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The James Madison Dukes will be returning home after a two-game road trip. James Madison and the Marshall Thundering Herd will face off in a Sun Belt battle at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Showker Field at Bridgeforth Stadium. The Dukes are out to keep their three-game home win streak alive.
James Madison came within a touchdown against the Georgia Southern Eagles last week, but they wound up with a 45-38 loss. Despite the defeat, James Madison got a solid performance out of QB Todd Centeio, who passed for two TDs and 468 yards on 48 attempts in addition to rushing for three TDs and 44 yards.
Meanwhile, Marshall came up short against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns last Wednesday, falling 23-13. If the result catches you off guard, it should: Marshall was far and away the favorite. The losing side was boosted by RB Khalan Laborn, who rushed for two TDs and 120 yards on 26 carries.
This next contest looks promising for the Dukes, who are favored by a full 12.5 points. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
The losses put James Madison at 5-1 and the Thundering Herd at 3-3. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: James Madison ranks first in the nation when it comes to rushing yards allowed per game, with only 37 on average. Marshall is not quite as good, but they are no chumps, either: they enter the game with only 77.3 rushing yards allowed per game on average, good for second best in the nation. Looks like yards on the ground might be a bit hard to come by this week.
✅ Sun Belt road win
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After another interception, Khalan Laborn races to the right to double the margin for the Herd!
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Owen Porter with 3.5 sacks. Other Marshall football players with at least as many sacks in a single game:
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Today: 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, 1 pass breakup, 4 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble. pic.twitter.com/bbxgKaESsX
Charlie Gray does it again, picking off another pass and giving the Herd the ball again. pic.twitter.com/Li8gpBAdlP
Cam Fancher connects with Corey Gammage on a 57-yard touchdown and the HERD HAS THE LEAD!
Marshall 16, JMU 12, 13:17 left of the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/DeoeLPtCYL
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Khalan Laborn is over 100 rushing yards for the seventh consecutive game.
JMU’s six opponents had 78 carries for 77 yards COMBINED in the first half this season. pic.twitter.com/CSj49atmQG
The Herd has the ball again after a Charlie Gray pick flips the field! #WeAreMarshall pic.twitter.com/4bT1E5Ju22
The longest rush JMU had previously allowed this season was 24 yards. https://t.co/AgWoDNeq3a
Corey Gammage’s 22-yard reception in the first quarter was No. 150 of his career. #WeAreMarshall pic.twitter.com/xlcn854hUn
𝗦𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗚𝗔𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗔𝗬 🏈 pic.twitter.com/WvxWoZzmuu
2 Hours Out 🤘🏈🦬#WeAreMarshall pic.twitter.com/f6cBnc5QK7
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