RICHMOND, KY (WWBT) - James Madison could not get through their year without playing a game in Richmond. But unlike their last game in Richmond, VA, the Dukes got a last second field goal to win in Richmond, KY.
Cameron Starke kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to lift James Madison to a 20-17 win over Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday.
Madison (8-4) rallied from a 17-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. Jordan Anderson capped a 76-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 17 with 10:01 remaining. Anderson scored two touchdowns, the first on a 1-yard run to give James Madison a 7-0 lead with 13:55 left in the first half.
JMU controlled the flow of the game, holding the ball for a staggering 40:30 of the contest while outgaining the Colonels 393-213. In the second half alone, JMU has 52 offensive plays to just 14 for the Colonels while keeping the ball for more than 23 minutes. The Dukes rushed for 244 yards in the game and threw for 149, while limiting EKU to just 119 yards on the ground, more than 80 yards below its season rushing average. Madison also didn't give the ball up on a turnover in the game to a team that came in as a plus-16 in the turnover column for the year.
The Dukes, who have won three straight games, will face North Dakota State in the second round of the FBS playoffs Dec. 3. D.B. Banjoman ran for two touchdowns while Matt Denham rushed for 125 yards for the Colonels (7-5), who won six of their last seven regular-season games.
James Madison advances to play North Dakota State in the next round.
Last season, the Richmond Spiders kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to win the regular season contest with the Dukes.