Northeastern 31, James Madison 7
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ David Edmundson rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown Saturday, and the Northeastern defense turned two fourth-quarter interceptions into TDs en route to a 31-7 victory over James Madison.
Northeastern (4-5, 3-5 Yankee) snapped a three-game losing streak by intercepting Greg Maddox four times in the second half. The loss drops James Madison (6-3, 4-2) out of the conference’s Mid-Atlantic Division race. The Dukes entered the game ranked 18th in Division I-AA.
Maddox was responsible for five of the six Dukes turnover, fumbling on a quarterback sack. The opportunistic Huskie defense parlayed two of the interceptions into TDs over a 30-second span.
With James Madison trailing 17-7, Matt Quinn picked off Maddox and returned it 29 yards for a TD with 7:16 remaining. Zach Falconer then intercepted Maddox and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown with 6:59 left.
The game’s first score, a 1-yard plunge by Jim Murphy in the first quarter, was set up by a James Madison fumble, a sign of things to come.
The Huskie offense rushed for 333 yards, controlling the ball for 42:46. Brian Vaughan had 127 yards on 17 carries for the Huskies.
The Dukes only score came on a 72-yard pass from Maddox to Macey Brooks at the start of the fourth quarter. It was the 22nd touchdown catch of Brooks’ career, breaking David McLeod’s school record.