The first game of the 2011 FCS playoffs is in the books, and it took a game winning field goal as time expired to break a 17-17 tie between James Madison and Eastern Kentucky. The JMU Dukes came back from a 17-7 deficit third quarter deficit to advance to a second round matchup against North Dakota State in Fargo.
One week after Dae'Quan Scott ran wild for 250+ yards against UMass, the Dukes pounded the rock on the ground an amazing 68 times for 244 yards. Scott carried the ball 24 times for 78 yards this week, but was out-gained by his quarterback, Justin Thorpe. The Dukes' quarterback did almost all of his damage on the ground, keeping it an astonishing 28 times for 93 yards. But that wasn't all out of the JMU backfield. Despite the 52 combined carries from Scott and Thorpe, neither found the end zone as third option Jordan Anderson took it in for the Dukes' two touchdowns on the day.
JMU now travels to Fargo to face the number two seeded North Dakota State Bison. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with kickoff scheduled for 3PM next Saturday.