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Scott Leads JMU to Victory Against St. Francis

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Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns

Former R.E. Lee star Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns, as James Madison came from behind to beat St. Francis 24-20 Saturday in Harrisonburg.

The senior running back Scott carried the ball 32 times for the Dukes on a day when the passing attack struggled.

Scott says, "If the offense isn't clicking on all cylinders, and the passing game wasn't tonight, I just felt like I needed to put the team on my back, and lead us to victory."

Quarterback Michael Birdsong completed just 10-of-23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

The sophomore was also intercepted three times.

Head coach Mickey Matthews says, "We couldn't throw it, we couldn't catch it, we couldn't protect.  But other than that, our pass offense was great.  I said, 'Michael, don't throw another pass the rest of the game and we'll win.'  Cause we couldn't do it.  We would have won by a big score.  If we had not attempted one pass, we would have won by a big score."

Birdsong adds, "They stepped up offensively.  We did what coach said not to do, which was treat these guys lightly.  They punched us in the mouth as soon as we got out there.  They're a good football team.  They did it right, they studied us up, and they got us."

The Red Flash scored on a 75 yard pass on the first play of the game, and led 14-3 in the 3rd quarter.

A Birdsong TD pass to Marquis Woodyard followed by a Scott touchdown run gave the Dukes their first lead.

After St. Francis kicked a field go to tie it at 17-17 in the 4th, Scott scored on a 22-yard run to put JMU ahead to stay.

Scott has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the Dukes first three games.

James Madison (2-1) will be back at home next week, as they host Charlotte at 6 PM.

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