JMU Rejoices at Football Win Over VT

Jeremy Aldrich -- September 11th, 2010

Harrisonburg is buzzing tonight over the JMU football team’s surprising victory against Virginia Tech, playing on VT’s home field in Blacksburg. The final score was 21-16.

The win is surprising for two reasons. First, the teams are not even in the same division.  Tech is ranked 13th in the FBS (formerly known as Division I-A), which is the top division for college football, while JMU is ranked 12th in the FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA), which is for the second tier of college football programs. Second, in the previous two meetings of the school’s football teams (in 1999 and 2003), JMU was scoreless against dominant Tech teams.

Needless to say, expectations before the game were low.

On and around campus, reaction to the win has been strong, including fireworks, a crowdsurfing James Madison lookalike, and curiosity over the limits to JMU President Rose’s recently-announced commitment to fight a “negative alcohol culture”.

Some representative headlines from regional and national media outlets:

Anatomy of an Upset

James Madison pulls off stunner in Blacksburg

No joke: No. 13 Va. Tech falls to James Madison

FCS over FBS equals one big mess

Virginia Tech self-destructs in loss to JMU

ESPN’s Reece Davis may have the most-retweeted sentiment of the evening, calling it “James Madison’s best work since the Federalist Papers”.

6 Responses to “JMU Rejoices at Football Win Over VT”

  1. Congratulations Dukes! Your squad won this thing running away!
    Bubby The Sad Hokie.

  2. Deb SF says:

    Drove through campus and the Port apartment complexes around 9 tonight; really, really quiet.

  3. Deb SF says:

    Nice DNR piece here (love the Michael Vick-Alpo line):

  4. seth says:


  5. Andy Perrine says:

    How many batteries does it take to light the Hokies scoreboard?

    1 AA

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