VIDEO: Blue Hens fight back to earn first conference victory
Delaware turned the ball over on its first offensive play, an interception that led to a JMU field goal, but the second half was owned by Delaware as they roared back for a 29-22 win over James Madison in the CAA opener for both teams.
The Dukes controlled the first half, scoring on a 33 yard pass to running back Dae'Quan Scott for a touchdown with 6 seconds remaining in the first half, to take a 19-7 lead into intermission.
In the second half, the Dukes failed to capitalize on their first possession, missing a 33 yard field goal attempt after the drive stalled.
Delaware, on the other hand, forced JMU to punt from inside their own one yard line...the punt was returned back to the Dukes 15 and three plays later Trent Hurley hit backup tight end Malcolm Bush with a one yard touchdown pass to make it a 19-14 game late in the third period.
Delaware forced the Dukes to punt, blocked the kick and two plays later took the lead on an 8 yard touchdown pass to Nick Boyle, who also caught the two point conversion to make it UD 22, JMU 19 with 44 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
JMU responded, taking the ball down to the UD 27 at the end of the third quarter. They ended the drive with a 28 yard field goal to tie the game at 22-22 with 11:35 left in the 4th quarter.
Delaware regained the lead on an 11 play, 75 yard drive, that featured a 41 yard romp by quarterback Trent Hurley. The score came on a 4 yard TD pass from Hurley to tight end Nick Boyle to make it 29-22 with 6:40 remaining.
The next possession by JMU was stopped on downs by the Delaware defense, forcing the Dukes to punt.
JMU got the ball back on a punt at their own 16 yard line with 3:06 remaining. But the Dukes third down and 12 play was intercepted by linebacker Pat Callaway and run back to the Dukes 27 with 1:58 remaining. Delaware then got a first down and ran out the clock for a 29-22 win over the Dukes.
Trent Hurley was 20 for 31 for 233 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Two of his TD passes were to tight end Nick Boyle, who caught 5 passes for 49 yards.
Jerel Harrison had a career day with 6 catches for 99 yards.
JMU's quarterback, Michael Birdsong, was 19 for 35 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The win raises Delaware's record to 4-1, 1-0 in the CAA, while James Madison dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAA.
Delaware is on the road next week at Maine.
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