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  11/23/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  2021 CAA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Cole Johnson, James Madison,...Johnson completed 233-of-342 passes for 2,953 yards and a school-record 32 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He also added 184 yards and 5 TD's on the ground. Johnson ranks third in the FCS in pass efficiency, fourth in completion percentage, sixth in passing touchdowns and 15th in both passing offense and total offense. A finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top offensive player, Johnson is the fourth JMU quarterback since 2015 to be chosen as the CAA Offensive Player of the Year. - CAA Football

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  11/23/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  2021 CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ethan Ratke, James Madison,...Ratke becomes just the second player to receive the Special Teams Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons. He was 28-of-31 on field goals, breaking his own CAA single-season record and leading the nation in field goals. The senior set a new CAA single-game mark by making six field goals against William & Mary on November 13. Ratke became the NCAA's all-time leader in career field goals (100) and points by a kicker (525), and he ranks second in career points by any player in CAA history. - CAA Football

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  11/20/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Cole Johnson matched his school-record of six touchdown passes and James Madison beat Towson 56-10 on Saturday as the Dukes finished in a tie for the Colonial Athletic Association title. The Dukes (10-1, 7-1), ranked No. 2 in the FCS, share the league title with Villanova, which handed the Dukes their only loss, 28-27, this season. It's the sixth conference title in seven years for JMU. Johnson's six touchdowns gave him a school single-season record of 32. Three of them went to Antwane Wells Jr., a career-best for Wells - who had nine catches for 107 yards. Kris Thornton had 116 yards on five catches, including an 83-yard score - a career-long connection for both Thornton and Johnson. Johnson finished 21 of 25 for 363 yards. Solomon Vanhorse ran back the opening kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown. Jerry Howard Jr. had 30 carries for 162 yards rushing for Towson (4-8, 3-6). - AP College Football

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  11/13/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  Ethan Ratke kicked a school-record six field goals and set two NCAA records in James Madison's 32-22 victory over William & Mary on Saturday. Ratke reached 100 career field goals, extending his own FCS record and breaking the NCAA record of 96 held by Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez (2013-16). With the six field goals and two PATs Saturday he has 517 points, passing Oklahoma's Austin Seibert (499 points, 2015-18) on the all-time scoring list for a kicker. The Dukes built a 23-0 lead midway through the third quarter behind three Ratke field goals, Cole Johnson's 3-yard TD pass to Kris Thornton and Johnson's 2-yard run.

The Tribe (6-4, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association) scored on a 53-yard run by Malachi Imoh and a 46-yarder by Bronson Yoder to cut the deficit to eight early in the fourth quarter but three more Ratke field goals put the game out of reach. The Dukes (9-1, 6-1), who have won five straight and are ranked second in the FCS coaches poll, are tied for first with Villanova in the CAA with one regular-season game remaining. The Dukes, who lost to Villanova 28-27, will play at Delaware in next Saturday. - AP College Football


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  11/06/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Cole Johnson threw for four touchdowns, Kris Thornton caught four TDs and James Madison beat Campbell 51-14 on Saturday. Johnson and Thornton connected on three touchdown passes. Johnson finished with 259 yards on 11-of-21 passing while Thornton made eight catches for 142 yards. The Dukes (8-1) led 10-7 after the first quarter then scored 17 second-quarter points, two on Johnson-to-Thornton passes, to lead 26-7 at halftime. By the time Johnson added an 8-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter, the Dukes were up 36-7.

Hajj-Malik Williams was 19 of 33 for 268 yards passing and two touchdowns for the Fighting Camels (4-6), both to Caleb Snead, who had 198 yards on 11 catches, both single-game school records. Snead also set school records with single-season receptions (63) and career TD catches (25). Campbell lost three fumbles, two leading to Dukes scores. Before the game, James Madison, ranked third in the FCS coaches poll, announced it would be leaving the Colonial Athletic Association to move up to the FBS and join the Sun Belt Conference. After this season, the Dukes will go through a two-year transition to the FBS and join the Sun Belt no later than July 1, 2023. The Dukes' withdrawal from the CAA is effective June 30, 2022, the CAA said. JMU won the national FCS title in 2016 and reached the championship game twice since. - AP College Football


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  10/30/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Cole Johnson threw a school-record six touchdown passes and James Madison beat Elon 45-21 on Saturday to take over first place in the Colonial Athletic Association. The victory gave the Dukes (7-1, 5-1) the conference lead over William & Mary and Villanova, both 4-1. The Tribe defeated the Wildcats 31-18 on Saturday. Johnson's six touchdown passes broke a school record he shared with three other Dukes. Four of his touchdown passes came in a 28-point second quarter when the Dukes went out at front 35-14 at halftime. His sixth TD, a 31-yarder to Devin Ravenel late in the third quarter made it 45-14. Johnson finished 22 of 25 for 307 yards. Antwane Wells Jr. had two of the TD catches and finished with 114 yards on eight grabs for James Madison, ranked fifth in the FCS coaches poll. Bryson Daughtry had seven catches for a career-high 112 yards and a score for the Phoenix (4-4, 3-2). - James Madison/AP College Football

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  10/23/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  Ethan Ratke kicked a school record five field goals to back a sturdy defense and James Madison smothered Delaware 22-10 on Saturday. Ratke had kicks of 30, 37 and 47 yards but the Dukes trailed 10-9 at the half. Ryan Coe had a 51-yard field goal for the Blue Hens and Zach Gwynn found James Collins for a 26-yard touchdown. Ratke booted another 47-yarder, which is his career long, on the initial drive of the second half and Cole Johnson scored on a 36-yard run, the longest of his career, late in the third quarter. Radke's last field goal was 42 yards and was the 90th of his career. James Madison (6-1, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association), ranked seventh in the FCS coaches poll, held the Blue Hens (3-4, 2-3), ranked 23rd, to 109 yards of total offense, 25 in the second half. Delaware turned the ball over three times and James Madison had the ball for 11 more minutes, getting off 28 more plays. - James Madison/AP College Football

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  10/16/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  Ethan Ratke kicked a career-high four field goals and James Madison bounced back from its lone loss of the season with a 19-3 win over Richmond on Saturday. Cole Johnson hit Solomon Vanhorse over the middle on a short pass and the running back went untouched into the end zone for a 25-yard score and a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Ratke added a 32-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead. His other kicks came from 23, 24 and 26 yards. Jake Larson kicked a 40-yard field goal to get the Spiders (2-5, 0-4 Colonial Athletic Association) within 13-3 at halftime before Ratke added two more field goals in the third quarter for the final margin. Johnson finished 19-of-29 passing for 270 yards in leading the Dukes (6-1, 4-1), ranked seventh in the FCS coaches poll, to victory after a 28-27 loss to Villanova last week. Bruce Carter and Tony Thurston had two sacks each and James Madison six altogether. - AP College Football

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  10/02/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Cole Johnson threw three touchdown passes and Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey intercepted a pass with 1:45 to play as James Madison, the second-ranked FCS team, held off New Hampshire 23-21 on Saturday. The Dukes (4-0, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) led 17-7 at halftime as Johnson hit Reggie Brown for a touchdown in the closing seconds. However Randall Harris picked of Johnson in the opening minutes of the third quarter and returned it 18 yards for the Wildcats (3-2, 2-1). Then New Hampshire took the lead, 21-17, when Bret Edwards found Brian Espanet for an 8-yard score after the Dukes lost a fumble.

The James Madison defense took over from there and the Dukes finally put together a winning drive. Johnson's second TD pass to Kris Thornton capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive for a 23-21 lead with 8:20 to go. Johnson had 273 yards on 33-of-44 passing with Thornton catching 12 balls for 112. The Dukes had 432 yards of offense. After their last touchdown, the Wildcats had three punts but still had a chance to win despite just 162 yards of offense before the interception near mid-field. - James Madison/AP College Football


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  Gunnar Holmberg tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns and threw for a fifth as Duke overcame Kansas for a 52-33 victory Saturday, its third straight win. The Blue Devils (3-1) struck for 21 points during a six-minute span of the third quarter, taking the lead on the way to eclipsing their 2020 win total. Holmberg's scoring runs came from 4, 1, 3 and 13 yards. He threw for 328 yards, completing 22 of 29 passes.

Holmberg became the eighth Duke player with four rushing touchdowns in a game and the first since quarterback Brandon Connette ran for four in 2013. "It's part of the game plan," Holmberg said of his 17 carries for 88 yards. "The O-line did their part. The receivers (blocked well) on the perimeter." Holmberg needed brief medical attention following his final TD run. He said he just had the wind knocked out of him. Duke's Mataeo Durant ran for 124 yards on 21 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown for the game's first points. Jake Bobo made seven catches for 105 yards. "We've got a lot of weapons and we've got to continue to grow and get better," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "I think our offense is playing at an extremely high level." - Duke/AP College Football


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  09/22/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Five CAA Football teams remain ranked in the top 25 nationally in both the Stats Perform and AFCA Coaches FCS polls released after Week 3 of the regular season. James Madison (3-0) stayed at No. 2 in the AFCA poll and No. 3 in the Stats Perform rankings after its convincing 37-24 road victory over #9/8 Weber State last Saturday. The Dukes are off this weekend. Delaware (2-1) slid to No. 8 in the Stats Perform poll and No. 11 in the AFCA Coaches rankings following its 45-13 setback at Big Ten member Rutgers last week. The Blue Hens have a bye this Saturday. Villanova (3-0) moved up to No. 7 in the AFCA poll and rose to No. 11 in the Stats Perform poll after rallying past #21/18 Richmond, 34-27 last Saturday. The Wildcats travel to Big Ten power Penn State on Saturday. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

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  Duke scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and did all its scoring in the first half, then held off a Northwestern comeback to earn a 30-23 victory in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon. "I would like to stop doing what losing teams do," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "Losing teams turn the ball over. Losing teams have self-inflicted wounds. Losing teams give up explosive plays. Losing teams have communication issues. That's why you lose games. This is not hard. I'm not trying to discredit Duke, but we gift-wrapped it for them." The Blue Devils were efficient on both sides of the ball early on, scoring on six of their first eight possessions behind Gunnar Holmberg, who completed 31 of 44 passes for a career-high 314 yards and a touchdown. "Gunnar is playing pretty dang well. Gunnar wants to win, and Gunnar is a humble and an unselfish player," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "He's a good thrower. But also, Northwestern did crowd the line of scrimmage. There's no reason to be hard-headed." Meanwhile, the Blue Devils' defense forced Northwestern (1-2) into a punt or a turnover on its first seven drives. The Wildcats didn't score until late in the second quarter, following a change at quarterback. Starter Hunter Johnson threw three interceptions and was relieved by Andrew Marty, who orchestrated a quick scoring drive that covered 75 yards in just six plays. - Duke/AP College Football

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  09/19/21 - Cole JohnsonrSr/2022, James Madison, 6-4, 215 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Cole Johnson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead third-ranked James Madison over No. 9 Weber State 37-24 on Saturday night. Johnson bullied into the end zone from the 3 late in the first quarter, and his 5-yard touchdown pass to Antwane Wells Jr. stretched the Dukes' lead to 23-3 in the third quarter. The pair connected again for a 14-yard touchdown early in the fourth.

Johnson was 20-of-28 passing for 177 yards. Wells finished with eight catches for 76 yards. Ethan Ratke kicked a 44-yard field goal and made two more from the 40. The senior has kicked 78 career field goals for James Madison (3-0). Creyton Cooper tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Meacham in the third quarter for Weber State (1-2). Late in the fourth, Kylan Weisser threw a 27-yard TD pass to Rashid Shaheed and Josh Davis ran for a 2-yard score. The Dukes had never traveled farther west than Texas or North Dakota before Saturday night's matchup in Utah. - James Madison/AP College Football


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  09/15/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  SEPT 13 CAA FOOTBALL CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ethan Ratke, Sr., PK, James Madison (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee),...Ratke became the FCS all-time leader in points by a kicker (417) and tied the FCS career record for field goals (75) as James Madison beat Maine, 55-7. The senior accounted for 13 points vs Maine, making field goals of 41 and 21 yards and going 7-for-7 on extra points. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

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  09/14/21 - Ethan RatkerSr/2022, James Madison, 5-09, 186 (DS#19 K) + More +

  SEPT 13 STATS FCS NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ethan Ratke, James Madison, PK, R-Sr., 5-10, 186, Mechanicsville, Virginia,...Ratke accounted for 13 points in James Madison's 55-7 CAA win over Maine while becoming the FCS all-time leader in points by a kicker (417) and tying the career record for field goals (75). He kicked field goals of 41 and 21 yards and was 7-for-7 on PATs in his 46th career game. The All-American has made 18 straight field goal attempts and at least one in 23 straight games since the 2019 season. Honorable Mention: Timmy Bleekrode, PK, Furman; JT Bohlken, P, Illinois State; Montae Braswell, KR/CB, Missouri State; Brian Bruzdewicz, PK, Duquesne; Kevin DeShields, DT, Delaware State; Caleb Lightbourne, P, Idaho; Logan Neidhardt, P, Eastern Illinois. - STATS FCS Football

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