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James Madison Are The 2016 FCS Champions

[lead align=”default”]Your 2016 FCS champions are the James Madison Dukes, following their victory on Saturday in Frisco.[/lead]

The Dukes defeated the Youngstown State Penguins, 28-14, in the FCS national championship game. It is JMU’s second championship overall, and their first since the 2004 season. They have finished their season on a 12-game win streak.

An impressive run for the Dukes comes to an end with a title. This journey took them through New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, the previously unbeatable North Dakota State, and Bo Pelini’s Penguins. Through it all, they rode a very hot offense that sliced through a number of opponents.

The Dukes took control of the game early and Youngstown State rarely posed much of a threat. Every time the Penguins attempted to mount a rally, they’d be done in by a turnover or a James Madison defensive play. Sustaining drives was a major issue for Youngstown State, but certainly less so for the Dukes. Offensive standout Khalid Abdullah ran in two touchdowns for James Madison in the victory; he was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the game.

James Madison 2016 FCS Champions: Game Summary

(12:10 1st) JMU TOUCHDOWN, 14 yds, Schor to Kloosterman. 7-0 JMU.
(9:37 1st) JMU TOUCHDOWN, 18 yds, Schor to R. Davis. 14-0 JMU.
(8:17 2nd) JMU TOUCHDOWN, 1 yd, Abdullah run. 21-0 JMU.
(3:35 2nd) YSU TOUCHDOWN, 17 yds, Schor to R. Davis. 21-7 JMU.
(10:10 3rd) JMU TOUCHDOWN, 2 yds, Abdullah run. 28-7 JMU.
(0:10 4th) YSU TOUCHDOWN, 7 yds, Wells to Braswell. 28-14 JMU.

Congratulations to James Madison on their first title in 12 years.

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