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COLLEGE FOOTBALL AREA ROUNDUP: James Madison survives St. Francis

by The Associated Press on September 15, 2013 1:50 AM

Dae’Quan Scott ran for 190 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown, his second of the night, as James Madison escaped with a 24-20 victory over St. Francis on Saturday night.

James Madison (2-1) turned almost exclusively to its ground attack after two costly first-half interceptions by Michael Birdsong. As Birdsong looked to run more, the offensive line wore down the Red Flash defense to create bigger gains late.

The closely contested game was an uncomfortable scenario for the Dukes after last year’s 55-7 blowout over the Red Flash.

St. Francis (0-2) jumped ahead 14-3 in the first half and tied the game at 17 in the fourth quarter. Even after James Madison took the lead, the Red Flash had the ball on the James Madison 36-yard line with 1:04 to go in the game. Ultimately, Capri Thompson failed on four consecutive plays to throw the go-ahead touchdown.

DAYTON 21, ROBERT MORRIS 14: Branden Johnson caught two touchdowns and logged 133 yards receiving as Dayton held off Robert Morris for a 21-14 win on Saturday.

Johnson caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Will Bardo early in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie before a rushing touchdown from Connor Kacsor helped Dayton build a two-score lead.

Duane Mitchell caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Paul Jones with less than two minutes remaining to cut the Robert Morris deficit in half, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Dayton.

Dayton’s defense held Robert Morris in check, limiting the Colonials to 187 total yards. Robert Morris was 3-for-12 on third-down conversions.

The Flyers (2-1) defeated the Colonials (1-2) for the 11th consecutive time. It was the 200th game in Robert Morris program history.

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