HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- James Madison ran for 140 yards and
four touchdowns after a scoreless first half Saturday and dealt
Massachusetts its fourth straight loss, 28-7.
Justin Rascati scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards for the Dukes
(4-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10), Raymond Hines added a 9-yard TD and Maurice
Fenner had a late 25-yarder.
Massachusetts (2-4, 0-3) was limited to just 42 yards on the
ground on 24 attempts and tried to make up for it with its passing
game. Tim Day finished 28-for-52 for 220 yards and a touchdown, but
also threw two interceptions and was sacked once.
James Madison had just 72 rushing yards -- and 88 total yards --
in the first half, but finished with 291 yards. Massachusetts had
262 yards and committed four turnovers.
Rascati, who was 11-for-17 for 79 yards with an interception,
scored on a 1-yard run with 4:01 left in the third quarter to cap
an 11-play, 96-yard drive for the game's first points. He made it
14-0 with 11:56 remaining, capping a 12-play, 63-yard march.
Hines, who had 123 yards on 12 carries, put the game out of
reach with seven minutes left after Tony LeZotte's interception and
10-yard return to the Minutemen's 24. Himes ran for 15 yards on the
next play, then took it the final 9 yards.
Fenner added 85 yards in 22 tires, including the touchdown with
Mike Douglas scored the only Massachusetts touchdown on a 2-yard
pass from Day.
Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those who "buried" the Crimson Tide.
Despite a 1-4 start to the season and a 7-11 record since taking over at Texas, coach Charlie Strong has ongoing support from school officials and key boosters, according to several sources.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Questions are being raised about the transparency of the daily fantasy industry after a DraftKings employee won $350,000 in a weekend contest on FanDuel.
As much confidence as LSU coach Les Miles expresses in the abilities of his receivers, he has apparently decided to see if the threat of lost playing time sharpens their focus.
Michael Brewer, originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks, broke his left collarbone in the Hokies' season-opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State.