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Posted September 23, 2012 | Leave a comment
JMU roundup: JMU football tops Rhode Island
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Redshirt-senior quarterback Justin Thorpe had his first career 300-yard passing game to lead James Madison University to a 32-7 victory in their Colonial Athletic Association football opener at Rhode Island. The Dukes are now 3-1 and 1-0 in the CAA, while the Rams fall to 0-3 and 0-2 in league play.
Madison had 498 yards of total offense while limiting the Rams to just 183 yards, including 95 yards after URI's first two possessions of the game. JMU converted 11-of-20 third-down opportunities while holding URI to just 1-of-10. The Dukes were also 2-of-3 on fourth-down chances compared to the Rams being unsuccessful on both of theirs.
The Dukes (3-7-0, 1-1-0) held the Tribe (7-3-0, 1-0-0) without a shot in Sunday's opening half, and that marked the first time in 10 games this season that W&M had failed to get a shot off in a half.
For the game JMU out-shot W&M 15-13, but Tribe goalkeeper Caroline Casey stopped five of those shots, another JMU attempt hit the crossbar, and a W&M defender cleared away a near score by the Dukes. Casey recorded her fifth complete-game shutout and her seventh overall shutout of the year.
The regionally top-ranked Tribe's first goal came on a left-footed shot from six yards out by Emory Camper with 18:41 left to play. The goal was set up by a pass from Dani Rutter,
Nicole Baxter provided W&M's second goal on a header off a cross from Leci Irvin with 6:11 left on the clock.
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