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Game On 2014 Opponent Preview: James Madison

November 26, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 20/23 Liberty will make its first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff appearance on Saturday when the Flames travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face No. 15/15 James Madison.

The Commonwealth battle will mark the 18th meeting between the two programs and the first since 2011. James Madison was victorious the last time the two teams met on the gridiron. Dukes' kicker Cameron Strakes knocked down a 40-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 27-24 victory at Williams Stadium on Sept. 27.

James Madison is making its first appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 2011 and its 11th total in program history. The Dukes' most notable playoff run came in 2004 when James Madison capture the FCS national championship.

The Dukes are riding a seven-game win streak after a convincing 59-27 home victory over Elon. James Madison will enter its matchup with Liberty with a 9-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the CAA.

James Madison has the No. 8 ranked offense in the country, averaging 497.0 total offensive yards per game. The Dukes also rank No. 12 in the country in passing offense (280.0 yards per game), No. 16 in scoring offense (36.9 points per game) and No. 20 in rushing offense (217.0 yards per game).

James Madison's offense is led by junior quarterback Vad Lee, who has thrown for 3,323 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014. He ranks No. 5 in the country in passing yards and No. 4 in total offense (341.0 yards per game).

Game On, a 30-minute daily sports talk show produced by Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN), airs Monday through Friday on various LFSN affiliates across the country and features regular coverage of Liberty football throughout the 2014 season. LFSN is a professional network that reaches more than 85 million homes across the U.S. and other areas of the world.