Scores

Final

Richmond 31

(2-4, 0-2 CAA)

James Madison 38

(5-2, 2-1 CAA)

Coverage: NBC Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, October 12, 2013

Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, VA

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 3 3 3 2231
JMU 7 0 21 1038

Top Performers

Passing: M. Strauss (RICH) - 423 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Green (RICH) - 16 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Edwards (RICH) - 13 REC, 83 YDS, 1 TD

James Madison holds on for 38-31 win over Richmond

Associated Press

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Michael Birdsong threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns as James Madison held on for a 38-31 win over Richmond on Saturday.

Leading 7-6 at halftime, JMU (5-2, 2-1 Colonial) broke the game open in the third quarter with three touchdowns, beginning with a 100-yard kickoff return by Dejor Simmons. A 9-yard touchdown run by Quinton Hunter and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Birdsong to Deane Cheatham then extended the Dukes' lead to 28-9. Birdsong added a 39-yard touchdown pass in the fourth to put JMU up 38-16.

Richmond (2-4, 0-2) rallied with touchdowns on its next two possessions, scoring on a 15-yard run by Jacobi Green and a 7-yard pass from Michael Strauss to Ben Edwards. The Spiders attempted an onside kick after cutting the lead to 38-31 on a field goal with 1:32 left, but JMU recovered. Strauss threw for 423 yards and two touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
JMU
1st Downs2716
Total Yards487346
Passing423262
Rushing6484
Penalties10-837-60
3rd Down Conversions9-192-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers11
Possession34:1825:42

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Strauss41/644236.621
James MadisonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Birdsong16/2326211.421

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green16794.9115
Edwards300.004
James MadisonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott13423.2026
Abdullah6396.5022

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Diggs813617.0037
Edwards13836.4119
James MadisonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ravenel38327.7071
Hunter55410.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHJMU
FG09:46Brandon Jordi 40 Yd 30
TD05:54Michael Birdsong 1 Yd Run (Cameron Starke Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERRICHJMU
FG08:44Brandon Jordi 39 Yd 67
THIRD QUARTERRICHJMU
TD14:47Dejor Simmons 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Cameron Starke Kick) 614
FG09:35Brandon Jordi 21 Yd 914
TD09:00Quintin Hunter 9 Yd Run (Cameron Starke Kick) 921
TD02:34Deane Cheatham 16 Yd Pass From Michael Birdsong (Cameron Starke Kick) 928
FOURTH QUARTERRICHJMU
TD14:13Seth Fisher 5 Yd Pass From Michael Strauss (Brandon Jordi Kick) 1628
FG11:42Cameron Starke 46 Yd 1631
TD11:14Daniel Brown 39 Yd Pass From Michael Birdsong (Cameron Starke Kick) 1638
TD10:06Jacobi Green 15 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2238
TD07:22Ben Edwards 7 Yd Pass From Michael Strauss (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2838
FG01:32Brandon Jordi 23 Yd 3138