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Georgia Southern 45, James Madison 38

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STATESBORO, Ga. - Kyle Vantrease threw four touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Derwin Burgess Jr. with 1:10 remaining, and Georgia Southern beat No. 25 James Madison 45-38 to spoil the Dukes' first appearance in the AP Top 25.

Vantrease passed for a school-record 578 yards and had three receivers with more than 100 yards as the Eagles (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference) shredded James Madison's proud defense.

James Madison (5-1, 3-1) led 14-0 early in the game and 24-14 early in the second half. The Dukes, who moved into the Top 25 in their first FBS season by ranking second in the nation in total defense, couldn't stop Georgia Southern's comeback despite holding the Eagles to 12 rushing yards.

Todd Centeio's 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Greene Jr. gave James Madison a 38-37 lead with 2:28 remaining.

Vantrease brought the Eagles down the field quickly and completed an 11-yard pass to Burgess to set up the decisive score.

Anthony Wilson's interception with 18 seconds remaining ended James Madison's final drive.

Centeio ran for three touchdowns and completed 28 of 48 attempts for 468 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Georgia Southern scored 20 unanswered points after trailing 24-14. The Eagles took their first lead on Vantrease's 37-yard touchdown pass to Jalen White late in the third quarter. Alex Raynor's 41-yard field goal pushed the Eagles' lead to 34-24 early in the fourth.

Centeio's 28-yard scoring pass to Reggie Brown cut Georgia Southern's lead to 34-31, and after Raynor's 24-yard field goal extended the Eagles' lead 37-31, Centeio put the Dukes back in front.

Georgia Southern's Amare Jones had seven catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Khaleb Hood had eight catches for 131 yards and Jeremy Singleton had seven catches for 108 yards.

It was Georgia Southern's second noteworthy win of the season, following a 45-42 win at Nebraska on Sept. 10.

Georgia Southern, trailing only 17-14, opened the second half with a failed onside kick. The kick failed to travel 10 yards, giving James Madison excellent field position.

Three plays later, Centeio's 10-yard scoring run extended the lead to 24-14. He scored on runs of 17 and 13 yards in the first half.

Georgia Southern scored the next 20 points. Vantrease found Jones on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the Eagles' first play of the half, again trimming the Dukes' lead to three points.

Raynor, who had made his first nine field goal attempts this season, was wide left on a 39-yard attempt to end the first half. The miss left the Dukes with a 17-14 halftime lead.

James Madison dominated the first quarter, holding a 219-23 advantage in total yards. Centeio's 13-yard scoring run gave the Dukes a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

The Eagles quickly pulled even. Vantrease threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Jones before freshman by freshman Joshua Thompson's blocked punt and recovery in the end zone for a touchdown tied the game.

Camden Wise's 26-yard field goal gave James Madison a three-point lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

James Madison: The Dukes appeared to stray from their extremely successful offensive mix of the first quarter, including Centeio's runs. But the defense will take most of the blame, giving up the massive passing yards after allowing an average of only 227.4 yards in the first five games.

Georgia Southern: The Eagles showed resiliency as Vantrease completed 38 of 64 passes in the one-dimensional offense. They also scored on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

James Madison's visit to the Top 25 will last only one week.

UP NEXT

James Madison: Returns home to play Marshall in another Sun Belt game on Saturday.

Georgia Southern: Plays at Old Dominion on Saturday.

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Updated October 15, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter JMUGaSo
JMU TD 9:33 Todd Centeio 17 yard TD run (Camden Wise Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter JMUGaSo
JMU TD 14:55 Todd Centeio 13 yard TD run (Camden Wise Extra Point) 14 0
GaSo TD 12:48 Amare Jones 13 yard TD pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex Raynor Extra Point) 14 7
GaSo TD 10:58 Joshua Thompson 0 yard blocked punt return for TD (Alex Raynor Extra Point) 14 14
JMU FG 7:33 Camden Wise 26 yard field goal 17 14
Third Quarter JMUGaSo
JMU TD 14:00 Todd Centeio 10 yard TD run (Camden Wise Extra Point) 24 14
GaSo TD 13:48 Amare Jones 75 yard TD pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex Raynor Extra Point) 24 21
GaSo FG 5:39 Alex Raynor 20 yard field goal 24 24
GaSo TD 1:59 Jalen White 37 yard TD pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex Raynor Extra Point) 24 31
Fourth Quarter JMUGaSo
GaSo FG 14:52 Alex Raynor 41 yard field goal 24 34
JMU TD 6:24 Reggie Brown 28 yard TD pass from Todd Centeio (Camden Wise Extra Point) 31 34
GaSo FG 3:53 Alex Raynor 24 yard field goal 31 37
JMU TD 2:28 Terrance Greene Jr. 25 yard TD pass from Todd Centeio (Camden Wise Extra Point) 38 37
GaSo TD 1:10 Derwin Burgess Jr. 22 yard TD pass from Kyle Vantrease (Jalen White 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 38 45
Team Stats
  James Madison Georgia Southern
First downs 32 28
  Rushing 12 1
  Passing 19 25
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 6-18, 33%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 40-207 16-12
Passing Yards 468 578
Return Yards 129 75
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-48-3 38-64-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-17 0-0
Punts 4 6
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-51 7-70
James Madison Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Centeio 28 48 468 2 3
Georgia Southern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Vantrease 38 64 578 4 1
James Madison Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Agyei-Obese 18 106 5.9 0
L. Palmer 10 57 5.7 0
T. Centeio 12 44 3.7 3
Georgia Southern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. White 11 20 1.8 0
K. Vantrease 1 -2 -2.0 0
O. Arnold 1 -2 -2.0 0
G. Green 2 -3 -1.5 0
James Madison Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Brown 8 136 17.0 1
K. Thornton 5 126 25.2 0
D. Ravenel 4 75 18.8 0
T. Greene Jr. 4 74 18.5 1
D. Painter 2 24 12.0 0
Z. Horton 2 14 7.0 0
P. Agyei-Obese 2 11 5.5 0
L. Palmer 1 8 8.0 0
Georgia Southern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Jones 7 164 23.4 2
K. Hood 8 131 16.4 0
J. Singleton 7 108 15.4 0
D. Burgess Jr. 7 84 12.0 1
J. White 6 64 10.7 1
M. Sanders Jr. 3 27 9.0 0
James Madison Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Swann 1 -7
Georgia Southern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Bride 1 27
A. Wilson 1 4
D. Springer 1 0
James Madison Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Clark 3 134 44.7
Georgia Southern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Beck II 6 275 45.8
James Madison Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Sarratt 2 15 7.5
Georgia Southern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Jones 1 7 7.0
James Madison Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Malignaggi 4 96 24.0
Q. Reid 1 25 25.0
Georgia Southern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Jones 1 16 16.0
O. Arnold 1 21 21.0
James Madison Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Southern Missed FG
Player Length
A. Raynor 39




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