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The WrApp-Up: JMU

I’ve been delaying this post all weekend.  I still don’t know what to write about this tough loss.  In a reversal of fortune, it was a late fumble that cost the Apps this time and not the Dukes.  If the game had been televised on ESPN, it’d be replayed on ESPN Classic almost immediately.  However, that’s little solace for an Appalachian fan.  Despite falling behind 21-0, James Madison never got down and powered their way back for the win.  Key quote from Coach Moore:

“They did a terrific job of fighting back in the second half,” said Moore. “Really good teams become great teams doing what they did tonight. They got some good momentum in the third quarter and played off that.”

 So, speaking of going from good to great, where does this Appalachian team go next? We’re not in mayday mode or anything yet.  Some who had predicted us to be at 1-2 at this point in the season wouldn’t be crazy.  We lost as expected at LSU, defeated a much weaker opponent (Jacksonville), and lost a tough road game against a very talented James Madison team looking for revenge.  I don’t want to get all Mickey Matthews on everyone and start talking about a bunch of what-ifs and could’ve-beens, but the No. 1 team in the nation shouldn’t blow a 21-0 halftime lead.  We really should be 2-1.  But we’re not and we have to move forward.  Looking ahead, we have three VERY winnable games (Presbyterian, Citadel, Samford) before our shot at Georgia Southern.  Let’s hope the team responds like it did last year and wins out on the way to the playoffs.   

 Here’s your story links:

Second Half Rally Stuns App at JMU  (GoASU.com)

JMU dethrones No. 1 Appalachian State (The Sports Network)

JMU surprises Appalachian State 35-32 (Winston-Salem Journal)

No. 5 JMU knocks off No. 1 Appalachian State (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

 

This picture sums the game up:

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The 411 on…No. 5 James Madison

An introduction to the James Madison Dukes…As if any Appalachian fan needs an introduction to the Dukes from James Madison.  The Dukes came to Boone in Year 2 of the Dynasty in a game billed as a Battle of Champions (JMU won the national title in 2004).  The Apps won 21-10 as we saw the first glimpses of ability from Armanti Edwards.  The next meeting would have a lot more on the line when the Dukes came back to Boone last November for a first-round playoff showdown at The Rock.  JMU managed to keep the potent ASU off the field with over 40 minutes of possession.  However, a few bonehead calls by coach Mickey Matthews fumbled (literally) the game away and the Dukes were sent home crying.  The key play (and the one that I’m sure has motivated JMU all off-season) – Trailing 28-27 and deep in Appalachian territory with only seconds remaining, the Dukes elect to run one more play before attempting a chip-shot field goal that would win the game.  The result – a fumble recovered by the Apps to preserve the Dynasty.   

Last season: See above for the only thing you really need to know about last season for the Dukes.  Cue redemption article here.

Last week: James Madison is coming off a MASSIVE win 52-38 win over CAA foe UMass. JMU QB Rodney Landers exploded for over 200 yards of rushing in a game that featured 866 total yards of offense from both teams.  The Dukes raced to a 31-10 lead at halftime but the Minutemen managed to cut the score to 45-38 with six minutes remaining.  However, JMU’s Griff Yancey scored his third TD of the second half with 1:56 left to secure the win. 

Stat Leaders: Passing – Rodney Landers, 21-32, 300 yards, 66% completion rate, 158.8 QB Rating; Rushing – Rodney Landers, 45 carries for 333 yards, 4 TD (Longest carry: 47 yards, TD); Receiving – Kerby Long, 6 receptions for 95 yards, 1 TD, (Longest catch: 47 yards, TD).

Team Offense: 38 points per game, 267 yards rushing per game; 103 yards passing per game.

Team Defense: 25 points per game, 134 yards rushing per game, 202 yards passing per game.

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The Picks

Finally, it’s here! College football is back! I originally intended this post to be about just FBS, but I had a several requests to include some FCS picks as well. As is usually the case, the first week of games doesn’t offer many appetizing choices. I didn’t want to just throw up a bunch of FBS vs. FCS picks – that’s too easy. The pickings at the FCS level are very slim this week, so there’s not very many this week. As the season progresses, it’ll obviously get much more difficult. Let’s hope my powers of prognostication hold up.

FBS Picks

N.C. State @ South Carolina – The OBC is hoping to turn the Gamecocks into winners and opens up the season on ESPN on Thursday night. The SC defense is expected to be the strong point of the team. The Wolfpack are hoping for a better second year under head coach Tom O’Brien, but they are still at least a year away. South Carolina 24, N.C. State 10.

No. 17 Virginia Tech @ East Carolina (Charlotte) – This one is being played at Bank of America Stadium, so there won’t really be any home-field advantage for either team. The Pirates played the Hokies close last season in Blacksburg. VT has some questions to answer this season and I think ECU might have what it takes for the upset. East Carolina 17, Virginia Tech 13.

No. 24 Alabama @ No. 9 Clemson (Atlanta) – Nick Saban brings an improved Alabama team into the Georgia Dome to face the highly rated Clemson Tigers. Clemson is expected to win the ACC this season with a roster loaded with talent. While I still think Clemson will be an underachiever this year, they’ll still beat the Crimson Tide easily. Clemson 31, Alabama 13.

No. 20 Illinois @ No. 6 Missouri – Other than the blowout loss in the Rose Bowl, Illinois had a magical season with their impressive turnaround from years of losing. The Illini return QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn. Mizzou narrowly missed out on a BCS bowl last year and will be looking to reach the BCS title game this year under QB Chase Daniel. I think the Tigers will be too much for Ron Zook and his team. Missouri 35, Illinois 14.

No. 18 Tennessee @ UCLA – The Vols take a trip into Pac-10 country to face Rick Neuheisel’s Bruins. I don’t think Tennessee will have the type of year they had last season but I think they’ve got the edge in this one. Tennessee 27, UCLA 17.

FCS Picks

No. 15 Elon vs. No. 4 Richmond – This is the marquee match-up of the first week of games. Elon finished at 7-4 last year in the SoCon with true freshman QB Scott Riddle passing for 3,817 yards and 31 TDs. Richmond welcomes first-year head coach and alum Mike London back home after former head coach Dave Clawson left for the offensive coordinator job at Tennessee. The Spiders return 16 starters, 14 of which were freshmen and sophomores last season. Richmond won 11 games last year before losing to Armanti Edwards, I mean Appalachian State, in the NCAA Semifinals. I expect the scoreboard operator to be busy in this one. Richmond 42, Elon 28.

No. 6 James Madison @ Duke – This isn’t your typical FBS vs. FCS game. The Blue Devils are famous for their perpetual struggles in football, while the Dukes are a solid football team. As many of you probably remember, they were seconds away from ruining a 3Peat. It’ll be close, but I think David Cutcliffe will have Duke prepared enough to eke out a win. Duke 20, James Madison 17.

Season Record

Overall: 0-0

FBS: 0-0

FCS: 0-0

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