2019 James Madison Dukes Football Team
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2019 James Madison Dukes Football Team
2019 James Madison Dukes football
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
CAA champion
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 2
FCS CoachesNo. 2
2019 record14-2 (8-0 CAA)
Head coachCurt Cignetti (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorShane Montgomery (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCorey Hetherman (1st season)
Home stadiumBridgeforth Stadium
(Capacity: 24,877)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 James Madison $^   8 0         14 2  
No. 18 Albany ^   6 2         9 5  
No. 15 Villanova ^   5 3         9 4  
New Hampshire   5 3         6 5  
Towson   4 4         7 5  
Maine   4 4         6 6  
Elon   4 4         5 6  
Richmond   4 4         5 7  
Delaware   3 5         5 7  
William & Mary   3 5         5 7  
Stony Brook   2 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   0 8         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2019 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Curt Cignetti and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium. They competed as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 14-2, 8-0 in CAA play to be CAA champions. They received the CAA's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Monmouth, Northern Iowa, and Weber State to advance to the FCS National Championship Game where they lost to North Dakota State.

Previous season

The Dukes finished the 2018 season 9-4, 6-2 in CAA play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Delaware in the first round before losing to Colgate in the second round.

On December 7, 2018, Mike Houston was formally announced and hired as the next coach of East Carolina, alongside nine staff members.[1]

Preseason

CAA poll

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 23, 2019, the Dukes were predicted to finish in first place.[2]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 James Madison 238 (20)
2 Towson 217 (3)
3 Maine 201 (1)
4 Elon 164
5 Delaware 162
6 Stony Brook 151
7 New Hampshire 109
8 Rhode Island 104
9 Villanova 84
10 Richmond 62
11 William & Mary 58
12 Albany 34

Preseason All-CAA team

The Dukes had six players selected to the preseason all-CAA team.[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:00 p.m.at West Virginia*No. 2AT&TSN PittL 13-2061,891
September 76:00 p.m.Saint Francis (PA)*No. 2NBCS WAW 44-722,422
September 143:30 p.m.Morgan State*No. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
NBCS WAW 63-1219,777
September 214:00 p.m.at Chattanooga*No. 2ESPN+W 37-148,795
September 282:00 p.m.at No. 24 ElonNo. 2FloSportsW 45-1011,926
October 56:00 p.m.at No. 24 Stony BrookNo. 2FloSports/SNYW 45-38 OT12,812
October 121:30 p.m. No. 5 VillanovaNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASNW 38-2425,076
October 193:30 p.m.at William & MaryNo. 2FloSportsW 38-1011,821
October 263:30 p.m. No. 16 TowsondaggerNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN/SNYW 27-1023,983
November 93:30 p.m. No. 23 New HampshireNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN/SNYW 54-1619,660
November 163:30 p.m.RichmondNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA (rivalry)
MASN/SNYW 48-621,947
November 2312:00 p.m.at Rhode IslandNo. 2FloSportsW 55-212,815
December 71:00 p.m.No. 14 Monmouth*No. 2
ESPN3W 66-2110,881
December 137:00 p.m.No. 6 Northern Iowa*No. 2
ESPN2W 17-08,741
December 216:30 p.m.No. 4 Weber State*No. 2
ESPNUW 30-1410,487
January 1112:00 p.m.No. 1 North Dakota State*No. 2ABCL 20-2817,866
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Source:[3]

Game summaries

at West Virginia

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 7 0 3 3 13
Mountaineers 0 3 7 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-2 2012 L, 12-42

Saint Francis (PA)

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Flash 0 0 0 7 7
No. 2 Dukes 14 13 10 7 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
3-0 2014 W, 38-22

Morgan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 0 9 12
No. 2 Dukes 7 21 0 35 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 1995 W, 76-7

at Chattanooga

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 14 6 10 7 37
Mocs 14 0 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

at Elon

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 14 7 17 7 45
No. 24 Phoenix 7 0 0 3 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-1 2018 L, 24-27

at Stony Brook

1 2 3 4OT Total
No. 2 Dukes 14 14 3 77 45
No. 24 Seawolves 14 7 7 100 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-1 2018 W, 13-10

Villanova

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Wildcats 0 10 14 0 24
No. 2 Dukes 7 10 0 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
16-11 2018 W, 37-0

at William & Mary

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 7 14 10 7 38
Tribe 3 0 7 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
24-17 2018 W, 51-0

Towson

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Tigers 0 10 0 0 10
No. 2 Dukes 7 17 3 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
21-6-1 2018 W, 38-17

New Hampshire

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Wildcats 10 0 6 0 16
No. 2 Dukes 10 20 14 10 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
10-9 2018 L, 24-35

Richmond

1 2 3 4 Total
Spiders 0 6 0 0 6
No. 2 Dukes 10 14 14 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
18-18 2017 W, 63-10

at Rhode Island

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 10 21 7 17 55
Rams 0 0 14 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
11-3 2018 W, 48-31

FCS Playoffs

The Dukes entered the postseason tournament as the number two seed, with a first-round bye.[4]

Monmouth-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Hawks 14 7 0 0 21
No. 2 Dukes 21 17 14 14 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Northern Iowa-Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
No. 2 Dukes 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Weber State-Semifinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Wildcats 0 7 0 7 14
No. 2 Dukes 10 14 3 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2017 FCS Playoffs W, 31-28

vs. North Dakota State-Championship

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 7 3 3 7 20
No. 1 Bison 7 14 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-2 2018 FCS Championship L, 13-17

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 13 Final
STATS FCS 2 (14) 2 (11) 2 (9) 2 (8) 2 (4) 2 (7) 2 (1) 2 (2) 2 (3) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 2 2 2
Coaches 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Players drafted into the NFL

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 231 Ben DiNucci QB Dallas Cowboys

References

  1. ^ Pace, Blake (December 5, 2018). "Nine former staff members from JMU join Mike Houston at ECU". www.breezejmu.org. The Breeze. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b Washburn, Rob (July 23, 2019). "James Madison Picked to Capture CAA Football Championship in 2019". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "FCS bracket revealed for 2019 Division I football championship". ncaa.com. November 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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