James Madison’s football team almost made it look easy this season. They scored 80 points — twice — and averaged 46.7 points per game. They won 14 games, including 12 in a row. But facing the five-time defending FCS national champions in the semifinals appeared to be no easy task.
As we wrote, Now comes the hard part for James Madison — North Dakota State. But a JMU fan shared a different take:
"Or are we the hard part for North Dakota State?"
Nailed it. JMU jumped to a 17-0 lead and pulled away for a 27-17 win on Dec. 16 after North Dakota State tied the game at 17. Then on Saturday, the Dukes defeated Youngstown State 28-14 in the FCS title game for their second national title. JMU also won in 2004 and became the eighth FCS program to earn multiple national championships.
Here's how the Dukes became kings of the FCS.