Scores

Final

Richmond 21

(5-0, 3-0 CAA)

James Madison 17

(2-3, 0-2 CAA)

12:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, VA

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 14 0 0 721
JMU 3 14 0 017

Top Performers

Passing: E. Ward (RICH) - 165 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Forte (RICH) - 18 CAR, 94 YDS

Receiving: R. McCarter (JMU) - 3 REC, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Richmond 21, James Madison 17

Associated Press

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Ben Keating caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Richmond rallied to beat James Madison 21-17 on Saturday.

Richmond (5-0, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association), the defending Football Championship Subdivision champion, has won 15 straight since losing to James Madison 38-31 on Oct. 11, 2008.

"I sit here before you really humbled and really blessed," Richmond coach Mike London said. "It didn't look pretty, but we played football when we had to play football. This is a special team. This is a team that rallies around each other."

Keating scored all three touchdowns for Richmond. He had a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter, his only carries of the game, then caught a 6-yard pass from Eric Ward with 7:20 to play in the game.

Ward was 16 of 26 for 165 yards and a touchdown.

"If Eric is not considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country, I don't know who is," London said. "He's as good as any quarterback out there."

After Richmond's go-ahead score the Dukes drove 57 yards to the Spiders' 6-yard-line, but redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thorpe fumbled the ball. The Spiders' Eric McBride recovered with 58 seconds remaining.

"He doesn't know. He's young," James Madison coach Mickey Matthews said of Thorpe. "He's got to learn to take care of the ball."

The Dukes (2-3, 0-2) took a 17-14 lead on a 15-yard return of a blocked punt in the second quarter by Corwin Acker.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
JMU
1st Downs1714
Total Yards264281
Passing165155
Rushing99126
Penalties7-746-60
3rd Down Conversions4-145-13
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Turnovers03
Possession31:1228:48

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward16/261656.310
James MadisonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thorpe7/15875.802

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte18945.2031
Wilkins6111.807
James MadisonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Yancey16744.6013
Thorpe14423.0014

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grayson37826.0043
Keating3248.0112
James MadisonRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCarter35418.0138
Noble24723.5043

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHJMU
TD12:05Ben Keating 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 70
FG07:10Dixon Wright 42 Yd 73
TD00:17Ben Keating 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 143
SECOND QUARTERRICHJMU
TD05:45Rockeed McCarter 38 Yd Pass From Drew Dudzik (Dixon Wright Kick) 1410
TD02:24Corwin Acker 15 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Dixon Wright Kick) 1417
FOURTH QUARTERRICHJMU
TD07:20Ben Keating 6 Yd Pass From Eric Ward (Andrew Howard Kick) 2117