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Gameday Coverage: No. 3 JMU handles No. 6 Montana, returns to FCS Semifinals

The No. 3 seed James Madison football team is headed back to the FCS Semifinals. (Photo...
The No. 3 seed James Madison football team is headed back to the FCS Semifinals. (Photo Courtesy: JMU Athletics)(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 10:04 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The No. 3 seed James Madison football team is headed back to the FCS Semifinals.

The Dukes defeated No. 6 seed Montana, 28-6, Friday night in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs at Bridgeforth Stadium. JMU racked up 487 total yards and scored a touchdown in each quarter to take down the Grizzlies with a balanced attack. Cole Johnson threw for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Kris Thornton hauled in six receptions for 82 yards and one TD. Antwane Wells Jr. recorded five receptions for 80 yards and Devin Ravenel caught a crossing route and sprinted 82 yards for a TD in the first quarter.

Latrele Palmer led the Dukes in rushing with 167 yards on 19 carries, including a 50-yard TD run in the second quarter. Lorenzo Bryant Jr. added a nine-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

The JMU defense dominated all night with linebackers Kelvin Azanama (13 tackles) and Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey (12 tackles, 0.5 sack, 0.5 TFL) leading the way. Defensive lineman Mike Greene was disruptive in the middle, racking up nine tackles, a 0.5 sack, and 0.5 TFL. Safety Sam Kidd added 11 tackles and three pass breakups.

JMU will either travel to No. 2 seed North Dakota State or host No. 7 seed East Tennessee State in the semifinals next week. NDSU and ETSU are scheduled to play a quarterfinal game Saturday at 12 p.m.

James Madison has advanced to the FCS Semifinals in five of the last six seasons.

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