James Madison 30, Shippensburg 0
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ D’artagnan Townes ran for two touchdowns in the second half Saturday in James Madison’s 30-0 victory over Shippensburg in the season opener for both schools.
But Division II Shippensburg held the Dukes scoreless in the first half. Shippensburg can award only 12 scholarships in football, 51 fewer than James Madison offers.
James Madison scored with 10:10 left in the third quarter when quarterback Willie Gonzalez hit Macey Brooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass. Gonzalez, who transferred from Georgia Tech last year, completed 25 of 35 passes for 244 yards.
John Coursey kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2:27 left in the quarter. Eight seconds later, Shippensburg kick returner William Ziegler fumbled the kickoff at his own 4, and linebacker Marcus Ordonez carried it in to give the Dukes a 17-0 lead.
Townes scored on a 1-yard plunge with 6:33 to play. His 91 yards accounted for all but 22 of James Madison’s rushing yards.
Mike Masella set up James Madison’s final touchdown when he intercepted a Bryan Benner pass and brought it back to the Raider 49. Five plays later, Townes scored again on a 9-yard run.