James Madison beat SMU 48-45 Saturday night in Dallas to add to the list of FCS victories over FBS teams in 2015. Quarterback, Vad Lee, was huge.
They say things are bigger in Texas. Well, nothing was bigger in Big D Saturday night than the one-two punch the Dukes’ Vad Lee laid on SMU to spoil their Homecoming. Lee was 20 of 33 passing for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, he rambled for 276 yards on the ground on 20 carries for an average of 13.8 yards per carry and another two scores. That totals 565 yards on 53 total attempts. You do the math. In other words, first downs were no problem for James Madison as they moved the chains 34 times. Lee had plenty of help as the wealth was spread among another nine backs and receivers who, in concert with Lee, rolled up an astounding 729 yards of offense. There are some other guys on the JMU offense that deserve credit: the big uglies on the O-line, a salty bunch, indeed.
James Madison, undefeated at 4-0, is looking mighty fine at this point and, no doubt, is harboring even greater aspirations in the Colonial and beyond. They average just over 50 points per game while giving up just under 25 per contest. That works. Up next for JMU is a home game against conference-mate Stony Brook.
SMU had looked much improved going into this game, especially after giving TCU a couple of runs last week. Additionally, they played Baylor tough in the first half of the opener and blasted North Texas in a satisfying reversal of last year’s affair. The Ponies have shown good offensive firepower, averaging just over 33 points per game. However, the problem is they have left the gate open on defense allowing just over 43 points a game. If SMU could get a little defense (read, Lots O’D) to go with that offense, they would be off and running. The AAC is no joke, but the Mustangs will have a puncher’s chance in every game with their offense, especially if they can improve on defense. Next up, SMU opens their AAC play, hosting East Carolina who is fresh off an impressive, if soggy, win at home against Virginia Tech.