The James Madison football team held off a late rally from Georgia State to win 28-21 Saturday on homecoming at Bridgeforth Stadium.
Former R.E. Lee star Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
The junior running back also had a touchdown receiving.
Scott said, "I still don't feel like I've played my best game yet. That was a good win for us but I still don't think it was my best game."
True freshman quarterback Michael Birdsong completed 11-of-23 passes for 119 yards in his first collegiate start, with one touchdown and one interception.
Birdsong also carried the ball six times for 43 yards.
Head coach Mickey Matthews said, "The thing that really hurt us tonight that gets lost in the shuffle is how bad we were on first down. Without looking at our third down conversions, I know they were not very good at half, but they were all third and a bunch. Obviously we aren't doing very good on first downs but we gotta have some more third down conversions."
JMU scored one touchdown in every quarter, and led 28-7 in the 4th after sophomore Brandon Lee blocked a punt and recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown.
The Panthers had the ball at midfield with a chance to tie, but Sage Harold would sack Ben McLane on the games final play.
James Madison (6-2, 4-1 CAA) returns to action Saturday at 3:30 pm at Maine.