Hokies move on to matchup against James Madison
Considering the last two times Virginia Tech faced division I-AA opponent James Madison at home, the Hokies have won by a combined score of 90-0, Saturday's game was going to be a challenge for the Dukes no matter the circumstances.
But because this is Virginia Tech's home opener and the Hokies are coming off a devastating loss to Boise State this past Monday, now is probably not the best time to be visiting Lane Stadium.
"I’m a little sore, but I’m anxious to get out there," senior Davon Morgan said Wednesday. "I still got a sour taste in my mouth. I’m looking to go and knock some heads a little bit and go out there and play some ball.”
“I think we all just want another game," added wide receiver Danny Coale. "We just want another shot at this thing, to be better, to be more polished, to be sharper. That opportunity comes Saturday and it just so happens that’s [James Madison].
This is just a guess here, but I don't get the sense Virginia Tech will come out and post a clunker like Ole Miss and Kansas did a week ago against Jacksonville State and North Dakota State, respectively.
But as Maryland fans are well aware of, James Madison is no pushover. The Dukes took the Terps to overtime a year ago, and they're currently ranked No. 12 in this week's division I-AA poll after dominating Morehead State, 48-7, last weekend.
In that game, James Madison was led by two Northern Virginia products. Senior quarterback Drew Dudzik (Centreville HS) ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. He finished 8-for-15 for 189 yards. His primary target was junior wideout Kerby Long (Yorktown HS), who had a career-high 112 yards receiving and caught both of those touchdown passes.
Those statistics, though, are a bit misleading. The Dukes feature a run-heavy spread attack. Seniors Griff Yancey (70 yards) and Jamal Sullivan (70 yards), and freshman Jordan Anderson (71 yards) all had double digit carries. Nine different players had at least one rush. They finished with 335 total yards on the ground.
I'm thinking Bud Foster's defense will bring a little more to the table than Morehead State did. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 and the game will be streamed on ESPN3.com.
On a personal note, I'm pretty excited for this one. It'll be my first game inside Lane Stadium. I will admit, though, as someone who was in attendance when Appalachian State upset Michigan back in 2008, games against FCS teams scare the living daylights out of me. Any game day tips for me? They are welcomed and appreciated.
September 10, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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