Gameday Coverage: Dukes destroy Coastal Carolina 47-7, solidify top spot in Sun Belt East

Gameday Coverage: Dukes destroy Coastal Carolina 47-7, solidify top spot in Sun Belt East
Gameday Coverage: Dukes destroy Coastal Carolina 47-7, solidify top spot in Sun Belt East(WHSV)
Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 9:39 PM EST
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Gameday Coverage: Dukes destroy Coastal Carolina 47-7, solidify top spot in Sun Belt East

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - James Madison smothered #23 Coastal Carolina 47-7 on Saturday afternoon. With this victory, the Dukes earned the top spot in the Sun Belt East standings. However, the Dukes were not officially named Sun Belt East Champions since JMU was ineligible for a conference title in its first year as an FBS team.

James Madison ends its FBS debut with an 8-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in Sun Belt play.

JMU outgained Coastal Carolina by over 300 yards. Quarterback Todd Centeio completed his college career with another statement performance, going 17-of-32 for 287 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Centeio also rushed for 25 rushing yards and one score on the ground.

Kris Thornton made a game-high six catches for 93 yards and earned a spot in the record books as the Dukes’ first two-time 1,000-yard receiver. Devin Ravenel added five receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Percy Agyei-Obese had seven carries for 179 yards and finished his JMU career third all-time with 3,503 total rushing yards.

The Dukes were dominant on defense, recording nine tackles-for-loss and five sacks. Jailin Walker led the Dukes with 10 tackles while Chris Chukwuneke added eight more. The Dukes played a stellar game, with no turnovers and only three penalties.

James Madison became the first team to ever play a full FBS schedule in its first year moving from the FCS to the FBS conference. The Dukes complete a historic season that included a 5-0 start in the FBS, the first Top 25 ranking in program history, and the first Top 25 win at Bridgeforth Stadium.