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NCAA Game Summary - Villanova at James Madison



(Saturday, December 6th)

Final Score: James Madison 31, Villanova 27

Harrisonburg, VA (Sports Network) - Rodney Landers accounted for four touchdowns, but the biggest came on a one-yard run with 1:38 remaining, as James Madison delivered another heartbreaking loss to Villanova, this time 31-27 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

On October 25, Landers passed 35 yards to Bosco Williams for the game-winning touchdown pass with no time left in a 23-19 win at Villanova. This time, Landers, one of three finalists for The Sports Network's Walter Payton Award as the top FCS player, completed 14-of-20 passes for 157 yards and three scores. He also rushed 26 times for 143 yards.

James Madison (12-1) will play Montana in the semifinals next weekend.

Chris Whitney connected on 13-of-20 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown, but he threw a costly interception in the final minute for Villanova (10-3), which took the lead late, only to falter again against the Dukes.

Dave Stannard's 23-yard field goal extended JMU's lead to 24-14 with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter, but the Wildcats had a drive that extended to the fourth and it was capped by Whitney's 26-yard TD pass to Brandyn Harvey with 13:51 remaining.

After a JMU punt, the Wildcats marched 69 yards in nine plays to take a 27-24 lead. It came from the Wildcat formation with 6:54 left as Matthew Szczur threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Pimm.

The Dukes then consumed most of the remaining time, even converting a 4th- and-2 from the Villanova 46 when Griff Yancey broke free for a 22-yard run.

A short time after Landers plunged into the end zone on second down, Whitney was picked off by Marcus Haywood at the JMU 42 with 40 seconds remaining.

12/06 20:42:30 ET