Roundup: JMU falls, Richmond, VMI post big wins

The #11 James Madison football squad fought on the road but came up on the short end of a 14-7 loss at defending national champion #6 Villanova, Oct. 23. With their second straight conference loss, the Dukes fell to 4-3 and 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Wildcats moved to 5-2 and 3-1 in league action.

Both teams missed field-goal attempts in the first half before the host Wildcats got on the board with a 15-play, 80-yard march over 7:39. This included Villanova converting a fake punt at the 50 with a 23-yard run by Dominic Scarnecchia midway through the drive to put VU in deep in Madison territory at the 27. Quarterback Chris Whitney capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Norman White. Nick Yako hit the extra point to make it 7-0 with 4:19 remaining in the first half.

VU struck again after a 3-and-out for the Dukes gave the hosts the ball back with just under three minutes to play in the half. On the fourth play from scrimmage, Whitney hit a streaking Mikey Reynolds for a 54-yard touchdown and the Wildcats were up 14-0 at the halftime break.

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