HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Cortez Thompson returned a punt 87
yards for a touchdown with 3:04 remaining Saturday to give James
Madison a 20-13 victory over Delaware.
The victory over the defending Division 1-AA national champion
gives the Dukes (8-1, 6-0 Atlantic 10) the inside track to the
The Blue Hens (6-3, 5-1) dominated virtually every statistical
category, rolling up 466 yards of offense to only 166 for the
Dukes. However, the Dukes had to drive only 19 yards for their
first touchdown and 6 yards for their second, and Delaware twice
penetrated the James Madison 5-yard-line but had to settle for
Raymond Hines' 2-yard run TD run with 4:52 left in the third
quarter gave James Madison a 13-10 lead, but the Blue Hens tied it
on Brad Shushman's second 20-yard field goal late in the period.
The Dukes opened the scoring with an 18-yard pass from Justin
Rascati to Ardon Bransford in the first quarter, and Delaware
responded with a 6-yard TD pass from Sonny Riccio to Justin Long in
Riccio was 27-of-48 for 292 yards but threw three interceptions,
which the Dukes returned a total of 111 yards.
David Boler had 10 receptions for 114 yards for the Blue Hens,
and Omar Cuff ran for 162 yards on 34 carries.