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James Madison 56, Coastal Carolina 14

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Associated Press

CONWAY, S.C. - Jordan McCloud threw a career-high five touchdown passes - three to Elijah Sarratt - and No. 24 James Madison rebounded from its only loss to rout Coastal Carolina 56-14.

Transitioning from FCS to the bowl subdivision, the Dukes (11-1, 7-1 Sun Belt) were turned down twice by the NCAA in a bid for a waiver that would make them eligible for the league title game next week as East Division champions - and potentially a New Year's Six bowl invite as the top Group of Five team.

But James Madison lost in overtime, 26-23, at home to Appalachian State a week ago. The school said in a statement earlier this week that loss “changed the landscape in terms of the nature and timing of our legal options, including the diminished viability of a lawsuit against the NCAA.”

McCloud’s final three TD passes came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. The sixth-year player surpassed his old touchdown mark, which he tied three times previously this season. He was 26 of 35 for 324 yards and also ran for a score. Sarratt had six catches for 107 yards.

McCloud and the Dukes dismissed the off-the-field issues in pounding the Chanticleers (7-5, 5-3).

McCloud started the scoring with a 1-yard TD run, then connected with Reggie Brown for a 29-yard score. A pair of short rushing touchdowns by Sarratt and Ty Lawton, the latter just 38 seconds before halftime had the Dukes rolling with a 28-0 lead.

Coastal Carolina would have advanced to the league championship game with a win. Instead, the Chants stumbled badly in the regular-season finale and managed just 74 yards rushing.

THE TAKEAWAY

James Madison: It was a strong response from the Dukes, who saw their undefeated run come to end a week ago at home against Appalachian State. James Madison is expected to get a bowl game because it tops the list of programs who will play in the postseason if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill the postseason slots.

Coastal Carolina: Chants fans got a stir when it was announced injured quarterback Grayson McCall would start and warmed up pre-game. But McCall, the three-time Sun Belt player of the year, didn't get into the contest. He's missed the past five games with a head injury.

James Madison athletics press release

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter JMUCoastC
JMU TD 5:41 Jordan McCloud 1 yd run (Camden Wise kick) 7 0
Second Quarter JMUCoastC
JMU TD 14:52 Reggie Brown 29 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Camden Wise kick) 14 0
JMU TD 3:26 Elijah Sarratt 1 yd run (Camden Wise kick) 21 0
JMU TD 0:38 Ty Son Lawton 1 yd run (Camden Wise kick) 28 0
Third Quarter JMUCoastC
JMU TD 10:22 Elijah Sarratt 4 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Camden Wise kick) 35 0
CoastC TD 7:07 Max Balthazar 42 yd pass from Ethan Vasko (Kade Hensley kick) 35 7
JMU TD 5:15 Elijah Sarratt 32 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Camden Wise kick) 42 7
Fourth Quarter JMUCoastC
JMU TD 14:55 Zach Horton 10 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Camden Wise kick) 49 7
JMU TD 8:47 Elijah Sarratt 24 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Camden Wise kick) 56 7
CoastC TD 3:12 Ethan Vasko 16 yd run (Kade Hensley kick) 56 14
Team Stats
  James Madison Coastal Carolina
First downs 27 14
  Rushing 9 3
  Passing 17 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-11, 55% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 34-157 25-74
Passing Yards 324 254
Return Yards 11 88
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-35-1 21-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 1--5
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 37 35.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties - Yards 9-62 3-24
Time of Possession 32:34 27:26
James Madison Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCloud 26 35 324 5 1
Coastal Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Vasko 21 29 254 1 0
James Madison Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Lawton 14 73 5.2 1
K. Black 7 35 5.0 0
S. Malignaggi 6 32 5.3 0
B. Atkins 1 11 11.0 0
J. McCloud 5 5 1.0 1
E. Sarratt 1 1 1.0 1
Coastal Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Vasko 9 45 5.0 1
J. Simpkins 6 22 3.7 0
B. Bennett 3 4 1.3 0
C. Beasley 1 3 3.0 0
M. Balthazar 2 1 0.5 0
J. Brown 1 0 0.0 0
R. White 3 -1 -0.3 0
James Madison Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Sarratt 6 107 17.8 3
P. Sproles 11 99 9.0 0
R. Brown 3 58 19.3 1
Y. Knight 2 23 11.5 0
T. Lawton 1 15 15.0 0
Z. Horton 2 11 5.5 1
K. Wright 1 11 11.0 0
Coastal Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Pinckney 4 63 15.8 0
J. Tucker 3 58 19.3 0
M. Balthazar 2 44 22.0 1
B. Bennett 3 30 10.0 0
J. Brown 3 19 6.3 0
B. Johnson 1 18 18.0 0
K. Karr 2 17 8.5 0
C. Beasley 1 6 6.0 0
R. White 2 -1 -.5 0
James Madison Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Coastal Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Eubanks 1 0
James Madison Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Hanson 3 111 37.0
Coastal Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Crenshaw 4 141 35.3
James Madison Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Sarratt 1 11 11.0
Coastal Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brown 1 0 0
James Madison Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Coastal Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Simpkins 2 44 22.0
T. Fletcher 1 41 41.0
M. Shelton 1 3 3.0
James Madison Missed FG
Player Length
Coastal Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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