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FCS title is purple reign of James Madison

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - James Madison played all season as if it knew something the rest of the FCS didn't know, but on Saturday, there was no denying who's the best team in the nation.

Sorry, Fargo, it's all purple reign this season.

Bryan Schor threw for two touchdowns and Khalid Abdullah rushed for 101 yards and two scores as the CAA Football champion Dukes handled Youngstown State 28-14 to claim the program's second FCS national title before 14,423 at Toyota Stadium.

The Dukes' fans reveled throughout the one-sided game, and why not considering their team's accomplishments. Having already ended North Dakota State's five-year national championship run in the semifinals, the Dukes (14-1) beat their chest in the final - and some Youngstown State ball carriers as well - to complete coach Mike Houston's first season with a national title. They previously won in 2004.

"This team won (a JMU-record) 14 games this year," Houston said. "They went undefeated in CAA play. They beat North Dakota State at North Dakota State. They won a national championship on a big stage. I think they go as the best team in JMU history - hands down."

"This," senior linebacker Gage Steele said, "is going to be a moment that we talk about for the rest of our lives."

Coming into the season, James Madison simply wanted to win one playoff game, let alone the four it took as the No. 4 seed. The Dukes underachieved in the last two postseasons, losing at home in their opening game. But after Houston arrived from The Citadel, he demanded more discipline and physical play out of the Dukes, and they eventually molded into the most complete team in the FCS.

Losing only to FBS team North Carolina in mid-September, the Dukes won their final 12 games behind a physical run game, an athletic, opportunistic defense and a deadly return game.

It was all on display against Youngstown State (12-4), which sought to add to its four national titles in the 1990s. James Madison controlled the surge at the line of scrimmage - offensively and defensively - which allowed Schor and Abdullah to feed off each other and Steele (two sacks) to swarm Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells.

The Dukes made big plays early to grab control of the game.

Justin Wellons' blocked punt to end Youngstown State's first drive set up the Dukes at the Penguins' 18-yard line. Two plays later, Schor threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jonathan Kloosterman (his fifth TD catch of the playoffs) at the 11:20 mark.

A poor YSU punt then gave the Dukes the ball at midfield. Abdullah cut back for a 30-yard run before Schor connected with Rashard Davis for an 18-yard touchdown pass, making it 14-0 with 9:37 left.

"Obviously, it didn't start the way we wanted," Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini said.

"This isn't a time to point fingers."

In the second quarter, Schor and his wide receivers picked apart the YSU secondary for four completions as part of an eight-play, 87-yard drive that was capped by Abdullah's 1-yard touchdown run, which extended the Dukes' lead to 21-0 with 8:17 remaining.

While Youngstown State closed within 21-7 before halftime on Wells' 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Shane Kuhn, the unseeded Penguins' hopes for a comeback ended early in the second half. On the third play, a Wells pass deflected high into the air and cornerback Curtis Oliver intercepted it at the Youngstown State 47. The Dukes then steamrolled downfield in six plays, with Abdullah scoring from two yards out for his 25th touchdown of the season, making it 28-7.

Abdullah, named the game's most outstanding player, finished the season with 1,809 rushing yards, a James Madison record.

"It means everything," Abdullah said. "It just means that all the dreams and goals we had team came to fruition."

Youngstown State, averaging 257.5 rushing yards, didn't solve the Dukes' defensive front, which turned the Penguins one-dimensional in the second half. Wells (28 of 47, 281 yards) threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Wells with 10 seconds left to tighten the final score at 28-14, but the game wasn't that close.

The Dukes were FCS royalty again.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:10
99-Z.Kennedy extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 0:10
6-H.Wells complete to 16-J.Braswell. 16-J.Braswell runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
97
yds
02:37
pos
13
28
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:10
45-T.Gray extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
28
Touchdown 10:10
32-K.Abdullah runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
63
yds
02:53
pos
7
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:35
99-Z.Kennedy extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 3:35
6-H.Wells complete to 86-S.Kuhn. 86-S.Kuhn runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
29
yds
01:06
pos
6
21
Point After TD 8:17
45-T.Gray extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 8:17
32-K.Abdullah runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
87
yds
03:26
pos
0
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:37
45-T.Gray extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 9:37
17-B.Schor complete to 6-R.Davis. 6-R.Davis runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
50
yds
01:12
pos
0
13
Point After TD 12:10
45-T.Gray extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:10
17-B.Schor complete to 88-J.Kloosterman. 88-J.Kloosterman runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
18
yds
00:39
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 15
Rushing 8 7
Passing 13 5
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 8-18 3-11
4th Down Conv 1-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 324 262
Total Plays 79 57
Avg Gain 4.1 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 21 142
Rush Attempts 31 45
Avg Rush Yards 0.7 3.2
Net Yards Passing 303 120
Comp. - Att. 28-48 7-12
Yards Per Pass 6.3 10.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-32 2-8
Penalties - Yards 4-41 4-34
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-43.8 8-38.6
Return Yards 108 52
Punts - Returns 4-18 2-24
Kickoffs - Returns 5-90 3-29
Int. - Returns 0-0 1--1
Kicking 2/2 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Youngstown St. 12-4 070714
James Madison 14-1 1477028
303 PASS YDS 120
21 RUSH YDS 142
324 TOTAL YDS 262
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
H. Wells 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.6% 271 2 1 117.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62% 1985 13 6 137.1
H. Wells 28/47 271 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Webb 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
246 1383 6
J. Webb 17 41 0 14
T. McCaster 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 638 11
T. McCaster 2 9 0 8
D. Patterson 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
D. Patterson 1 8 0 8
S. Kuhn 86 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 15 2
S. Kuhn 1 4 0 4
H. Wells 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 -55 0
H. Wells 8 -12 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Bailey 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
54 579 5
A. Bailey 7 68 0 15
J. Webb 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 479 0
J. Webb 10 63 0 15
K. Rader 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 285 2
K. Rader 1 29 0 29
J. Wood 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 79 0
J. Wood 2 23 0 15
D. Patterson 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 484 2
D. Patterson 2 23 0 21
S. Kuhn 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 59 1
S. Kuhn 1 17 1 17
T. McCaster 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 67 0
T. McCaster 1 17 0 17
I. Scott 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 101 1
I. Scott 2 14 0 8
S. Derrick II 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 174 1
S. Derrick II 1 10 0 10
J. Braswell 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 73 1
J. Braswell 1 7 1 7
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Moss 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 1.0
A. Moss 8-0 1.0 0
A. Dellovade 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
A. Dellovade 7-1 0.0 0
K. Bishop 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
K. Bishop 5-0 0.0 0
D. Rivers 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
D. Rivers 5-0 1.0 0
B. Hurst 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Hurst 4-0 0.0 0
L. Wright 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Wright 4-2 0.0 0
D. Thomas 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Thomas 3-0 0.0 0
Sa. Smith 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
Sa. Smith 2-2 0.0 0
J. Kelly 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Kelly 2-0 0.0 0
C. Squiric 66 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Squiric 1-0 0.0 0
D. Rivers III 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Rivers III 1-0 0.0 0
D. Mesier 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Mesier 1-0 0.0 0
A. Bailey 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Bailey 1-0 0.0 0
J. Braswell 16 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Braswell 0-1 0.0 0
N. Dortch 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
N. Dortch 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Kennedy 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
19/29 39/40
Z. Kennedy 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Schuler 85 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 42.5 2
M. Schuler 4 43.8 2 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Webb 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 18.0 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 21.8 37 0
J. Webb 5 18.0 37 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Emans 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 4.5 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 4.5 13 0
R. Emans 4 4.5 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Schor 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 112 2 0 191.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.1% 3002 29 6 186.2
B. Schor 7/12 112 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Abdullah 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 101 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
298 1809 22
K. Abdullah 26 101 2 30
B. Schor 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
126 569 10
B. Schor 12 26 0 25
T. Sharp 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
115 627 5
T. Sharp 4 10 0 6
J. Miller 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 101 0
J. Miller 1 7 0 7
R. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
R. Davis 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 530 3
R. Davis 3 52 1 33
D. Taylor 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 641 3
D. Taylor 2 47 0 31
J. Kloosterman 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 322 7
J. Kloosterman 1 14 1 14
I. Hyman 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 75 0
I. Hyman 0 0 0 0
B. Ravenel 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 720 5
B. Ravenel 0 0 0 0
J. Miller 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 265 2
J. Miller 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
Jo. Brown 44 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
Jo. Brown 7-0 0.0 0
G. Steele 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
G. Steele 5-1 2.0 0
K. Hawkins 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
K. Hawkins 5-0 0.0 0
C. Oliver 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
C. Oliver 5-0 0.0 1
R. Greene 5 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Greene 4-0 0.0 0
T. Reynolds 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Reynolds 3-1 0.0 0
D. Carter 47 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
D. Carter 3-0 1.0 0
A. Ankrah 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Ankrah 2-0 1.0 0
M. Stone 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
M. Stone 2-0 1.0 0
S. Robinson 74 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Robinson 2-0 0.0 0
D. Holloway 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Holloway 2-0 0.0 0
J. Wellons 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Wellons 1-0 0.0 0
J. Moreland 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Moreland 1-0 0.0 0
C. Urquhart 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Urquhart 1-1 0.0 0
C. Tutt 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Tutt 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Gray 45 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
14/21 94/96
T. Gray 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Kane 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 38.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 41.6 3
G. Kane 8 38.6 3 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Ravenel 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 14.5 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 22.6 17 1
B. Ravenel 2 14.5 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Wellons 24 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 0 0
J. Wellons 1 12.0 0 0
R. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 28.4 7 4
R. Davis 1 7.0 7 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:36 YST 35 0:41 3 0 Punt
12:06 YST 25 1:11 3 5 Punt
9:29 YST 47 4:51 10 17
0:39 YST 20 0:00 1 4
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 YST 24 3:05 6 19 Punt
8:11 YST 27 1:16 6 -1 Punt
4:41 JMAD 29 1:06 3 29 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 YST 21 1:42 3 17 INT
10:05 YST 14 5:02 11 31
3:24 YST 20 3:23 8 50
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 JMAD 34 0:43 3 0
12:34 YST 32 1:04 3 -1 Punt
6:45 YST 13 2:09 8 28
2:47 YST 13 2:37 13 87 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 JMAD 23 1:11 3 3 Punt
12:49 YST 18 0:39 2 18 TD
10:49 YST 50 1:12 4 50 TD
4:33 JMAD 36 3:46 8 29 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:43 JMAD 13 3:26 8 87 TD
6:42 JMAD 7 1:51 4 -6 Punt
3:32 JMAD 17 3:21 8 24 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:03 YST 47 2:53 8 47 TD
4:56 YST 45 1:21 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 JMAD 34 1:29 3 -1 Punt
11:18 JMAD 32 4:23 7 14 Punt
4:27 JMAD 38 1:32 3 2 Punt
0:08 YST 43 0:00 1 -1