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James Madison Rolls Past Stony Brook 26-7 in 2nd Round of FCS Playoffs

FCS Football Playoffs

The James Madison Dukes proved they are the team to beat this year in the FCS Football Playoffs. The Dukes easily defeated the Seawolves 26-7 earlier today. Not only did James Madison prove their dominance in the FCS, but they also proved they were the better team in the CAA this season. Stony Brook wasn’t able to put points on the score board until the fourth quarter. I figured this game would be closer, but I obviously didn’t factor in the turnovers.  Quarterback Joe Carbone was picked off five times. That was the big takeaway as to why the Dukes dominated once again this week.

The James Madison defense was just too much in this game. They lead the FCS in total defense and scoring defense and today was no different. Stony Brook was held to just 94 yards of offense in the first-half. Wesley McCormick, Jimmy Moreland, Raven Greene, Curtis Oliver, and Rashad Robinson picked off Carbone and the Seawolves. The defense adds to an already impressive 9 points per game and is the most feared defense in the FCS Playoffs. Greene led the Dukes with 11 tackles and defense shut down Stony Brook seven times behind the line of scrimmage. JMU also shut down the running game for the Seawolves. With a trio of good backs, the Dukes only gave up 104 yards on the ground.

Stony Brook Football

Stony Brook did a great job at containing the rushing attack of James Madison, but the Dukes aren’t one-dimensional. Bryan Schor completed 74 percent of his passes for 255 yards and threw 2 touchdown passes. Terrance Alls had a great receiving day with 10 catches, 94 yards, and 1-yard touchdown reception. Not much happened on the ground as JMU could only net 49 yards. Marcus Marshall and Percy Agyei-Obese had 15 yards each. Trai Sharp was ineffective in the running game, but did have a 5-yard touchdown reception from Schor.

Stacey Bedell led the Seawolves with 59 yards rushing on 11 carries. Harrison Jackson had 7 catches for 124 yards and a 37-yard touchdown catch. Defensively, the Seawolves brought it against the Dukes. They sacked Schor five times with Shayne Lawless having two of them. They held JMU to under 50 yards rushing and just 304 yards of total offense, but had no help from the offense.

JMU Football

Stony Brook finishes the season at 10-3 while James Madison is stays unbeaten for their victory number twelve this season. The Dukes make their way into the quarterfinals, where they’ll play the winner of the Southern Utah, Weber State matchup. If James Madison showed one thing today, they showed they are a force to be reckoned with. Like everybody didn’t know that already.