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James Madison overcame a 20-point deficit and lost four fumbles to defeat Georgia State 42-40 in Harrisonburg on Saturday.
The Dukes (7-3, 5-2 Sun Belt) were down 34-14 at halftime and scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to lead 35-34 against the Panthers (4-7, 3-4). walk.
Percy Agyei-Obese’s two rushing TDs came between Salem High grad Kaelon Black’s 15-yard TD reception in the third quarter.
JMU’s Todd Centeio threw for four touchdowns and 274 yards with an accuracy of 21 of 27 after appearing as the Oyster Bowl MVP at the Old Dominion last week. Agyei-Obese had 89 yards on 20 rushes.
Georgia State’s Darren Grainger ran for two points and threw for one. After rushing for a 6-yard touchdown with 2:30 left to reduce the JMU lead to 42-40, the Dukes forced him to an incomplete on the two-point attempt.
JMU then recovered from an onside kick, got a first down and the clock ran out.
The Dukes, who aren’t qualified for a bowl and the conference championship game, will be looking to tie for a lead in the East Division next Saturday when they host first-placed Coastal Carolina, which has already secured a spot in the Sun Belt title game.
Apprentice 38, Bridgewater 28: The Builders (9-1) ended their best season in modern history by defeating the Eagles (9-2), the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s second-ranked team, in the Neptune Bowl at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Freshman Curtis Green rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries for Apprentice, who overtook Bridgewater by 312 yards to 140 and ended the year on a five-game winning streak.
Quarterback Mason Tatum rushed for two points and 96 yards on 12 carries and completed 16 of 29 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.
That TD came five seconds from the end in the first half — a 3-yarder against Ta’Kevion Petty, who had six catches for 131 yards. It gave Apprentice a 14-7 lead and the Builders extended it to 24-7 and 31-14.
The Eagles’ Malcolm Anderson was 19 of 28 for 276 yards and three touchdowns, but Apprentice had five sacks.
Apprentice lost to Randolph-Macon in the 2019 Neptune Bowl, but the Builders bested Bridgewater to finish the season 4-0 against Division III teams. That year, R-MC was the only other team to defeat Bridgewater.
Randolph-Macon 35, SUNY Cortland 28: Drew Campanale threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a first-round NCAA Division III playoff game for the Yellow Jackets (11-0), whose defense the Red Dragons (9-2 ) faded out the second half after being shredded in Ashland in the first.
R-MC was down 28-21 at halftime, but Nick Hale’s 7-yard run equalized by 28 points in the third quarter. Linebacker Jackson Deaver’s interception then gave the Jackets the ball in the Cortland 37, and Andrew Ihle capped a drive with a 1-yard go-ahead touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Jackets, who have never won more than nine games in a single season, have won 17 straight games. They meet Delaware Valley in Round 2 next Saturday, but the host will be announced on Sunday.
Wingate 32, Virginia Union 7: The Panthers (9-2) ended their year in the first round of the Division II playoffs with a loss to 5,903 at Hovey Field in Richmond.
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Jordon Thomas and Jaquan Edwards returned interceptions for 35- and 38-yard touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs (10-2) a 21-0 lead from North Carolina. Shaw Crocker threw two touchdown passes.
VUU’s only touchdown, at 6:58 in the third quarter, came on Jahkari Grant’s 48-yard pass to John Jiles, making the score 29-7. The Panthers’ Jada Byers, one of the nation’s top rushers, had 119 yards on 21 carries.
Wingate will travel to Benedict for a round of 16 game next Saturday.
The Citadel 26, VMI 22: Graeson Underwood connected with Christian Hilton on a 51-yard touchdown with 3:37 in play to lead The Citadel to a victory in The Military Classic of the South rivalry game in Lexington.
The Bulldogs went 14-3 at the break, but VMI roared back with three touchdowns in the third quarter after Eric Rankin blocked a Citadel punt and Elijah Quamiley returned it 20 yards for a touchdown for a 22-14 lead to take over.
The Citadel (4-7, 3-5 Southern) finished 319 yards on the ground.
Three quarterbacks collectively went 18 of 24 for 232 yards to lead VMI (1-10, 0-8).