Scores

Final

Wofford 35

(9-3, 7-1 Southern)

James Madison 38

(11-1, 8-0 CAA)

3:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, VA

1 2 3 4 T
WOF 7 7 14 735
JMU 14 14 0 1038

Top Performers

Passing: R. Landers (JMU) - 126 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Romero (WOF) - 25 CAR, 87 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: R. McCarter (JMU) - 3 REC, 51 YDS, 2 TD

James Madison 38, Wofford 35

Associated Press

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Rodney Landers passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 166 yards and another score to lead James Madison to a 38-35 victory over Wofford in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday.

Landers scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run with 3:21 remaining in the game after throwing scoring passes of 15, 27 and 23 yards as the Dukes (11-1) built a 28-14 halftime lead.

James Madison advanced to play Villanova (10-2) in the quarterfinals next Saturday. Villanova defeated Colgate 55-28 in the first round.

Wofford (9-3) kept pace with the Dukes behind Mike Rucker, who had 11 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown; Ben Widmyer, who rushed for 98 yards, and Dane Romero, who had 25 carries for 87 yards and four touchdowns.

Romero's fourth score -- a 1-yard run with 1:11 remaining in the third quarter -- tied the score at 28.

However, James Madison's Dave Stannard kicked a 24-yard field goal with 11:39 remaining in the game for a 31-28 lead and Landers ran for a score to build a 38-28 advantage with 3:21 left.

Rucker's touchdown cut the lead to 38-35 with 1:02 left in the game, but the Dukes recovered the onside kick to run out the clock.

James Madison rushed for 343 yards and Wofford rolled up 301 yards on the ground.

Landers was 8 of 15 for 126 yards, throwing two touchdown passes to Rockeed McCarter and one to Bosco Williams.

Widmyer was 8 of 14 for 94 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WOF
JMU
1st Downs2725
Total Yards431469
Passing130126
Rushing301343
Penalties2-105-46
3rd Down Conversions6-1210-14
4th Down Conversions3-42-2
Turnovers01
Possession27:5932:01

Passing Leaders

WoffordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Widmyer8/14946.700
James MadisonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Landers8/151268.431

Rushing Leaders

WoffordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker111079.7130
Widmyer22984.5021
James MadisonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Landers241666.9122
Holloman191166.1134

Receiving Leaders

WoffordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Strickland36220.7036
Romero23417.0019
James MadisonRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCarter35117.0223
Williams23316.5127

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWOFJMU
TD09:23Dane Romero 2 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 70
TD06:25Eugene Holloman 34 Yd Run (Dave Stannard Kick) 77
TD00:23Rockeed McCarter 15 Yd Pass From Rodney Landers (Dave Stannard Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERWOFJMU
TD10:48Dane Romero 11 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 1414
TD08:01Bosco Williams 27 Yd Pass From Rodney Landers (Dave Stannard Kick) 1421
TD00:20Rockeed McCarter 23 Yd Pass From Rodney Landers (Dave Stannard Kick) 1428
THIRD QUARTERWOFJMU
TD11:32Dane Romero 4 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 2128
TD01:11Dane Romero 1 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 2828
FOURTH QUARTERWOFJMU
FG11:59Dave Stannard 24 Yd 2831
TD03:21Rodney Landers 6 Yd Run (Dave Stannard Kick) 2838
TD01:02Mike Rucker 12 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 3538