2016 James Madison Dukes Football Team
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2016 James Madison Dukes Football Team
2016 James Madison Dukes football
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
CAA champion
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 1
FCS CoachesNo. 1
2016 record14-1 (8-0 CAA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDonnie Kirkpatrick (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Trott (1st season)
Home stadiumBridgeforth Stadium
(Capacity: 24,877)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 James Madison $^   8 0         14 1  
No. 11 Villanova ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 17 New Hampshire ^   6 2         8 5  
No. 8 Richmond ^   5 3         10 4  
Maine   5 3         6 5  
Albany   4 4         7 4  
Stony Brook   4 4         5 6  
William & Mary   3 5         5 6  
Towson   3 5         4 7  
Delaware   2 6         4 7  
Elon   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2016 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 14-1 overall with an 8-0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title. They received the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, and five-time defending champions North Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game, where they defeated Youngstown State. This was their first national championship since 2004.

Previous season

In 2015, the Dukes finished with a record of 9-3, 6-2 in CAA play, to finish in a first-place tie with Richmond and William & Mary. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs and hosted Colgate in the second round. The Dukes lost to the Raiders, 44-38, and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:00 pmMorehead State*No. 12MadiZoneW 80-723,626
September 104:00 pmCentral Connecticut*No. 12
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MadiZoneW 56-2120,636
September 173:30 pmat North Carolina*No. 11ACCN/CSNL 28-5656,000
September 2412:00 pmat MaineNo. 11ASNW 31-208,786
October 11:30 pmDelawareNo. 7
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA (Rivalry)
MadiZoneW 43-2025,236
October 83:30 pmWilliam & MaryNo. 7
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA (Rivalry)
CSNW 31-2420,354
October 1512:00 pmat New HampshireNo. 7ASNW 42-398,316
October 293:30 pmRhode IslanddaggerNo. 8
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MadiZoneW 84-723,841
November 53:30 pmat No. 6 RichmondNo. 7CSNW 47-438,700
November 121:00 pmat No. 9 VillanovaNo. 6NNAAW 20-76,109
November 191:30 pmElonNo. 6
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MadiZoneW 63-1416,184
December 32:00 pmNo. 22 New Hampshire*No. 5
ESPN3W 55-2213,231
December 97:00 pmNo. 1 Sam Houston State*No. 5
ESPN2W 65-715,646
December 167:00 pmat No. 4 North Dakota State*No. 5ESPN2W 27-1718,282
January 7, 201712:00 pmvs. No. 13 Youngstown State*No. 5ESPN2W 28-1414,423

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Roster

Game summaries

Morehead State

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 0 0 7
#12 Dukes 28 24 21 7 80
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-2 2015 W 56-7

Central Connecticut

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 7 14 0 21
#12 Dukes 21 14 7 14 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-0 2013 W 38-14

at North Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Dukes 21 0 7 0 28
Tar Heels 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-2 2011 L 10-42

at Maine

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Dukes 7 3 7 14 31
Black Bears 0 13 7 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
11-5 2012 W 31-7

Delaware

1 2 3 4 Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 0 7 0 13 20
#7 Dukes 7 19 7 10 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-14 2015 W 24-21

William & Mary

1 2 3 4 Total
Tribe 3 7 0 14 24
#7 Dukes 10 0 7 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
21-17 2015 L 41-44

at New Hampshire

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Dukes 7 14 7 14 42
Wildcats 0 9 3 27 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
7-8 2013 L 17-33

Rhode Island

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 0 0 7
#8 Dukes 28 21 21 14 84
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-3 2012 W 32-7

at Richmond

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Dukes 14 10 6 17 47
#6 Spiders 10 14 7 12 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
15-18 2015 L 49-59

at Villanova

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Dukes 7 0 3 10 20
#9 Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
12-12 2015 W 38-29

Elon

1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix 0 7 7 0 14
#6 Dukes 17 10 15 21 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-0 2015 W 51-0

FCS Playoffs

Second Round-New Hampshire

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Wildcats 7 0 8 7 22
#5 Dukes 3 28 21 3 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-8 10/15/16 W 42-39

Quarterfinals-Sam Houston State

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Bearkats 0 0 0 7 7
#5 Dukes 21 21 23 0 65
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Semifinals-North Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Dukes 7 10 0 10 27
#4 Bison 0 7 10 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 2011 FCS Playoffs L 14-26

It was this game that ended NDSU's streak of five consecutive FCS titles.

Championship-Youngstown State

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Penguins 0 7 0 7 14
#5 Dukes 14 7 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-3 2006 FCS Playoffs L 31-35

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 12 12 11 11 7 7 7 8 8 7 6 6 5 (1) 1 (154)
Coaches 11 11 8 7 6 6 6 5 (1) 5 5 5 5 (1) 5 1 (26)
FCS Playoffs Not released 5 4 4 Not released

References

  1. ^ "2016 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2015.

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