Jan 7 / Rob

Gameday Open Thread: JMU vs. Youngstown State

This is it. We’ve been waiting for JMU to play for another National Championship since 2004 and today is the day. Your JMU Dukes vs. the Youngstown State Penguins in Frisco, TX for the title. There’s nothing we can say that hasn’t been said already. We’re not one to question anyone’s fandom, but if you’re not pumped up for this one, we just don’t know. The two of us are fortunate enough to be at the game. All Dukes fans are welcome to our tailgate. We will post our final location to @JMUsportsblog on Twitter and our the JMU Sports Blog Facebook page. If you’re in Texas, we hope you swing by to say hello. For everyone else. We hope you’re all settled in and ready to root wherever you are. Whether you’re by yourself on the couch, with friends at a watch party, or in Frisco, this is a wonderful day to be a Dukes fan. Consider this your official open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game chatter. It’s time to Lock the Damn Gates!

Go Dukes!

Beat YSU!

Keep Rootin!


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  1. OBXDuke1983 / Jan 7 2017

    I can’t wait. Wish I was there.
    Go Dukes!

  2. JMU2K1 / Jan 7 2017

    Proud Duke checking in from Amman, Jordan.


  3. 2004 Duke / Jan 7 2017

    Halftime adjustment:

    Right now the playcalling is about 2/3 run. We have got to make that 50/50 or even more Pass to open up the box so The Butcher can get rolling. Schor can make it rain, so put the ball in his hands more.

  4. Drake / Jan 7 2017

    Good game so far. The field is obviously a factor on both sides. Other than Abdullah, no one can plant. Other than the 2 down the field completions, a pretty conservative approach so far, but it’s done the job. Love the crowd shots!

  5. OBXDuke1983 / Jan 7 2017


  6. Drake / Jan 7 2017

    Before shit gets crazy, 2 points. 1. JMU has 2 flags on them so far. 2. They’ve played safe and it paid off.

  7. 2004 Duke / Jan 7 2017

    2nd half playcalling has been awful. Glad YSU is so overmatched it doesn’t matter.

  8. OBXDuke1983 / Jan 7 2017

    I finally feel safe to say, I have been watching JMU football since 1979, and this is definitely the best, most talented JMU team.
    National Champions!
    Go Dukes!!!

  9. 2004 Duke / Jan 7 2017

    Congratulation to the 2016 Dukes!

    Agree with @OBXDuke1983- Definitely the best JMU team of all time. Probably should have won this game about 42-7.

    Let’s hope this is the start of a dynasty.

  10. T2008 / Jan 7 2017

    Yea the second half was clearly meant to play it safe. We were clearly the better team and could have won by more, but didn’t need to. Great game, great season JMU! 2016 National Champs! And well deserved!

  11. jmuparent / Jan 7 2017

    OMG! National Champions in Coach Houston’s first year …

    … and my Daughter’s last year. It doesn’t get any better than this!

    Congrats to all the players & coaches … 🙂

  12. Drake / Jan 7 2017

    A lack a comments on this glorious day leads me to believe everyone is wasted.

  13. JMU2003DUKE / Jan 7 2017

    What a season! Congrats to the Dukes. Take 1… maybe 2 days to rest up and celebrate, then back to work. January 2018: Repeat.

  14. 76 / Jan 7 2017

    Shout out to the defense. Their improvement ,along
    with the special teams play , made this glorious day
    On a separate note, I am curious how populated
    other watch parties were. With 7″ of snow I am happy
    to report that Gus’ in RVA was still packed with fine young
    JMU supporters. There was one lone YSU guy sitting at
    the bar , forlorn.

  15. Shadow / Jan 7 2017

    Before our guys headed home , I wish they would’ve swung by San Marcos, TX and shown Coach Dithers what a coach can win when they build a REAL team and not just a resume. #PartyInTheEndZoneForREAL

  16. Chris / Jan 9 2017


  17. Deacon Danny / Jan 10 2017

    What an AWESOME experience and great game Dukes! So proud of the entire team!

    I am a little sad now because it is 8 months until the start of next season.

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