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(3) James Madison holds off VMI to advance in FCS Playoffs

Published: Apr. 24, 2021 at 6:43 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - (3) JMU defeated VMI 31-24 in the first round of the FCS Playoffs Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The Dukes were led by a strong rushing attack, which accumulated 305 total yards between Jawon Hamilton, Percy Agyei-Obese and Cole Johnson.

The highlight of the day came after a VMI punt pinned JMU deep at the Dukes’ own one-yard line. Hamilton broke free for a 99-yard touchdown run in the first quarter giving JMU an early 7-0 lead.

Antwane Wells had a strong day on the receiving end hauling in 132 yards and a score.

The Keydets cut what was an 18-point JMU to just seven late in the fourth quarter, but could not convert on an onside kick attempt, sealing the JMU win.

“We’ve had good practices, got good leadership, everybody’s on the same page and I think we’ve improved and keep improving,” JMU head coach Curt Cignetti said. “Now I think we took a step back today in the second half in some areas.”

The Dukes had three interceptions in the win.

“Coming in to this week, we knew they threw the ball a lot, so we told ourselves this was a great opportunity to get interceptions and sacks,” redshirt senior linebacker Kelvin Azanama said. “We were just talking about interceptions and sacks all throughout the week.”

(3) James Madison moves on to play North Dakota next week.

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