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Too close for comfort: Dukes hold on for win over upset-minded Towson

In another road battle, the #6/7 James Madison football team held off a pesky Towson squad for a 17-13 Colonial Athletic Association win, Oct. 9. The Dukes are now 4-1 and 1-1 in CAA play, while the Tigers fall to 1-5 and 0-3 and league action.

Towson got on the board first to open the game on the game’s first possession. The hosts moved the ball in 12 plays from their own 27 down to the JMU 6 before the Dukes’ defense halted the drive. There, Nick Wallace converted the 23-yard field goal attempt to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.

The teams exchanged possessions before Madison hit the scoreboard in quick fashion. Senior quarterback Drew Dudzik scrambled on the first play for a 24-yard gain to the Towson 44. Then Dudzik went aerial, hooking up with redshirt-freshman Dae’Quan Scott for a 44-yard strike in the end zone. Redshirt-freshman Ben Hopewell converted the point-after attempt to give JMU a 7-3 lead with just over five minutes to play in the opening quarter.

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