Strong Rush Attack Powers #7 JMU to 38-17 Win at #15 Towson

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TOWSON, Md. – Seventh-ranked James Madison rushed for a season-high 395 yards as a team and the defense shut down No. 15 Towson over the final three quarters to earn a 38-17 Colonial Athletic Association Football victory on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Dukes conclude the regular season with an 8-3 record and finish second in the CAA standings with a 6-2 conference mark. The Tigers fall to 7-4 and 5-3 with the defeat.

JMU produced a trio of 100-yard rushers in the win, led by graduate Cardon Johnson, who notched a game-high 162 yards on 13 carries (12.5 avg.), which included a season-long 76-yard touchdown in the first.

Senior Trai Sharp ran for 107 yards and score with a long of 40. He averaged 7.1 yards on 15 carries.

Redshirt junior Ben DiNucci accounted for 285 yards of total offense in the win. He was 15-of-22 for 181 passing yards while also rushing for 104 yards and three touchdowns, marking his first career 100-yard game. The three rushing scores were also a career best.

On the receiving end, redshirt sophomore Jake Brown led the team with six catches for 41 yards, and redshirt freshman Kyndel Dean had three grabs for 56.

Defensively, redshirt junior Dimitri Holloway led the way with a game-high 14 tackles, the second-highest tackle total for him this season. Junior Landan Word turned a career-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack.

JMU forced four sacks as a team, as junior John Daka registered a career-high two sacks and a forced fumble. Redshirt junior Ron’Dell Carter also had a sack to up his season total to 7.5, leading all JMU defenders during the regular season.

The Dukes also had a season-best seven pass breakups, led by redshirt senior Jimmy Moreland’s two. He also recovered his second career fumble recovery late in the first half.

Towson’s Tom Flacco was 31-of-50 for 372 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team with 52 rushing yards. Shane Leatherbury had a game-best 10 catches for 88 yards and a score and Jabari Allen led all receivers with 135 receiving yards.