Saturday, November 2, 2013
When: 2:30 PM Eastern
Villanova Wildcats (4-4, 3-2) vs James Madison Dukes (5-3, 2-2)
Sagarin: Villanova: 89 | Maine: 152
Bridgeforth Stadium (Capacity: 25,000)
Where: Harrisonburg, VA
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: CBS Sports Radio 610 AM
Tickets: James Madison Ticketing
Twitter: #NovaFB | #BeatJMU
Villanova & James Madison: Series History
This will be the 22nd game in the matchup of the Wildcats; the series is narrowly led by James Madison 11-10
- Greatest Margin of Victory: Villanova, 41 (1991)
- Longest Series Streak: 3 (Both schools)
- Current Streak: Villanova, 1 win
James Madison Dukes: Quick Download
Expected to have a strong bounceback year in 2013, it's been a season of up and downs for the Dukes. A promising start, including a narrow loss to FBS-level Akron, was dimmed by a narrow victory over tiny St. Francis (PA). An opening CAA loss to Delaware was tough to take, before the Dukes rebounded against Albany and Richmond. Last week, JMU fell victim to William & Mary on the road and currently sit at 2-2 in the conference.
QB Michael Birdsong leads the offense, where he is a threat to both throw and run. In the backfield, senior Dae'Quan Scott leads the way with freshman Khalid Abdullah providing support. Through the air, Birdsong will looking to Daniel Brown and Quintin Hunter, with Scott also a capable threat out of the backfield.
Defensively, 2013 preseason CAA Player of the Year Stephon Robertson (a likely NFL draft pick), is the heart and soul of the defense. Tyler Snow is the best player on the line, while Dean Marlowe patrols the secondary.
Mickey Matthews is in his 15th season on the James Madison sideline and has helped the Dukes transform into a power program in FCS football. He lead the team to a National Championship in 2004 and to six playoff berths in that time. He is the winningest head coach in program history with both the most wins (108) and the best winning percentage (.613).
James Madison has repeatedly put players into the NFL, including former players Charles Haley and Scot Norwood (much love to you Scott, from a New York Giants fan), and current players Akeem Jordan and Arthur Moats.
Current SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak is also a graduate.
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