NO. 11 NOVA RISES TO 4-1, KNOCKS OFF NO. 2 JAMES MADISON!

By Harry Allison

James Covington gained two yards on fourth-and-one from the Wildcats own 29-yard line with less than two minutes to play to seal the outcome as No. 11 Villanova (4-1, 2-0 CAA Football) knocked off No. 3 James Madison (4-1, 2-1 CAA Football) in a 28-27 thriller.

Daniel Smith and Rayjoun Pringle combined on a 57-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, and the Villanova defense shut out James Madison in the second half for a 28-27 win.

James Madison, ranked second in the FCS coaches poll, put together two long drives in the fourth quarter but Ethan Ratke missed 27- and 36-yard field goals.

The win is the first in Harrisonburg since 2009 for the Wildcats and extends Villanova’s all-time record to 18-13 (.581) against top-five ranked teams since becoming an FCS program in 1985. On the flip side, the loss for James Madison snapped several active streaks that the Dukes carried into the game.

Villanova’s last win over a team ranked as high as the Dukes came on October 12, 2013 when the Wildcats posted a 45-35 road win over No. 3 Towson.

 

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