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Offenses take national spotlight as Dukes host Bearkats

HARRISONBURG — Two high-powered offenses will take center stage at 7 tonight at Bridgeforth Stadium. Fourth-seeded James Madison University will host fifth-seeded Sam Houston State in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff quarterfinals. The two teams have the top two-ranked ...

Dukes hammer Bearkats, advance to FCS semifinals

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison's dominant Football Championship Subdivision playoff run continued on Friday night before a packed crowd at Bridgeforth Stadium. The fourth-seeded Dukes took control early and cruised to a 65-7 victory over fifth-seeded Sam Houston State. It was the ...

JMU football notebook: Special teams play key to Dukes’ success

HARRISONBURG -- Brandon Ravenel loved what he saw. After the University of Hampshire scored against James Madison University to start the second half of last Saturday's playoff game, JMU's Ravenel and his teammates gathered in the huddle and had a good talk before the ensuing kickoff. "We ...

Defense improving steadily for JMU this season

HARRISONBURG -- When James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston first came to Harrisonburg last January he quickly realized that he needed to change the mindset of his defense. The last two years JMU's defense had struggled, but under Houston and new defensive coordinator Bob ...

JMU’s balance pays off big against New Hampshire

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University senior running back Khalid Abdullah doesn't get frustrated when teams stack the box like New Hampshire did Saturday in JMU's 55-22 win -- instead he's flattered. The Wildcats made a concerted effort to try to stop the run, and for the most part they ...

Second-quarter surge lifts Dukes past Wildcats in FCS playoffs

HARRISONBURG -- Things started off a little shaky for James Madison University on Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Dukes struggled in the opening quarter, but turned things around in the second quarter and cruised to the FCS quarterfinals ...

Dukes eager to start playoffs against Wildcats

HARRISONBURG – James Madison University's football team has lost in its first playoff game each of the last two seasons, and coach Mike Houston said he's reminded his team that this year's team is not the same team. The Dukes host the University of New Hampshire at 2 p.m. today in the ...

On Campus notebook: Miller off to strong start for Concord

Aaron Miller (Sherando '13) is off to a strong start in his senior year for Concord University's men's basketball team. Miller is averaging 19.7 points per game to lead the Mountain Lions. He has been the leading scorer in four of the six games this season. He is averaging 3.0 rebounds ...

JMU football notebook: Bye week helps Dukes get refocused for playoffs

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston has coached in plenty of games at different levels. So he's very aware of how big having a first-round bye can be for his team. The fourth-seeded Dukes had a bye last week and will now host the University of New ...

Davis making big impact for Dukes

HARRISONBURG – James Madison University senior wide receiver Rashard Davis had an impact on JMU's win over the University of Richmond earlier this season without even touching the ball. The Spiders punted the ball out of bounds as they were trying to avoid punting the ball to ...

Kloosterman, Steele among 14 All-CAA selections for JMU

HARRISONBURG - James Madison University's football team capped off its undefeated Colonial Athletic Association season with 14 all-conference selections. The All-CAA team was announced Tuesday and the Dukes had a school-record 10 first-team selections. Among JMU's 14 honorees, Strasburg ...

On Campus notebook: Loudan named conference Offensive Player of the Year

Taylor Loudan (Sherando '13) couldn't have asked for a much better way to end his senior season. The Christopher Newport University football senior was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year late last week. Loudan is only the third in school history to be ...

JMU football notebook: Johnson shows potential in victory

HARRISONBURG – James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston has known all season that true freshman Cole Johnson had the ability to be special, and this past week JMU fans got a glimpse of it. Johnson went 12-for-13 for 274 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, ...

Dukes top Elon, earn No. 4 seed in playoffs

HARRISONBURG -- The freshman got it done. Making the first start of his career, James Madison University freshman quarterback Cole Johnson had a strong game to lead the Dukes to a 63-14 victory over Elon on Saturday. It was announced Sunday that JMU will be the No. 4 seed in the Football ...

Plenty still at stake for Dukes against Elon

HARRISONBURG – James Madison University's football team may have already clinched the Colonial Athletic Association title and a playoff berth, but they still have plenty to play for today when they host Elon University. The Dukes are trying to become only the second team in program history ...

Dukes stay in Woodstock to avoid distractions before home games

HARRISONBURG -- This afternoon after their classes are finished for the day, James Madison University players will board buses and head to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Woodstock. The Dukes have a home game with Elon on Saturday and the team will stay overnight at the Woodstock hotel ...

Dukes confident in all of their quarterbacks

HARRISONBURG -- Throughout the season James Madison University football coach Mike Houston has been saying that freshman Cole Johnson is the future at quarterback. The future may be now for the Dukes. In last week's win over Villanova, starting quarterback Bryan Schor suffered an injury on ...

Winning CAA title special for JMU

HARRISONBURG -- It was only fitting that James Madison University had a little adversity to overcome to pick up the outright Colonial Athletic Association title last weekend. The Dukes, undefeated in the conference, won the CAA title with their victory over Villanova and a loss by New ...

JMU Football notebook: Dukes receive special surprise after victory

HARRISONBURG – James Madison University head coach Mike Houston and his team had a welcomed surprise on Saturday after their 20-7 road victory over Villanova. Shortly after the Dukes came back to the locker room Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Joe D’Antonio showed up with the ...

Dukes ready to face Villanova’s third-ranked defense

HARRISONBURG -- Something has to give when James Madison University's football team plays at Villanova University at 1 p.m. today. The Dukes enter the game with No. 2 ranked scoring offense in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Wildcats have the No. 3 ranked FCS scoring ...