Big plays highlight entertaining JMU football spring game

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison football fans got their first look at the 2019 Dukes on Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium and were treated to a plethora of big plays, including three offensive touchdowns and a pick-six at annual Spring Game, presented by United Bank.

The Dukes ran 80 plays during the game, which consisted of two regulation quarters. JMU gained 540 yards of total offense, with 407 coming through the air and another 133 in the run game.

JMU’s offense provided six scoring drives, including a pair of passing touchdowns, one rushing score and three field goals. The defense also put one on the board by way of an interception for a touchdown.

The quarterbacks combined to complete 63 percent of their passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Ben DiNucci led the game with 177 yards and a touchdown, Cole Johnson threw for 145 yards and a score, and Gage Moloney provided 85 yards passing. The run game was paced by Percy Agyei-Obese, who ran for 52 yards, while Solomon Vanhorse rushed for 41 yards (long of 20) and a touchdown.

JMU had a pair of passing plays over 60 yards, including a 62-yard pass by DiNucci to Vanhorse, as the running back finished with a game-high 103 all-purpose yards. Johnson connected on a 77-yard touchdown pass to Jamir Hudson for the game’s longest play from scrimmage. Davis Patterson also caught a 20-yard touchdown from DiNucci, and Jake Brown led all players with five receptions.

The Dukes’ defense started strong out of the gates, allowing just two field goals in the opening 15 minutes. Isaac Ukwu led the game with 2.0 sacks, and John Daka provided 1.5 sacks. The defense also found the endzone with a 65-yard pick-six by D’Angelo Amos in the second quarter.

Season tickets for the 2019 JMU football season, presented by CarMax, are on sale now and can be purchased online, by calling 540-568-3853 or by visiting the JMU Athletics Ticket Office inside the Convocation Center.