Dukes break losing streak, win at Delaware, 20-8

Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thorpe (Richmond, Va./Varina) ran for one touchdown and threw for another to lead the James Madison football team to a 20-8 victory at Delaware Saturday.

Thorpe ran 12 yards for JMU’s first touchdown and hit senior tight end Charlie Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) on a seven-yard scoring play for the Dukes’ second touchdown.

The first-year quarterback threw for 262 yards overall, and JMU compiled 386 yards of total offense in winning at Delaware for the first time since 1994.

The victory snapped a four-game JMU losing streak and raised the Dukes’ overall record to 3-5 and their Colonial Athletic Association mark to 1-4.

Delaware fell to 5-3 overall and to 3-3 in the CAA.

JMU trailed 3-0 at halftime but scored on three of its first four possessions of the final half. The Dukes drove 75 yards on their first series of the third quarter to go up 7-3, went 66 yards on their third series of the half to lead 13-6 and drove 83 yards for a third score.

 

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