McNeese St. 30, James Madison 24
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ Kerry Joseph ran for two touchdowns, including the game winner, and passed for a third Saturday as McNeese State scored 24 points in the second half to defeat James Madison 30-24.
Joseph scored from one yard out with 6:31 to play as McNeese (3-0) completed its comeback from a 24-6 deficit at halftime. James Madison fell to 2-1.
The Cowboys were ranked No. 1 among Division I-AA schools; James Madison was ranked 7th.
Joseph ended the night much differently than it began. Quincy Waller intercepted a Joseph pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. John Coursey followed that with a 21-yard field goal and Kevin Jeter ran 29 yards for a touchdown to give the Dukes a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
Joseph found Terrence Davis on a 57-yard touchdown pass midway through the second period. The extra point failed.
Macey Brooks caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mike Cawley for James Madison’s final touchdown.
Henry Fields cut the Dukes’ lead to 24-13 with a four-yard run midway in the third period. Joseph ran 33 yards for a touchdown with 1:09 left in the third quarter, but his pass for a two-point conversion failed.
Jose Larios’ 20-yard field goal brought McNeese State within 24-22 with 7:53 to play. After he scored the deciding touchdown, Joseph also ran for the two-point conversion.