JMU tops Villanova 30-8 with ESPN’s College Gameday in town

James Madison tight end Clayton Cheatham (37) hauls in a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Villanova in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) – Bryan Schor threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and defending FCS champion James Madison beat Villanova 30-8 on Saturday to set a conference record with 18 straight victories.

The Dukes broke Richmond’s Colonial Athletic Association mark, set from 2008-09. James Madison hasn’t lost to another FCS member since the second round of the 2015 playoffs against Colgate.

James Madison built a 13-0 lead at halftime after holding Villanova to just 58 yards with three sacks and an interception. The Wildcats pulled to 16-8 early in the fourth but Schor connected with David Eldridge for a 29-yard score. Brandon Hereford capped it with his first career pick and touchdown with 1:57 left.

Terrence Alls made seven catches for 83 yards for James Madison (6-0, 3-0), which hosted ESPN’s College Gameday for the second time.

The popular pre-game program aired for the eighth time from a FCS location. It helped draw the second-largest crowd in school history with 25,993.

Jimmy Moreland made an interception on Villanova’s third play of the game and James Madison got to the Wildcats’ 5 before settling for a 3-0 lead. Clayton Cheatham extended it 13-0 by catching an open pass over the middle and breaking tackles near the end zone for a 23-yard score.

Schor went over 5,000 career passing yards in the first half.

Freshman Kyle McCloskey started the second half at quarterback for Villanova (4-3, 2-2). He threw for 15 yards and added 43 yards on the ground. The Wildcats, who entered allowing just 13.2 points per game, were held to 174 total yards.

COLLEGE GAMEDAY

The ESPN crew was also live from James Madison in 2015 in front of more than 12,000 fans. The game against Richmond drew a Bridgeforth Stadium-record crowd of 26,069.

UP NEXT

Villanova has a bye week before hosting Elon on Oct. 28.

James Madison plays at William & Mary next Saturday.