(STATS) - Colorful analyst Lee Corso dressed up as James Madison to make the Dukes his prediction against Richmond at the end of ESPN's "College GameDay" visit to the CAA Football university Saturday.
The 11-ranked Spiders were unfazed, instead wearing their best game faces to spoil fourth-ranked James Madison's Homecoming Day with a 59-49 CAA victory before a Bridgeforth Stadium-record crowd of 26,069 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
On a glorious day for JMU, Richmond (6-1, 4-0) wound up having the most fun, sneaking out of town in first place after handing the Dukes (7-1, 4-1) their first loss.
The two rivals combined for 1,305 yards. Richmond had 720 of them as senior running back Jacobi Green rushed for career highs with 236 yards and five touchdowns, quarterback Kyle Lauletta passed for a career-high 415 yards and two touchdowns, and Brian Brown caught seven passes for 204 yards and a touchdown.
"That is a very talented football team and they just beat us on the line of scrimmage tonight," JMU coach Everett Withers said. "We've always been able to come back at halftime and kind of adjust and play well; we just didn't do that tonight."
The Spiders overcame the continued excellence of JMU quarterback Vad Lee, who passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns. However, he departed the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
JMU took a 35-28 lead on Lee's 4-yard touchdown run with 11:58 remaining in the third quarter, but Richmond tied the game on Green's 40-yard run and went ahead on his 1-yard TD run. Lauletta's 3-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Hudson just 28 seconds into the fourth quarter extended the Spiders lead to 49-35.
Corso's fellow ESPN analyst Desmond Howard saluted the JMU crowd as the best ever in a tweet. The Dukes fans got everything they wanted out of the day - except for the big win that went to Richmond.
STATS FCS TOP 25=
SATURDAY, OCT. 24 (All Times ET)
No. 1 Jacksonville State (6-1, 4-0 OVC) 27, Austin Peay (0-8, 0-5) 7
Top-ranked Jacksonville State built 27-0 halftime lead and limited Austin Peay to 82 yards. Miles Jones, Troymaine Pope and Eli Jenkins all rushed for touchdowns.
The Gamecocks will host Eastern Kentucky next Saturday. Those two teams are part of a three-way tie for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with Eastern Illinois.
No. 2 Coastal Carolina (7-0, 2-0 Big South) 23, Monmouth (3-5, 1-2) 20.
Ryan Granger kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift Coastal Carolina and set up a battle for first place in the Big South at Charleston Southern (6-1, 3-0) next Saturday.
Junior running back De'Angelo Henderson scored on a 2-yard run with 7:14 left in the second quarter to set the FCS record with a TD in his 21st straight game. He finished with 91 yards on 25 carries.
Granger kicked three field goals, his last capping Coastal's 12-play winning drive over the final 3:02 after Monmouth's Lavon Chaney tied the game at 20 with a 21-yard touchdown run. Chaney rushed for 196 yards and scored three touchdowns.
No. 3 Illinois State (6-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) 48, No. 20 Western Illinois (4-3, 3-1) 28
Illinois State gained sole possession of first place behind its big three offensive trio of quarterback Tre Roberson (300 total yards, four total touchdowns), running back Marshaun Coprich (206 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and wide receiver Anthony Warrum (four receptions, 170 yards, two touchdowns). Warrum also fell on a fumble in the WIU end zone for a third touchdown.
Four Redbirds finished with at least 10 tackles - Alex Donnelly (14), Pat Meehan (13), Alejandro Rivera (11) and Drashane Glass (10) - as their team posted its 16th straight home win.
WIU was playing with its first national ranking since 2010. Wide receiver Lance Lenoir caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
No. 5 Chattanooga (6-1, 4-0 Southern) 20, Wofford (3-5, 1-3) 17
Junior Henrique Ribeiro kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Chattanooga its 11th straight Southern Conference win.
Mocs running back Derrick Craine (90 yards) and quarterback Jacob Huesman both rushed for touchdowns.
No. 22 Northern Iowa (3-4, 1-3 Missouri Valley) 10, No. 6 South Dakota State (5-2, 2-2) 7
Northern Iowa ended a three-game losing streak by limiting South Dakota State to 259 yards.
Quarterback Aaron Bailey scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter and finished with 169 yards on 23 carries. He also passed for 113 yards.
SDSU wide receiver Jake Wieneke caught four passes for 85 yards.
No. 7 Eastern Washington (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky) 43, Northern Colorado (4-3, 2-3) 41
Jordan Dascalo's 44-yard field goal as time expired allowed Eastern Washington to avoid a huge upset.
Eagles wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught 20 passes for 275 yards - both school records - as well as three touchdowns, moving into a tie for second place in FCS history with 52 career TD receptions. Quarterback Jordan West was 38 of 59 for 428 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
No. 8 North Dakota State (5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) 28, No. 18 Indiana State (4-3, 2-2) 14
North Dakota State rebounded from its first Missouri Valley Conference loss as quarterback Easton Stick accounted for 250 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in his first career start. The redshirt freshman rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 126 yards and a score with one interception.
The Bison, the FCS leaders in time of possession, held the ball for 39 minutes, 31 seconds. The four-time defending FCS champions have not lost two straight games since the 2009 season.
No. 9 Sam Houston State (5-2, 5-1 Southland) 37, Nicholls (1-6, 1-4) 7
In a torrential downpour, Sam Houston State rolled to its fifth straight win behind running back Jalen Overstreet's 200 rushing yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.
The Bearkats' defense forced three turnovers.
No. 10 Fordham (7-1, 3-0 Patriot) 59, Lehigh (3-4, 1-1) 42
Fordham sophomore Chase Edmonds scored four touchdowns and set Patriot League records with 347 rushing yards and 402 all-purpose yards.
Edmonds rushed for three touchdowns and scored on one of his two receptions, which went for 55 yards.
Fordham forced five turnovers, including Caleb Ham with two interceptions.
No. 12 McNeese State (7-0, 6-0 Southland) 47, Northwestern State (1-6, 1-4) 27
McNeese State quarterback Daniel Sams broke a 27-27 tie with a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, sparking a 21-0 game-ending run by the Cowboys.
Sams passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 13 Eastern Kentucky (5-2, 4-0 OVC) 45, Tennessee State (3-4, 0-4) 21
EWU quarterback Bennie Coney was 27 of 41 for 292 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for a score.
Running back Ethan Thomas rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Bryan Green had nine receptions for 122 yards and two TDs, as the Colonels totaled 549 yards
No. 14 Portland State (6-1, 3-1 Big Sky) 38, Cal Poly (2-5, 1-3) 35
Portland State's Jonathan Gonzales kicked a 27-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining to snap a 35-35 tie.
Junior quarterback Alex Kuresa had one of his bigger games, passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 15 Harvard (6-0, 3-0) 42, Princeton (4-2, 1-2 Ivy) 7
Senior quarterback Scott Hosch passed for 437 yards, just 11 shy of the Harvard record, to help the Crimson captured their 20th straight win. He was 29 of 40 with two touchdown passes.
The Crimson had two 100-yard receivers with Andrew Fischer (10 receptions, 190 yards, one TD) and Ben Braunecker (seven receptions, 133 yards, one TD), and one 100-yard rusher in Paul Stanton Jr. (18 carries, 119 yards, two TDs).
Southern Illinois (3-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley) 38, No. 16 Youngstown State (3-4, 1-3) 31, OT
SIU's Austin Johnson kicked an 18-yard field goal with six seconds left to force overtime and the Salukis won it there on Mark Iannotti's 24-yard touchdown pass to Israel Lamprakes.
Andrew Williams had six receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Youngstown State's third straight loss.
No. 17 William & Mary (5-2) 40, Hampton (4-4) 7
William & Mary's Nick Dorka kicked four field goals and Kendell Anderson had 191 yards and a touchdown on the ground for his fifth straight 100-yard game.
No. 19 Montana (4-3, 3-1 Big Sky) 42, North Dakota (4-4, 2-3) 16
Montana sophomore quarterback Makena Simis was 15 of 22 for 321 yards and six touchdowns in his first career start. Wide receivers Jamaal Jones and Ellis Henderson had 139 and 114 receiving yards, respectively, with two touchdowns each.
Defensive end Tyrone Holmes finished with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.
No. 21 Montana State (4-3) 63, East Tennessee State (0-7) 7
Montana State moved back above .500 as quarterback Dakota Prukop threw for 226 yards and three first-half touchdowns.
Towson (4-3, 2-2 CAA) 28, No. 23 Villanova (3-4, 2-2) 21
Chris Tedder and Romell Haley had 34- and 86-yard interception returns for touchdown to help Towson knock off Villanova.
No. 24 North Carolina A&T (6-1, 4-0 MEAC) 65, Howard (0-7, 0-5) 14
Tarik Cohen carried the ball 17 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns, sparking MEAC-leading North Carolina A&T.
No. 25 Dartmouth (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) 13, Columbia (1-5, 0-3) 9
Ivy League co-leader Dartmouth avoided an upset by holding Columbia to 10 first downs and 167 yards. The Big Green overcame 17 penalties for 161 yards - both program-worst marks.
Quarterback Dalyn Williams threw for 235 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to wide receiver Victor Williams.