(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: James Madison 21, (13) Virginia Tech 16
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Drew Dudzik rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the eventual go-ahead 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter, as James Madison shocked 13th-ranked Virginia Tech, 21-16, at a rain-soaked Lane Stadium.
Dudzik finished 5-of-8 for 121 yards and a touchdown through the air while rushing for 35 yards for the Dukes (2-0), who topped Morehead State to begin the year.
Jamal Sullivan added a 77-yard TD reception for James Madison, which became the first FCS team to beat Virginia Tech since Richmond did so in 1985.
Tyrod Taylor was 10-of-16 for 124 yards, one score and an interception for the Hokies (0-2), who opened the season on Monday with a 33-30 setback to Boise State. He added 86 yards on 13 carries.
Ryan Williams posted 91 rushing yards on 20 carries, Danny Coale caught three passes for 52 yards and Jarrett Boykin had a touchdown catch in defeat.
"We shouldn't have lost the first game (Boise State) and we shouldn't have lost this game," Williams said. "It goes down to the players and the staff. Everyone is in this. We've got to get better as a whole and better as a team and bounce back."
Taylor was guiding a potential scoring drive but was picked off by Jonathan Williams deep in James Madison territory late in the third period. Williams returned the ball to his own 38, and the ensuing drive covered 62 yards on eight plays and ended early in the fourth as Dudzik ran untouched for a 12- yard touchdown that put the visitors up 21-16.
Tech's following drive was stalled on a 4th-and-2 from the JMU 17-yard line on an incomplete pass in the end zone intended for Boykin, and the Hokies also had a potential scoring drive derailed with less than 5 1/2 minutes to play when Darren Evans fumbled inside the Dukes' 20-yard line.
JMU took over on its own 19, and Dudzik posted a 14-yard run on a 3rd-and-3 from the 26, then Jamal Sullivan converted the following third down. Later in the series when the Dukes stalled near midfield with seconds to go, a roughing-the-kicker penalty provided a fresh set of downs.
Dudzik took a knee to run out the remaining time.
"I make no excuses," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "James Madison ran the option well, particularly late in the game. Their quarterback [Dudzik] handled things great for them. Defensively, they are athletic. Then we didn't take advantage of a couple of opportunities."
Taylor hit Boykin for a nine-yard TD pass for the lone score of the first quarter.
Chris Hazley booted a 30-yarder roughly midway through the second for a 10-0 Hokies advantage, but JMU came back on the following series and cut its deficit to three when Sullivan took a Dudzik pass 77 yards for a score on a 3rd-and-17.
Hazley was good from 41 yards out with seconds to go in the quarter and Virginia Tech took a 13-7 lead to the half.
The Hokies added another Hazley field goal, this time from 28 yards out, to cap their first drive of the second half for a 16-7 game.
Dudzik called his own number to complete the Dukes' next drive, going to the left side for a seven-yard TD which made it 16-14. The run capped a 66-yard march in 14 plays.
Virginia Tech had won all six previous meetings and took the previous two by a combined 90-0 score...The Hokies racked up 362 yards of total offense to 235 for the Dukes, and held a 238-114 edge on the ground...James Madison became just the second FCS team to best a ranked FBS school, following Appalachian State's 34-32 win at Michigan on September 1, 2007.
09/11 19:07:00 ET