HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Michael Birdsong had three touchdowns in the first half as James Madison coasted to a 38-14 win over Central Connecticut State Saturday night.
The Dukes led 21-7 at half after dual-threat quarterback Birdsong ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third.
James Madison pulled away in the third quarter on two big plays: a 54-yard punt return touchdown by Dae'Quan Scott and a 51-yard interception return for a score by Taylor Reynolds.
Scott had 15 carries for 120 yards for the Dukes.
Birdsong was 10 for 18 with 115 yards passing and 55 on the ground.
CCSU's Andrew Clements completed 10 of his 24 attempts for 127 yards with a touchdown, but was intercepted twice.
James Madison's ground game piled up 247 yards on the ground and accumulated 362 offensive yards.