|September 09, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|JMU||TD||12:24||Ishmael Hyman 17 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)|
|JMU||TD||09:02||Cardon Johnson 5 Yd Run (Tyler Gray kick)|
|JMU||TD||05:14||Ishmael Hyman 6 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)|
|JMU||TD||06:06||Riley Stapleton 3 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)|
|ETSU||TD||01:11||D. Williams (JJ Jerman kick)|
|JMU||TD||13:18||John Miller (Tyler Gray kick)|
|JMU||TD||06:12||Riley Stapleton 4 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)|
|ETSU||FG||03:36||JJ Jerman 23 Yd|
|JMU||FG||00:20||Tyler Gray 32 Yd|
|JMU||TD||06:05||David Eldridge 10 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||JMU|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||10-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||118 (12-27)||304 (25-33)|
|Rushing (Att)||57 (32)||122 (39)|
HARRISONBURG, Va. (Sept. 8, 2017) – For just the fifth time in program history and first since 2001, the ETSU football team is set to take on the top-ranked team in the country as the Buccaneers face No. 1 and reigning FCS champion James Madison on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU VS. NO. 1 RANKED TEAMS
Saturday marks the first time ETSU is taking on a No. 1 ranked team since Oct. 27, 2001 when the Bucs defeated top-ranked Georgia Southern, 19-16 … That win marked the first-ever victory over a No. 1 ranked team for the Blue and Gold as Matt Wilhjelm connected on a pair of touchdown passes to Cecil Moore … After trailing 9-0 at halftime, the Bucs scored 19 straight points in the third quarter to ignite the comeback ... Overall, the Bucs were outgained 316-182, but the Buccaneer defense forced four turnovers (three fumbles and one interception) and turned two of the miscues into touchdowns ... Gerald Sensabaugh sealed the game with an interception on Georgia Southern’s final drive, which allowed Corey Carter to run three straight times en route to picking up a first down and allowing the Bucs to get into the victory formation ... Prior to that win, ETSU was 0-3 all-time against No. 1 ranked foes – losing to Marshall 34-10 on Nov. 9, 1996, and to Georgia Southern on Oct. 31, 1998 and on Oct. 28, 2000.
BUCS LOOK TO OPEN 2-0 FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
The ETSU football team is looking to open 2-0 for the second straight year … Last season, the Bucs won at Kennesaw State (20-17 in 2 OT) and versus Western Carolina (34-31) at Bristol Motor Speedway … A win at James Madison would mark the first time since 1993-94 when the Bucs opened 2-0 in consecutive seasons.
Redshirt junior running back Jajuan Stinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) has carried the ball 265 times in his career en route to totaling 1,267 rushing yards (4.8 yards per carry) … Linebacker Dylan Weigel has totaled 241 career tackles in 23 games played … Weigel is 62 tackles shy of entering the top 10 all-time ETSU leaders ... Kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) is 44-for-45 in PATs for his career … Jerman’s 44 PATs rank eighth all-time in ETSU history and he’s three away of passing Ron Harrold (1968-70) for sixth … Jerman also ranks fifth all-time with 21 field goals and needs four more to pass Bobby Neff (1974-77) for fourth.
MORE ON THE CAREER NUMBERS
Several Bucs are among the FCS career active leaders list … Dylan Weigel leads all FCS players in total tackles per game (10.48), while ranking third in solo tackles per game (5.65) and 14th in total tackles (241) … JJ Jerman ranks 11th among FCS active kickers in field goal percentage (.700) and 14th in field goals made (21) … Austin Herink ranks 16th among FCS active quarterbacks in total offense plays per game (29.22), 23rd in completions per game (12.74), 24th in total plays (3,469) and 35th in passing efficiency (122.03) … Jajuan Stinson ranks 25th among FCS running backs in rushes per game (12.05) and 32nd in all-purpose plays per game (12.82) … Domenique Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) ranks second among FCS returners in kickoff returns per game (3.1), fifth in kickoff return yards per game (63.0) and 13th in kickoff return yards.
TO 30 AND BEYOND…
ETSU put up 31 points in last Saturday’s win over Limestone, marking just the fifth time in 23 games the Blue and Gold reached the 30-point mark … When the Bucs reach that number, ETSU is 5-0 in those contests since restarting the program in 2015 … Furthermore, ETSU has won its last 14 games when scoring at least 30 points with the last setback coming on Nov. 4, 2000 when Wofford defeated the Bucs, 35-31.
BUCS PICK UP VOTES IN STATS FCS TOP 25 POLL
ETSU has received votes in the first two STATS FCS Top 25 Polls ... The Buccaneers, who finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 5-6 in their second season as a program, received three votes in the preseason poll, while picking up three votes in the most-recent poll, which came out on Monday.
RED ZONE SUCCESS
ETSU has enjoyed a lot success in the red zone since the start of the 2016 season ... Since 2016, ETSU is 29-of-32 (91%) in red zone scoring ... The Bucs have scored 158 points during these 32 trips (18 TDs/11 FGs) ... Of the 18 TDs, 11 have been rushing and seven passing.
SOCON PLAYING THE BEST IN 2017
The SoCon is the only conference in college football that will take on both the reigning FCS and FBS national champions this season. In addition to ETSU squaring off against JMU this weekend, The Citadel will face Clemson on Nov. 18.
ABOUT JAMES MADISON
Tonight marks the 10th all-time meeting between ETSU and James Madison … The Dukes have won six of the nine meetings in the series, including four straight … The Bucs are searching for their first win over James Madison since defeating the Dukes, 9-6, back on Oct. 27, 1984 in Harrisonburg … The Blue and Gold won the first two meetings in the series by a combined score of 59-23 following back-to-back wins in 1979 (Sept. 8) and 1980 (Nov. 8) … George Cimadevilla made the longest field goal in program history against James Madison as he connected on a 52-yarder in the 34-3 setback in 1986.
The game has been picked up on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, which was announced on Wednesday.
The broadcast will air on CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus across the country via DirecTV and DISH Network (only for customers who have purchased the sports package with one of those two providers).
Below are the channel listings for CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus in Johnson City:
DirecTV – 642 (SD) and 642-1 (HD)
DISH - 412-33
Please consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability for your current viewing area.
Fans, who live outside the CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus viewing area, can still watch Saturday’s game online via MadiZONE HD SportsNet, which is presented free to fans via a partnership with the JMU Alumni Association. Streaming host, Stretch Internet, has upgraded its flash-based player to HTML5 video for the 2017 season for a better viewing experience while also adding new OTT platforms to offer all JMU streams on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.
The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the radio. Games air live on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.
The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long ETSU Football Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show Powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopaedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.
The broadcast team of Robert Harper and former ETSU quarterback Matt Wilhjelm will provide the coverage from Harrisonburg on Saturday night, and studio hosts Don Helman, Mike Gallagher and Andy Jackson will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
In addition to following the Bucs on live audio and video, fans can get up to the minute stats Saturday via StatBroadcast. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets by visiting BucsStats.com or by clicking the link above.
ETSU ALUMNI TAILGATE INFO
Bring your tailgate meal and join the ETSU Alumni at James Madison
• September 9, 2017
• Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va.
• Kickoff at 6 p.m.
• Gathering at 3:30 p.m. in Convo C look for the Blue and Gold Alumni tent.
• Click here to purchase football tickets.
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