Harrisonburg, VA (WWBT)- The big question entering Saturday's match-up between Richmond and James Madison was how the Dukes would fare without their starting quarterback. Justin Thorpe was suspended at the beginning of the week for a violation of athletic department policy, but JMU was able to earn the win with Jace Edwards under center.
The Dukes out-gained the Spiders in total offensive yards, 331-118, en route to a 31-7 victory over Richmond at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday. The Spiders got on the board first with a Kendall Gaskins one yard rushing touchdown, following a Dashawn Holmes blocked punt to set up the score. That would be the only score of the game for the Spiders, however, as it was all JMU from there. Jauan Latney got the Dukes on the board with a five yard rush in the second, and Edwards added a ten yard score of his own to give JMU a 14-7 lead at the half. Jordan Anderson took over at running back in the second half and steamrolled through Richmond, putting up 162 yards and two TD's on the ground to fuel the 31-7 win. Anderson and Latney carried the weight of the running game, after Dae'Quan Scott went down with a shoulder injury in the second quarter that head coach Mickey Matthews called "serious."
In addition to Anderson's big day, Latney rushed for 98 yards and the score. Edwards completed five of his 12 pass attempts for 34 yards. For Richmond, Aaron Corp went 16-for-31 for 130 yards and was sacked seven times.
James Madison improves to 4-1, 2-0 in CAA play, and will host Maine next Saturday. Richmond falls to 3-2, 0-2 in conference play, and travels to Towson.