#18 UMass Comes Back To Knock Off #15 JMU, 21-14
Oct. 30, 2010
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The 18th-ranked UMass football team rallied from behind in the fourth quarter for the third time this season to pull off a 21-14 win at a sold-out Bridgeforth Stadium (16,664). The Minutemen scored 18 consecutive points including 15 in the fourth quarter to snap a two-game losing streak. Senior QB Kyle Havens threw for a pair of short touchdowns to Julian Talley and the game-winner to Andrew Krevis to secure the Minutemen's first win at James Madison since 2002.
In a game that was critical for postseason playoff possibilities, UMass improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the CAA. The Dukes fell to 4-4 and are 1-4 in the league.
Jonathan Hernandez keyed the three second-half scoring drives with 82 in the second half. The junior went over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season and fifth time in his career with 137 yards on 28 carries.
On defense, Blacksburg native Tyler Holmes racked up 14 tackles and a huge 10-yard sack with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter that severely damaged JMU's hopes. Mike Mele also had a big game with 13 tackles.
UMass secured the win as freshman Mike Lee had a pass break-up with 2:29 left in the fourth in the end zone on JMU's last chance on a fourth-down.
After trailing 14-3 at halftime, UMass had its largest comeback of the season (11 points), and third fourth-quarter rally this year. Krevis hauled in his third score of the season to put the Minutemen ahead for good. The drive started after perhaps the game's most critical moment with 10 minutes left in regulation. UMass stopped James Madison on a 4th-down-and-1 at the JMU 48-yard line and took over possession and scored on the ensuing drive.
UMass tied the game at 14 all with 13 minutes left in regulation. Havens engineered a drive that finished with a 2-yard TD pass to Talley. Then Havens completed his first 2-point conversion of the season (after four failed attempts) with a pass to Dan Sheeran to deadlock the game.
Violette booted home a 25-yard field goal with 3:04 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 14-6. The drive was kept alive by a successful fourth-down conversion as Anthony Nelson hauling a nifty 19-yard grab for his first reception of the game.
James Madison's Jamal Sullivan ran for two touchdowns and 73 yards on the ground, while quarterback Drew Dudzik racked up 277 yards of total offense (179 passing and 98 rushing).
Sullivan scored a pair rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, running in from eight and two yards away. His second score came with 17 seconds left in the first half giving the Dukes a 14-3 lead at intermission.
The Minutemen took the opening drive deep into James Madison territory, but settled for a 33-yard field goal by Caleb Violette, 3:05 into the game making it 3-0.
After playing one home game in the last seven weeks, UMass starts a stretch of back-to-back home games next week against Maine at 3:30 p.m. That game, which is Band Day, will be televised by Comcast SportsNet New England. The following week, UMass hosts No. 6 Delaware on Nov. 13.