HARRISONBURG, Va. -- DeAndre' Smith returned an interception 86 yards for a score to assure James Madison a 31-21 victory over Villanova Saturday.
Villanova, trailing 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, had a new set of downs at James Madison's 20, when Smith picked off the pass.
The Wildcats (4-5, 3-3 Colonial Athletic) missed another scoring opportunity early in the final quarter, driving to the JMU 29. The Dukes defense thwarted that effort too as the Wildcats missed on a 46-yard field goal attempt. Stephon Robertson led the defensive charge for JMU with a career-high 16 tackles, keeping Villanova scoreless in the second half until late in the fourth when John Robertson passed to Earnest Pettway for a score.
James Madison (6-3, 3-2) opened the scoring when Kalid Abdullah ran in from the 6. Villanova matched scores each time until the Dukes took the lead for good on Cameron Starke's 30-yard field goal.
Ohio State will get its fair share of prime-time opportunities during the 2016 season.
The Baylor Bears come out of spring still needing to sort out their offensive line and hoping QB Seth Russell will be healthy come fall.
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay explain why former Ole Miss players Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil may have been risky picks, but will likely pay off in a big way.
Mel Kiper Jr. explains why Cleveland passing on Connor Cook in favor of Cody Kessler was a head-scratcher and Todd McShay says he was a little shocked by Green Bay's first-round pick.
Of the 51 SEC players drafted by NFL teams over the weekend, 25 were ranked in the ESPN 300 or the ESPN JC 100.
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