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James Madison Dukes upset #13 Virginia Tech Hokies, 21-16

Up until Saturday afternoon, most people probably did not know that James Madison, our fourth president, 1809-1817, had a university named after him James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, home of basketball star Ralph Sampson, Sr., put an end to Virginia Tech’s national title hopes with a 21-16 victory in Blacksburg, Virginia.

James Madison Dukes (JMU photo)

The Hokies were done in by missed tackles, blown assignments and lots of mistakes while relying to much on their talented QB Tyrod Taylor.

Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for one other for the 2-0 Dukes, one of the top teams in the Football Championship Subdivision known as I-AA. They are only the second FCS team to beat the Hokies at Lane Stadium, Richmond won 24-14 in 1985.

Virginia Tech is the second ranked team to lose to a lower division team. The first was Number 5 Michigan, who lost to I-AA AppalachianĀ  State on September 1, 2007, 34-32 in the Big House of Michigan Stadium.

QB Drew Dudzik (JMU photo)

Head coach Mickey Matthews (JMU photo)

Virginia Tech lost six days earlier to Number 3 Boise State late in the game.

James Madison served as president between Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

compiled by staff & James Madison University news

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