ORONO, Maine, Sept. 27, 2008 – Senior quarterback Rodney Landers (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) ran for 156 yards and a touchdown and threw for 108 yards, and sophomore tailback Griff Yancey (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) scored twice as James Madison pulled away in the final quarter for a 24-10 Colonial Athletic Association football win at Maine Saturday.
Landers ran 27 times and had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He scored on a 30-yard run in the third quarter to give JMU a 10-3 lead and completed seven of 13 passes.
Yancey carried 10 times and scored on runs of 12 and 30 yards after
The win was JMU’s fourth straight and raised the Dukes’ overall record to 4-1 and their CAA mark to 2-0.
The victory was JMU Coach Mickey Matthews’ 68th in 10 JMU seasons and made him the Dukes’ all-time winningest coach. He is 68-45 at JMU, and he moved past Challace McMillin (1972-84) on the program’s coaching wins list. McMillin was JMU’s first football coach, and he compiled a 67-56-1 record in 13 seasons.
JMU went in front to stay Saturday on the series after
The Dukes scored in three plays. Landers ran for 11 and 12 yards to open the drive, and Yancey covered the final 12 yards with 12:21 to play.
The teams battled to 3-3 halftime tie with JMU compiling 173 yards and
JMU tied the score 3-3 at the 8:53 mark of the second quarter on a 26-yard field goal by senior placekicker Dave Stannard (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill). The Dukes moved 69 yards in 12 plays to set up the kick.
JMU went up 10-3 with 4:18 left in the third quarter on Landers’ 30-yard touchdown run to cap a four-play, 82-yard series. Landers ran for four and eight yards before hitting senior tailback Eugene Holloman (
JMU finished with 427 yards of total offense (319 rushing, 108 passing) and
The Dukes intercepted three passes, and senior free safety Marcus Haywood (
Senior defensive end Hassan Abdul-Wahid (
JMU returns to Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field next Saturday (Oct. 4) to meet CAA foe Hofstra at 1:30 p.m. in its annual Family Weekend game.
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