|James Madison Dukes football|
|Head coach||Mickey Matthews|
|Home stadium||Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field|
|League||NCAA Division I FCS|
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Postseason bowl record||–|
|Claimed national titles||1 (2004)|
|Conference titles||4 (1975, 1999, 2004, 2008)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Fight song||JMU Fight Song|
|Marching band||Marching Royal Dukes|
|Rivals|| Richmond Spiders|
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The James Madison Dukes football team, founded in 1972, plays at Bridgeforth Stadium. Originally called JMU Stadium, it was renamed for William E. Bridgeforth in 1990. The JMU football team was rarely the centerpiece of JMU sports until the hiring of Mickey Matthews in 1999. Since then, JMU has gained recognition as one of the top programs in NCAA Division I FCS football.
Notable Dukes include Charles Haley, the only player to win five Super Bowl rings and inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame; Scott Norwood, the Buffalo Bills' all-time leading scorer; and Gary Clark, a pro bowl wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.
Just five years after (then) Madison College had become a coeducational institution, the Dukes fielded their first football team. Football was the brainchild of Dr. Ronald Carrier, Madison's president at the time, who was attempting to change the psychology of the campus away from an all-women's teachers colleges. The first game took place on October 7, 1972 against Shepherd College's junior varsity team at Harrisonburg High School. The team consisted of a few dozen walk-ons and was coached by 30 year-old Challace McMillin.
In 1975, the Dukes had their first – and, to date, only – undefeated season and won the Virginia College Athletic Association title. Two players, Madison Hall of Fame quarterback Les Branich and offensive guard Jeff Adams, played on both the Dukes' only winless season in 1972 and its only undefeated season in 1975.
For the 1980 season, Madison made the jump from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division I-AA where they played as an Independent through 1992. After twelve seasons the Dukes would join the Yankee Conference, which would become the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997, then finally the Colonial Athletic Association in 2007.
Under Mickey MatthewsEdit
The Dukes made the NCAA playoffs in current head coach Mickey Matthews' first year with the team and in 2004, the Dukes won the Division I-AA (now FCS) National Championship behind quarterback Justin Rascati and running back Raymond Hines. They were the first and only team to win three games on the road to advance to the National Championship Game. They returned to the playoffs in 2006 but suffered an early exit to the hands of Youngstown State University. The Dukes went to the playoffs again in 2007, traveling to Appalachian State in the first round. While down 27-28, JMU lost the game with a fumble on the ASU 8-yard line in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. In 2008, they posted a 10-1 season record (the lone loss coming in the season opener to FBS team Duke) and received the top seed in the playoffs behind sensational quarterback Rodney Landers. After defeating Wofford and Villanova (for the second time that season), they were defeated by the Montana Grizzlies in the semi-final round after Landers went down with an ankle injury.
A $62 million dollar stadium expansion to Bridgeforth was completed in 2011, adding an upper deck, club seating and 17 private suites. Bridgeforth's official seating capacity is approximately 25,000, and is designed so it may be expanded to seat over 40,000.
On September 11, 2010, JMU defeated the FBS #13 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies 21-16 at Lane Stadium in front of over 66,000 fans. James Madison was only the second FCS team to beat a nationally ranked team. Appalachian State defeated #5 ranked Michigan in 2007.
Seasons under Mickey MatthewsEdit
|James Madison Dukes (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999–2006)|
|1999||James Madison||8–4||7–1||1st||FCS First Round||12/13|
|2004||James Madison||13–2||7–1||T-1st||W FCS Championship||1|
|2005||James Madison||7–4||5–3||2nd (South)||25|
|2006||James Madison||9–3||7–1||1st (South)||FCS First Round||9|
|James Madison Dukes (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007–present)|
|2007||James Madison||8–4||6–2||2nd (South)||FCS First Round||12|
|2008||James Madison||12–2||8–0||1st (South)||FCS Semi-finals||3|
|2009||James Madison||6–5||4–4||T-5th (South)|
|2011||James Madison||8-5||5–3||T-5th||FCS Second Round||14|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.|
- 1972-1973: Independent
- 1974-1975: Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association (VCAA)
- 1976: NCAA Division II Independent
- 1977-1979: NCAA Division III Independent
- 1980-1992: NCAA Division I-AA Independent
- 1993-1996: Yankee Conference
- 1997-2006: Atlantic 10 Conference
- 2007–present: Colonial Athletic Association
- Challace McMillin (1972–1984)
- Joe Purzycki (1985–1991)
- Rip Scherer (1992–1994)
- Alex Wood (1995–1998)
- Mickey Matthews (1999–present)
James Madison's all time record stands at 256 wins, 194 losses, and 4 ties in 41 seasons (as of October 29, 2012).
All-time coaching recordsEdit
- ↑ . http://collegefootball.org/enshrinement/enshrinees.php 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees.
- ↑ "JMU - First Football Game". James Madison University. http://www.jmu.edu/centennialcelebration/first_football.shtml. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
- ↑ "JMU - Undefeated Season". James Madison University. http://www.jmu.edu/centennialcelebration/undefeated.shtml. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- ↑ "College Football Data Warehouse". http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_iaa/atlantic10/james_madison/index.php. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- ↑ Giannotto, Mark (September 12, 2010). "James Madison football stuns Virginia Tech, 21-16". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/11/AR2010091103334.html.
- ↑ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=302540259
- ↑ Thorpe's Game-Winning Drive Lifts #5 Football Over #12 Towson, 13-10
- ↑ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_iaa/atlantic10/james_madison/coaching_records.php