Four Downs At The First Half

Greg Madia, Publisher
Dukes of JMU
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First Down – It wasn’t a pretty start for James Madison’s offense. On the first series, senior right guard Nick Edwards, who is playing in his first game back from suspension, got called for a false start. Two plays later, JMU quarterback Bryan Schor threw an interception. The next series resulted in a turnover for the Dukes’ offense too, as running back Marcus Marshall fumbled.

Second Down – Edwards, wide receiver Terrence Alls and linebacker Brandon Hereford have all seen significant action in their first game back from suspension. Edwards got the start at guard. Hereford has team-leading five tackles and Alls has one catch for five yards.

Third Down – The Dukes’ defense was put into tough spots after JMU’s offense turned the ball over on its first two possessions. Delaware’s first two drives started at JMU’s 42 and 40, respectively. JMU held Delaware to just three points on those chances. The three points came on a 55-yard field goal by Delaware kicker Frank Raggo. It was the longest kick of his career and the longest field goal in Delaware program history.

Fourth Down – Unlike Delaware, James Madison was able to turn its forced turnovers into points. Andrew Ankrah had a 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter. Ankrah never quit on a play that could’ve been called an incomplete pass. Delaware’s Joe Walker threw a pass, but it was behind the line of scrimmage, the ball bounced and while others around him hesitated, Anrkah did not and scooped-and-scored for a touchdown. Then late in the first half, Walker had a pass picked off by Raven Greene and JMU’s offense marched 71 yards on 12 plays. Kicker Tyler Gray converted a 39-yard field goal before the half ended.

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