September 09, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
James Madison21717752
1st Quarter
JMUTD12:24Ishmael Hyman 17 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)
JMUTD09:02Cardon Johnson 5 Yd Run (Tyler Gray kick)
JMUTD05:14Ishmael Hyman 6 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)
2nd Quarter
JMUTD06:06Riley Stapleton 3 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)
ETSUTD01:11D. Williams (JJ Jerman kick)
3rd Quarter
JMUTD13:18John Miller (Tyler Gray kick)
JMUTD06:12Riley Stapleton 4 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)
ETSUFG03:36JJ Jerman 23 Yd
JMUFG00:20Tyler Gray 32 Yd
4th Quarter
JMUTD06:05David Eldridge 10 Yd Pass From Bryan Schor (Tyler Gray kick)
Stats at a GlanceETSUJMU
1st Downs1424
3rd Down Conversions5-1510-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Passing (Comp-Att)118 (12-27) 304 (25-33)
Rushing (Att)57 (32) 122 (39)
Total Yards175426
Fumbles Lost00
Bucs set to take on No. 1 James Madison Saturday night in Harrisonburg
Bucs set to take on No. 1 James Madison Saturday night in Harrisonburg
Friday, September 8, 2017

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.


  • ETSU (1-0) is coming off a 31-10 victory over Limestone last Saturday night inside its inaugural game at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium … Last Saturday marked ETSU’s first game on campus since Nov. 22, 2003 and its first game outdoors on campus since Nov. 25, 1972.
  • The Bucs outgained the Saints 379 to 222 and posted 20 first downs compared to just 13 for Limestone … ETSU totaled 239 yards passing and 140 yards rushing, while Limestone finished with 193 rushing yards and 29 passing yards.
  • ETSU dominated the first half – outgaining the Saints 264 to 65 – en route to taking a 21-3 lead into halftime …. Of ETSU’s 264 yards of total offense in the first half, 180 came via the pass and 84 came on the ground … Limestone was held to 49 rushing yards and 16 passing yards in the opening 30 minutes.
  • The Buccaneer defense held Limestone to 2-of-15 on third down chances, while holding them to 0-of-5 in the first half … ETSU was 4-of-9 on third down for the contest, along with going 4-of-6 in the first half … The Bucs were a perfect 3-of-3 on third down conversions in the second quarter – where ETSU outscored the Saints, 14-3.
  • Fifteen of the Bucs’ 20 first downs came in the first half … Limestone was held to three first downs in the first half, while totaling eight in the second half.
  • Redshirt junior quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) completed 16 of his 20 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns … Herink – who broke the single-game program recorded by completing his first 15 passes to start the game – tied a career high for touchdown passes thrown in a game.
  • The Blue and Gold had five plays go for over 20 yards (four offense/one kickoff return) … Two of the plays went for touchdowns – 43-yard reception by Andrew Heyward (Powder Springs, Ga.) and 45-yard reception by Anthony Spagnoletti (Bealeton, Va.) … Heyward’s 43-yard touchdown marked his first collegiate reception and the first ever score inside Greene Stadium.
  • Herink completed passes to eight different wide receivers … Senior Vincent Lowe (Chesapeake, Va.) led the group as he tied a career high with five receptions … Redshirt junior Drake Powell (Clinton, Tenn.) finished with three receptions, while Quan Harrison (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Braxton Richburg (Hoschton, Ga.) both hauled in two catches in their first ever collegiate games.
  • Sophomore defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.) had a team and career high 10 tackles, while junior linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) had eight stops. Senior defensive back Paul Hunter (Denton, Texas) also had a strong game with six tackles and an interception.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


  • James Madison is coming off a 34-14 win over East Carolina last Saturday night in Greenville, N.C. … The Dukes shutout the Pirates in the first half and outgained ECU, 614 to 362 … Of the 614 total yards on offense, 422 came on the ground (9.6 yards per carry), marking the second most rushing yards in a road game for the Dukes in program history.
  • Redshirt senior running back Cardon Johnson rushed for a career-high 265 yards and two touchdowns en route to averaging 15.6 yards per carry … Johnson scored on an 85-yard run and an 80-yard carry in the second half … Johnson's 85-yard burst was the fourth-longest run in JMU history … Johnson also had two catches for 12 yards to finish with 277 all-purpose yards, while his 265 rushing yards were second-most in program history … Johnson became the first opposing running back to eclipse 200 yards against ECU in 76 games.
  • Junior running back Marcus Marshall also scored on a 70-yard run en route to totaling 88 yards on 10 carries.
  • Senior quarterback and reigning CAA Player of the Year Bryan Schor was 15-of-22 with 192 yards passing and one touchdown and one interception … Schor also had 10 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown.
  • JMU’s defense limited ECU to 372 total yards and 14 points … The 20-point margin of victory was JMU's largest ever against an FBS opponent.
  • In JMU's last five games (four ranked foes in FCS playoffs and FBS ECU), the Dukes have allowed 74 total points (14.8/game).
  • Following the win at ECU, JMU has now won 13 straight games, marking the longest win streak in FBS and FCS.
  • JMU entered the season ranked No. 1 in the FCS … It is the second time in program history the Dukes start a year ranked first, joining the 2005 season, which was also the year following JMU’s first title.
  • Four JMU players were named Preseason All-Americans ahead of the 2017 season… They were Aaron Stinnie, Raven Greene, Andrew Ankrah and Jonathan Kloosterman.
  • Bryan Schor was named to the STATS Walter Payton Award Watch List, honoring the top offensive player in the FCS … On the flip side, Andrew Ankrah was selected to the STATS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation’s best defensive player.
  • Two Dukes were once again selected to the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Watch … List in 2017 … The repeat honorees are Bryan Schor and Cardon Johnson.
  • Last season, The Dukes capped off a 14-1 season by winning their final 12 games to capture their second title in program history ... JMU’s lone setback on the season came to North Carolina. 


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.  

Click here to access the online video stream. 

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.    

Click here to access the live audio stream 

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 or by clicking the link above. 

Click here to access live stats 


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.

Click here for more info on the ETSU Alumni Tailgate at JMU.  


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