NCAAF Game Recap - James Madison at West Virginia
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

West Virginia 20, James Madison 13

Aug 31, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

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James Madison (0-1)

7

0

3

3

13

West Virginia (1-0)

0

3

7

10

20

Kendall tosses 2 TDs, West Virginia tops James Madison 20-13
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:36 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Austin Kendall loved the outcome but wasn't happy that West Virginia's offense struggled for much of the game against a Championship Subdivision opponent.

The Oklahoma graduate transfer threw two second-half touchdown passes in his debut for the Mountaineers, who needed a comeback to hold off FCS No. 2 James Madison 20-13 Saturday.

"We've got to be better as a team, especially me," Kendall said. "We've got to be better on offense."

Kendall couldn't generate a ton of yards under constant pressure but did just enough to give Neal Brown a victory in his first game as West Virginia's coach while preventing the Mountaineers from losing to an FCS opponent for the first time.

West Virginia's strengths entering the season were its depth at running back and on the offensive and defensive lines. All of those units underperformed as James Madison dominated the line of scrimmage for a good portion of the game.

The Mountaineers averaged just 1.4 yards per rush, leaving it up to Kendall to bail them out.

He did - barely.

"Say what you want," Brown said. "The offense wasn't pretty. I was really proud of this group and how we reacted at halftime. We didn't panic. I thought we took control of the game, even though we had to win it right at the end of the game."

Kendall found Tevin Bush on a short pass that turned into a 41-yard gain to start the third quarter, leading to Kendall's 28-yard TD toss to Florida State transfer George Campbell.

Evan Staley kicked two field goals for West Virginia, including a 43-yarder early in the fourth that put West Virginia ahead 13-10.

Keith Washington intercepted Ben DiNucci's next pass and West Virginia took over at the Dukes 30. On third down, Kendall found Bush wide open behind two defenders in the end zone on a 22-yard scoring pass. Kendall finished 27 of 42 for 260 yards.

DiNucci impressed with both his running and passing. He twice converted long third-down throws on the next drive, leading to Ethan Ratke's 31-yard field goal with 4:33 remaining.

James Madison had two chances with the ball after that, but couldn't get into scoring position.

DiNucci went 13 of 20 for 156 yards but was sacked four times.

"We weren't consistent enough with our passing game," said Dukes coach Curt Cignetti, a West Virginia graduate. "I thought they wore us down a little bit as the game went on."

James Madison fumbled the ball away twice and also had a field goal blocked.

THE TAKEAWAY

James Madison: The Dukes looked like the better team for much of the game under their new coach and showed why they are ranked No. 2 in the Championship Subdivision preseason polls.

"I think we have a chance to be a good football team," Cignetti said.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers entered the season with a young squad and their concerns only seemed to grow after getting outgained 328-294.

RB WOES

West Virginia's Kennedy McKoy, who ran for 802 yards a year ago, was limited to 11 yards on 11 carries. Martell Pettaway led the Mountaineers with 20 yards on nine attempts.

"I thought we played really well on defense," Cignetti said. "We stuffed the run and did a great job."

PASS CATCHING HELP

After losing most of its production from a year ago, West Virginia got immediate help from some of its young wide receivers. Redshirt freshman Sam James caught six passes for 32 yards and Temple transfer Sean Ryan, a sophomore, had two catches for 31 yards.

UP NEXT

James Madison: Hosts St. Francis, Pennsylvania, next Saturday.

West Virginia: Plays at Missouri next Saturday.

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Passing

JMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. DiNucci 20 13 65.0 0 156 29 1 67.9
WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 42 27 64.3 2 260 41 0 97.3

Rushing

JMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Vanhorse 12 55 4.6 10 1
B. DiNucci 14 36 2.6 22 0
WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Pettaway 9 20 2.2 5 0
K. McKoy 11 11 1.0 5 0

Receiving

JMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Polk 4 66 16.5 21 0
K. Dean 4 63 15.8 29 0
WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Bush 4 74 18.5 41 1
T. Simmons 5 58 11.6 20 0

Fumbles

JMU F FL
P. Agyei-Obese 1 1

Returning

JMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Amos 1 17.0 0 17 3 1.3 0 2
B. Polk 2 26.0 0 30 0 - 0 0
WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. James 3 18.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 1 4.0 0 4

Punting

JMU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
H. OKelly 5 214 42.8 51
WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 8 323 40.4 60

Takeaways

WVU Int Yds InTD
K. Washington Jr. 1 7 0

Team Stats Comparison

JMU WVU
Points For 13 20
Total Yards 328 294
Rushing Yards 172 34
Passing Yards 156 260
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/20 27/42
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 18 13
Penalties - Yards 2/20 6/35
Time Of Possession 50:50 10:10
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 6/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/43 8/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter JMU WVU
JMU 13:13 TD Solomon Vanhorse 9 yd run (Ethan Ratke kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter JMU WVU
WVU 2:27 FG Evan Staley 38 yd FG 7 3
3rd Quarter JMU WVU
WVU 2:28 TD George Campbell 28 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 7 10
JMU 8:26 FG Ethan Ratke 29 yd FG 10 10
4th Quarter JMU WVU
WVU 4:34 FG Evan Staley 43 yd FG 10 13
WVU 6:17 TD Tevin Bush 22 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 10 20
JMU 10:27 FG Ethan Ratke 31 yd FG 13 20

Game Information

Stadium: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Attendance: 61,891
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