New Hampshire at James Madison FCS Football 2016 Playoffs Second Round Breakdown


New Hampshire at James Madison, Saturday, 2:00

New Hampshire crushed Lehigh 64-21 in the first round of the playoffs as the Wildcats ran wild on the Mountain Hawks’ defense. Dalton Crossan rushed for 184 yards and Trevon Bryant added 113. Quarterback Adam Riese, who stepped in for injured signal caller Trevor Knight, threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Knight may return for the trip to James Madison, but either way UNH has struggled with interceptions and the Wildcats will have to get another good game out of Crossan in order to beat James Madison.

The Dukes have a very potent offense too. Khalid Abdullah rushed for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns and Cardon Johnson is a great secondary back. Quarterback Bryan Schor can do some damage with his legs too, but is also a very efficient passer. He completed 73.2 percent of his passes during the regular season for 2,026 yards and 18 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.

James Madison visited New Hampshire back on October 15th and it was the Dukes who came away with a 42-39 victory. With JMU at home this time around, they should be favored to win again. New Hampshire is playing pretty well right now though and should be able to hang in there blow for blow with James Madison. This game could come down to turnovers. On paper, James Madison has the advantage in that department and a couple lost possessions due to interceptions by Knight or Riese could make all of the difference.


Projected Score: James Madison 45, New Hampshire 38


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