jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

#16 JMU falls at William and Mary, 17-7

The William and Mary football team defeated #16 JMU, 17-7, in front of a sold-out crowd for homecoming at Zable Stadium on Saturday.

jmu-wmW&M (5-3, 2-2) held JMU (5-3, 2-2) scoreless in the second half and allowed just 120 total yards in the final 30 minutes.

After a 28-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brent Caprio to junior wideout Tre McBride gave the Tribe its first lead of the contest late in the third quarter, sophomore safety Jared Velasquez sealed the victory with a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:33remaining. It stands as the second-longest interception return in school history.

The win improves W&M’s record to 4-0 at home this season, while it marks the second time in the last five years that the College has defeated JMU on homecoming.

In addition to holding the Dukes to just 298 yards of total offense, the Tribe’s defense recorded 10 tackles for a loss and posted its second pick-six of the season. Junior safety Ivan Tagoe registered a team-high nine tackles with 2.0 tackles for a loss, while junior defensive tackle Jasper Coleman recorded a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Senior defensive tackle George Beerhalterand sophomore linebacker Luke Rhodes also tallied a sack apiece, while sophomore cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson blocked a field goal that jumpstarted W&M’s go-head touchdown drive.

Senior quarterback Brent Caprio was outstanding in relief of starting signal caller, Michael Graham, who left the contest midway through the third quarter with an injury, as the Somers Point, N.J., native completed 6-of-8 passes for 88 yards with a touchdown. McBride also came up big with a career-high 10 receptions for 84 yards with a score, while junior running back Jarrell Coopertotaled a career-best 88 rushing yards on 28 carries.

After neither team scored in the first quarter, JMU took a 7-0 lead when Dae’Quan Scott caught a screen pass from quarterback Michael Birdsong and took it 40 yards into the end zone early in the second quarter.

W&M narrowed the margin to 7-3 with a 29-yard field goal by John Carpenter with 3:53 left in the second quarter.

Although JMU outgained W&M in the opening half, 187-131, the Tribe held the Dukes to just 32 rushing yards (on 16 carries) and controlled the time of possession, 17:14-12:46.

james madison looked as if it would extend its lead midway through the third quarter, but Houston-Carson blocked Cameron Starke’s 31-yard field goal attempt and W&M then marched 77 yards on 11 plays for the go-ahead score. In addition to throwing the 28-yard touchdown strike to McBride, Caprio completed 5-of-6 passes for 70 yards on the drive.

Velasquez’s interception return for a touchdown put the game out of reach, as he picked off Birdsong’s pass on a third-and-10 and raced 90 yards down the Tribe’s sideline for a touchdown.

Birdsong finished the game 18-of-34 for 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Scott totaled eight catches for 87 yards with a score. Linebacker Stephon Robertson led the Dukes with 15 tackles, 5.0 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts No. 20/22 New Hampshire next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.It will be the third consecutive week in which W&M has squared off against a ranked conference opponent.

 
Top Stories
a

Waynesboro begins Downtown Riverfront improvements

Spring 2016 marks the beginning of some dramatic and exciting changes to the Downtown Riverfront area in Waynesboro.

Waynesboro Police investigating credit card theft

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance from the community to help identify four individuals involved in a recent credit card theft.

City leaders want to delay new Waynesboro High School talks: Smart move

Waynesboro City Council leaders want to delay talks with the Waynesboro School Board over the future of Waynesboro High School until after the May city elections.

McAuliffe seems to welcome criticism from Everytown on gun bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has reversed course on gun control and is taking the incremental approach. A one-time ally is calling foul.

Fishburne Military School rifle team again best in Virginia

Brian Draper and his teammates on the Fishburne Military School rifle team would soon be taking aim with rifles at targets 50 feet away.

Bring your business courtside (almost) to 2016 ACC Tournament

Augusta Free Press will once again be courtside at the ACC Tournament - this year coming to the nation's capital March 8-12.

Augusta Health house calls: A ‘new twist’ on an old paradigm

The house call is making a comeback, and changes in medical technology are enabling doctors to take the power of the hospital with them to the living rooms of homebound seniors.

Senior: Keeping in shape at the Waynesboro YMCA helps you enjoy retirement

L.G. Ferrier was 85 years old when he decided that he needed to get in shape. Now an active member of the Waynesboro YMCA,

Augusta Free Press produces series of videos highlighting Vector Industries

Augusta Free Press recently produced a series of videos for Vector Industries highlighting the array of services offered by the Waynesboro-based company.

'God and Country Music' features Tim Spears: Country, gospel showcase

Country music star Tim Spears is debuting a new web TV series, “God and Country Music,” with four episodes now on YouTube.

 
Discussion
 
Recent News

AFP Business

AFP: The Magazine

In 2015, Augusta Free Press brought back our print magazine under a new name, Augusta Free Press: The Magazine.
.
 

Advertise on AFP

Get information on AFP readership and advertising online with us.
.
 

AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.
.
 

AFP Web Design

Get your business online for as little as $1,299. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development.
.
 

AFP Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
.

AFP Marketing/PR

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
.
 

AFP Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.

 

AFP Video/Audio

Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.
.
 

AFP Book Publishing

Augusta Free Press Publishing has produced books in-house and assisted more than 17 authors with book publishing and production services since 2003. Whether you need a cover, layout, or need help from start to finish, we are here to help!
.