Black, James Madison run over Bucknell 38-3 in opener
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Kaelon Black ran for 125 yards on 10 carriers, three teammates scored rushing touchdowns and James Madison opened the season with a 38-3 win over FCS Bucknell on Saturday night.
Bucknell crossed midfield only twice, turning the ball over on downs at the JMU 23 in the first quarter and kicking a 49-yard field goal on the last play of the first half.
In picking up their 21st straight home-opening win, the Dukes piled up 436 yards, 261 coming on the ground.
After taking a 3-0 lead into the second quarter, starting quarterback Alonzo Barnett III scored on a 9-yard run in the first minute and Latrele Palmer had a 13-yarad scoring run.
Ty Son Lawton’s 5-yard run made it 24-3 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Jordan McCloud threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Brown and a 13-yarder to Maxwell Moss. McCloud ended up 7 of 11 for 144 yards. Barnett was 3 of 11 for 15.
Bucknell stopped James Madison on downs twice inside the 10.
Ralph Rucker was 13 of 19 for 140 yards for Bucknell.
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