JMU eliminates UNH in FCS playoffs

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Uni­versity of New Hampshire soph­omore Trevor Knight returned from injury to start at quarter­back for the Wildcats on Satur­day, but the James Madison Univ­eristy defense made sure it wasn’t a pleasant experience for the Nashua South graduate and Am­herst native.

Bryan Schor threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns and fourth-seeded James Madison rolled into the FCS quarterfinals with a 55-22 win over New Hampshire.

Schor completed 30 of 37 passes for a career-high 371 yards, fourth best in school history, and tied the school mark for touchdown passes for the second time.

The Dukes (11-1), who beat the Colonial Athletic Association ri­val Wildcats 42-39 in the regular season, host fifth-seeded Sam Houston State – a 41-36 winner over Chattanooga – Friday.

Schor, the CAA Player of the Year, threw three touchdowns and receiver Rashard Davis a TD on a trick play in a 28-point sec­ond quarter as the Dukes scored 31 straight points to lead 31-7 at the half.

After Dalton Crossan had his second touchdown run for the Wildcats (8-5) opening the fourth quarter, Brandon Ravenel re­turned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Then Schor threw two more TDs and it was 52-15 entering the fourth quarter, a JMU record for playoff points.

Ravenel had eight catches for 155 yards and Terrence Alls had seven for 126, and both scored twice.

Knight finished 8 of 21 passing for 69 yards and was eventually relieved for senior Adam Riese, who didn’t fare much better at 8 of 14 for 74 yards with an inter­ception.

Neil O’Connor was the Wildcats’ top receiver with six catches for 67 yards,while Malik Love hauled in three passes for 44 yards.

Amherst native Drew Sanborn had three punts for 114 yards – a 38-yard average and long of 42.

The Wildcats were competing in the FCS playoffs for a nation-best 13th straight season. They won their first-round game against Lehigh, 64-21, last Saturday in Wildcat Stadium to earn the shot against JMU in the second round.