JMU football to play at Virginia Tech in 2025

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced the signing of a football contract for James Madison to play at Virginia Tech during the 2025 season.

James Madison Football - 2019

The Dukes and Hokies will meet at Lane Stadium on Sept. 20, 2025, marking the eighth meeting between the programs. Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 6-1, but the last time the two met in 2010, JMU rallied at Lane Stadium for a 21-16 win, arguably one of the biggest upsets in FCS vs. FBS history.

JMU forced the Hokies into three turnovers, outscoring the hosts 14-3 in the second half to mount the comeback. JMU quarterback Drew Dudzik scored three total touchdowns, which included rushing for both of JMU’s second-half touchdowns. Tech had a pair of red-zone chances in the fourth quarter, which were thwarted by the JMU defense with a turnover on downs and a fumble recovery. The Dukes capped off the win by absorbing a roughing the kicker penalty, allowing the Dukes to take a knee and run out the clock.

“The victory at Virginia Tech in 2010 will stand forever as a great moment for the JMU football program,” Bourne said. “It is a special opportunity for these two institutions to compete in football with so many connections between family and friends for so many folks in the state of Virginia. A game like this creates memories that last beyond a final score for our student-athletes and for our fans.”

In addition to the 2010 game at VT, JMU’s other ACC win was also its first victory against an FBS opponent, beating Virginia 21-17 in 1982.

The Dukes have played 28 games against the FBS since 1979, going 6-22 in those contests. JMU has won two of its last five against the FBS, with both coming against American Athletic Conference teams SMU in 2015 (48-45) and ECU in 2017 (34-14).