JMU Football Opponent Report: Richmond

By  | 

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison football team is preparing to host Richmond Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The James Madison football team is preparing to host Richmond Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The Spiders a 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Richmond has turned its season around with four wins over the last six games following a 1-3 start to the 2019 season.

The Spiders are led by a strong defense that ranks third in the CAA in Total Defense. Richmond's pass defense leads the conference by allowing just 203 passing yards per game. Defensive lineman Maurice Jackson is a force up front. He has a team-high 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Offensively, Richmond is paced by dual-threat quarterback Joe Mancuso. He has thrown for 1,654 yards and 12 touchdowns while completing 65% of his passes. Mancuso leads the Spiders with 588 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground.

Saturday's game is the 37th all-time matchup between the two programs. The all-time series is tied, 18-18. With a win over Richmond, JMU will win the 2019 CAA title outright.

Kickoff between the Dukes and Spiders is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium.