No. 1 JMU Leans On Defense To Knock Off Delaware

Greg Madia, Publisher
Dukes of JMU
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JMU Athletic Communications

NEWARK, Del. – Top-ranked James Madison needed every stop and the touchdown its defense recorded during a 20-10 Colonial Athletic Association win over Delaware at Tubby Raymond Field in Newark, Del., on Saturday.

Senior defensive end Andrew Ankrah’s second quarter 23-yard scoop-and-score gave the Dukes a lead they would never give up.

Trailing 10-7, Ankrah corralled Delaware quarterback Joe Walker’s backward pass that skimmed off the hands of running back Kareem Williams. Once Ankrah secured the ball, he sprinted into the end zone untouched giving JMU a 14-10 lead.

JMU got its offense from running back Trai Sharp, who carried 36 times for a career-high 185 yards and a touchdown. The team added field goals of 39 yards and 48 yards from junior kicker Tyler Gray.

But the Dukes' defense never relented against the Blue Hens’ offense.

JMU forced three turnovers. Senior safety Raven Greene had an interception and forced a fumble. Junior cornerback Jimmy Moreland recovered a fumble.

Senior linebacker Brandon Hereford led JMU with 11 tackles.

Delaware was limited to 229 total yards of offense.

With its win JMU (5-0, 2-0 CAA) extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to in Division I to 17 consecutive wins, which also ties a CAA all-time record. Delaware drops to 2-2 (0-1 CAA).

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