Late touchdown lifts James Madison past Central Connecticut 14-9

Daily Press

Dae'Quan Scott scored late in the fourth quarter, propelling James Madison to a hard-fought 14-9 victory over Central Connecticut State.

With 3:10 remaining and the Dukes clinging to a 7-3 advantage, Scott added an insurance score when he converted from eight yards out. The Blue Devils added a touchdown on the final play of the game to account for the final margin.

The Dukes' defense was dominant throughout, forcing the Blue Devils to punt on their first six possessions and seven of their first eight, but James Madison continued to let Central Connecticut State stay close, thanks in large part to four turnovers.

James Madison opened the scoring with its second drive of the day as Justin Thorpe connected with Jonathan Sharp on a 28-yard scoring strike to cap off a six-play, 87-yard drive.

The Dukes maintained their seven-point lead until the 12:53 mark of the fourth quarter when Central Connecticut State kicker Juan Duque nailed a 35-yard field goal to trim the lead to 7-3.

Justin Paradis recovered a fumble by Lee Reynolds at the Dukes' 37 on the ensuing kickoff, but Central Connecticut State's drive stalled on a fake field goal attempt that came up two yards short of fourth-and-7 from the 8-yard line.

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