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Against Virginia Tech, JMU's Drew Dudzik has a magical afternoon

When he snapped the ball on what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown Saturday, James Madison senior quarterback Drew Dudzik saw almost immediately that he was going to score.

"Right after I took the first step I knew I was gone," said Dudzik, a 2006 Centreville High graduate who controlled the second half of the Dukes' 21-16 upset of Virginia Tech. "Obviously, that's the biggest touchdown of my life."

Dudzik, a high school teammate of Virginia Tech center Beau Warren and a 2005 All-Met, befuddled the Hokies' young defense in the second half, running James Madison's spread-option attack to near-perfection.

He finished with 54 yards rushing and both of the Dukes' second-half touchdowns. Dudzik, who won James Madison's starting job midway through last season, also threw a touchdown pass and was an efficient 5 of 8 for 121 yards.

"I played in a lot of big games in high school, but this is by far the biggest game," Dudzik said. "And to actually pull it out, I've always been at the losing end of big games. Just to get one feels great."

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 11, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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someone needs to be fired for this outcome.

Posted by: godpere | September 11, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

'someone needs to be fired for this outcome. '

Um yeah, Beamer. He's had you'll fooled for years. Tech isn't a national title contender, they are a decent team in a weak conference who losses games they should win. Beamer consistently gets outcoached by better coaches.

The ACC blows hard and in the last two years we've seen losses of Duke to Richmond, UVA to William and Mary and now the 'flagship' program in the conference to JMU. Hate all you want, but the CAA just has the ACC's number.

Posted by: mtorioles | September 11, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Samething happened last year:
Read and believe all the preseason hype and when the losses roll up, someone needs to be blamed because it CAN'T possibly be due to the overall skill level of the team. Maybe, just maybe, VT isn't all that. A great QB and a solid backfield -- that's about it, including the coaching. Flagship of the ACC? Not hardly.

Posted by: JEGman | September 11, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Do Tech fans still blame Glennon for losses like this?

Who is the new player that takes all of the blame?

Fans love to just blame one guy.

Posted by: rhbancroft | September 12, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Tech fans take losing so hard. They are just tortured by losses. Maybe if their fans weren't so arrogant when they win, it wouldn't be so much fun for fans like me to see them lose. Go East Carolina!!

Posted by: LovetheNats | September 12, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, screw all the VTech lost this game talks.

Let's discuss how much of a warrior Drew Dudzik is. JMU got little offense in the first 22 minutes, yet he kept staying in the pocket and taking his shots against much bigger men. In the second half Tech had no idea how to handle his read options out of the pistol as was evident by his two rushing TD's and the general ease that JMU was able to move the ball in the third and fourth quarter.

What a great game. GO DUKES!

Posted by: mtorioles | September 12, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hail to Dudzik and the Dukes!

Posted by: jplegend | September 12, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Va Tech is over-ranked!! Beamer only recruits outlaw trouble-makers and cannot win a BIG GAME.. ACC football would be better off without them!! Donald G. Peterson/ Salem-Va

Posted by: YankeeDoodleDonaldPeterson | September 13, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

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