James Madison Football Beats Youngstown State, Wins FCS Title

JMU Quarterback Bryan Schor trots onto the field before Saturday’s game.
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Frisco, TX – The James Madison Dukes captured the second national championship in program history on Saturday when they beat Youngstown State, 28-14, at Toyota Stadium. JMU won their last FCS (then called I-AA) title on December 18, 2004 when they defeated Montana at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium.

JMU opened the scoring on a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Bryan Schor. Later in the first quarter, Schor hit Rashard Davis on an 18-yard strike to put the Dukes up 14-0. The FCS’s leading rusher, Khalid Abdullah, made it 21-0 when he scored from one yard out in the second quarter.

The Penguins made it 21-7 when quarterback Hunter Wells connected with Shane Kuhn on a 17-yard touchdown but drew no closer as Abdullah registered his second rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

The Dukes finished the year at 14-1 under first-year coach Mike Houston, while the Penguins finished at 12-4 under first-year coach Bo Pelini.

Brett Siegel (41), Curtis Oliver (26) and Justin Wellons (24) celebrate JMU’s victory on Saturday.
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