Dukes Stomp SHSU & Earn a Date With the Defending Champs
We certainly enjoyed that game on Friday. How about y’all? JMU locked the damn gates and ran all over Sam Houston State to the tune of a 65-7 shellacking. If you can imagine an aspect of a football game, JMU dominated in it. The defense continued its later season resurgence and shut down the FCS’s top offense from the regular season. JMU held the Bearkats to only 270 total yards and forced 3 turnovers. To call JMU’s performance dominating, would be doing it a disservice. The win earned JMU a trip to Fargo to take on five time defending national champion North Dakota State in the semifinals on Friday night. Giddy up.
Here’s our good, bad, and ugly from the game.
Pretty much everything JMU did on the football field – You might think we’re mailing it in with this, but seriously, what did JMU not do well on Friday night? Bryan Schor was 13 of 17 for 251 yards a TD. The rushing attacked amassed 356 yards. Khalid Abdullah and Trai Sharp each ran for over 140 yards. Six different Dukes caught passes. They had two special team touchdowns, including a spectacular Rashard Davis punt return to the house. They forced a SHSU team that had punted only 53 times all season heading into the game, to punt 10 times. They prevented Jeremiah Briscoe without a passing TD, after he had tossed 57 all year. They played physical with the receivers and completely took them out of the game. It was pure domination.
The Bridgeforth Faithful – In addition to the outstanding play on the field, we’ve got to give it up for the crowd. Friday was brutally cold and many of us were unable to make the trip back to the ‘burg after work. The die hards that did make it, sure made it loud. And the student support was simply fantastic. They showed up in a big, big way for the team.
Earning a chance to take down NDSU – This is so, so good. NDSU is a fantastic program that deserves every bit of praise that has been thrown its way. They’ve proven very difficult to beat in the Fargodome in the playoffs. But they’re not invincible and as the cliche goes, to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. We believe this JMU team has what it takes to win the whole damn thing. Beating NDSU on the way to doing it, would be icing on the cake.
Bad and Ugly
Pretty much all the stuff on the field not being done directly by the Dukes. No need to belittle the opponent, but JMU made a very good team SHSU look not very good.
That’s about it. Again, there’s just not much we can say about this to make it any better. JMU stepped up and showed everyone that this 2016 team is the real deal. And now the Dukes have a dream date with an FCS dynasty Friday night.