GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Raymond Hines' fourth-down, 1-yard
touchdown run with 28 seconds left lifted James Madison to a 14-13
victory over Furman and the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals on
The Dukes (11-2) had never won more than one game in five
previous playoff trips. Now, they'll face William & Mary next week
for a spot in the championship game at Chattanooga on Dec. 17.
William & Mary defeated defending national champion Delaware,
44-38, in double overtime earlier Saturday.
It looked like a long shot for the Dukes as Furman's Scott
Beckler lined up for the clinching 43-yard field goal with five
minutes remaining. But James Madison's Demetrius Shambley blocked
the low kick -- it was the Dukes' second block of the game -- and set
up a final chance at victory.
Quarterback Justin Rascati completed 5 of 8 throws on the
winning 74-yard drive, including passes of 16 and 11 yards to D.D.
Boxley when the Dukes faced second-and-22. Rascati's 14-yard throw
to Ardon Bransford brought James Madison to Furman's 8 with 54
Hines was stopped at the 1 on third down and James Madison
called timeout to go over the last play. Hines took the ball from
Rascati and moved left into an open end zone. David Rabil converted
the extra point and sent the James Madison side into hysterics.
Florida transfer Ingle Martin could drive the Paladins after the
kickoff. His final throw, a line drive into a pack of about six
Dukes, fell incomplete and Furman (10-3), the second seed and
Southern Conference champion, was done.
Hines had a 5-yard run touchdown run in the second quarter to
start James Madison's scoring.
Besides the blocked field goal, Beckler missed an extra point
after Furman's third-quarter score.
Rascati completed 16 of 22 for 176 yards. He also was James
Madison's leading rusher with 67 yards.
Martin was far from the player who threw four TDs a week ago in
Furman's opening, 49-7 playoff win over Jacksonville State. Martin
fumbled twice and his poor pitch led to a third giveaway.
Furman tailback Cedrick Gipson had a chance to extend Furman's
13-7 lead in the third quarter, but fumbled the ball away on James
Martin finished 13 of 22 for 190 yards. The Paladins were held
to 141 yards rushing, nearly 100 shy of their average (233.3 yards)