JMU rallies, tops William and Mary, 31-24: Dukes in playoff hunt?
James Madison rallied from a 24-13 fourth-quarter deficit, getting the go-ahead score with 47 seconds to go on a pass from Vad Lee to DeAndre Smith, to top William and Mary, 31-24, on Homecoming at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday.
The Dukes (6-3, 3-2 CAA) trailed 24-13 one play into the fourth quarter on a blocked punt that the Kendell Anderson of the Tribe (6-4, 2-3 CAA) returned for a touchdown.
A Ryan Maglio 35-yard field goal with 12:21 to go cut the deficit to 24-16, and a touchdown pass from Lee to Daniel Brown made it 24-23 when coach Everett Withers decided to go for the extra point to cut the margin to one, and not a potential game-tying two-point conversion.
Lee, the Georgia Tech transfer, had another big day under center for JMU, going 26-for-40 passing for 324 yards and three touchdowns, fueling a day for the Dukes’ offense that saw them gain 445 yards.