Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon

It's a 3-0 NBA Playoff Sunday for Kelso Sturgeon! The Wizards (+4½) get the outright stunner on the road against the Bulls, 102-93 for a 50-Unit winner! Mavericks (+9½) hung tough against the Spurs and got the cover in their 90-85 loss, while the Blazers/Rockets shootout went way over 214½ (242)! Kelso also wins his two big games on the diamond: Personal Best clients walked away with a 50-Unit winner last night with the Red Sox (-170) over the Orioles, 6-5, and Chairman's Club bettors got the money with the Reds (-130) over the Cubs, 8-2!
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4/24/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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 921 ATHLETICS
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4/24/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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Around FCS: JMU's offense MIA in loss to Villanova

Harrisonburg, VA (Sports Network) - There was a familiar No. 7 on the field for James Madison on Saturday afternoon, but instead of highly decorated quarterback Rodney Landers, the purple and gold uniform was being worn by redshirt freshman Justin Thorpe.

Landers, the runner-up for the 2008 Walter Payton Award, patrolled the Dukes' sideline, dressed in his JMU letterman's jacket. But Landers was helpless to keep the James Madison season from unraveling before his eyes.

A 27-0 loss to No. 6 Villanova on Saturday afternoon before 16,037 fans at a strangely subdued Bridgeforth Stadium all but eliminated No. 13 JMU from the 2009 playoffs.

"The playoffs are not on our mind right now," said JMU's veteran coach Mickey Matthews. "To be honest, we are just so bad on offense right now that we are not giving ourselves a chance. Until we get better offensively, it's going to be a rough year."

James Madison is now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association - its worst start in league play since going winless in the Atlantic 10 during a 2-9 season in 2001. Villanova improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA.

The normally lively atmosphere at one of the best venues in FCS was so depressed that the fans were throwing their trademark purple and gold streamers to celebrate infrequent first downs and two-thirds of the crowd had disappeared by the second-half kickoff.

Not counting James Madison's top-flight band, which played its heart out to end of a rainy second half, little more than 100 fans probably remained for the fourth period.

Coming off a season where JMU won 12 straight games, was ranked No. 1 nationally for most of the year and eventually lost in the semifinals of the playoffs to finish 12-2, hopes were high for the Dukes heading into 2009.

But expectations and a No. 6 national ranking in the preseason in retrospect were a stretch for what Matthews called his youngest team since 2001.

A year ago, an experienced James Madison squad, with Landers at the controls, won several games in dramatic fashion to highlight a magical regular season. But this campaign has been filled with heartbreak.

The Dukes dropped their season opener to Maryland in overtime - a game that JMU was unlucky to lose 38-35. And last week there was an emotionally draining loss to No. 1-ranked Richmond when the Dukes had the ball on the Spider six-yard- line in the final minute while trailing 21-17.

There was also a stunning 24-17 defeat at Hofstra that exposed many of James Madison's offensive limitations and put the Dukes in a position where they had to win out to reach the playoffs.

It didn't take long for Villanova, rebounding from its first loss of the season, 28-24 last week at New Hampshire, to gain control of this game. The Wildcats needed just seven plays after taking the opening kickoff to march 67 yards for a touchdown.

Matt Szczur's run off-tackle from the wildcat formation went for 44 yards and set up quarterback Chris Whitney for a four-yard scoring toss to fullback Tony Canci in the back of the end zone.

Villanova then piled it on for 13 points in the second quarter as Whitney (11- of-16 passing for 93 yards and three TDs, 18 carries for 97 yards rushing) hit Szczur on a 30-yard scoring strike in between Nick Yako field goals of 42 and 32 yards.

"We have great respect for JMU," said Villanova coach Andy Talley, who won his first game here since 2002. "They could have easily won the game last week against the No. 1 team in the country. When you go against another tough team two weeks in a row in this league it's hard to have emotion."

On defense, the Wildcats pressured Thorpe (13-of-32 passing for 144 yards, 18 carries for 65 yards rushing) constantly, forcing the young, but talented speedster into two fumbles.

"It was very frustrating," said Thorpe, who lost the game-deciding fumble last week in a three-turnover performance. "You just want to make plays. The errors I made were on me and I just can't let it happen."

Safety John Dempsey forced two fumbles that were recovered by Fred Maldonado (game-high 11 tackles) and James Pitts and linebacker Terrance Thomas caused another fumble to go with 10 tackles. The Wildcats had eight tackles for loss, led by 2.5 from defensive end Tim Kukucka.

"They blitzed us into submission tonight," Matthews said. "Justin was under tremendous pressure throwing the ball. He was getting hit every time he was throwing it."

Whitney tied his career high with his third touchdown pass, a 22-yard aerial to Szczur, midway through the third quarter to put the final nail in JMU's playoff coffin.

Szczur also tied a career-high with his three TDs and tallied 154 all-purpose yards on a day where Villanova held a 318-260 advantage in total offense.

James Madison managed to push the ball into Villanova territory only twice, at the end of both halves, and the closest it came to scoring was on a 39-yard Dixon Wright field goal attempt with 39 second left in the first half. But Wright pushed his kick narrowly wide to the left and the Dukes never really threatened again.

"To be blunt about it, if we hadn't played such good defense, we would have really been in trouble," Matthews said. "If not for our defense, we would have lost 47-0."

All-American defensive tackle Sam Daniels had a team-high 10 tackles for JMU, while Arthur Moats showed why he is one of the leading candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award with nine tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack.

It was the first time Villanova had shutout an opponent since a 20-0 victory over Colgate at home in 2002 and marked the Wildcats' first whitewash of a team on the road since a 40-0 blowout of Bucknell in 1991.

The first win for the Wildcats in Harrisonburg since 2002 also helped wipe away some of the sting from two narrow losses to James Madison last season, one which cost Villanova the CAA title and another which knocked VU out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals.

JMU hadn't been shutout at home since a 24-0 blanking by Appalachian State in 1990. It was the first scoreless game for the Dukes altogether since a 43-0 drilling at Virginia Tech in 2003 and was the first time James Madison had been held out of the end zone by an FCS opponent since a 26-0 loss at Richmond in 2002.

While JMU will be trying to get its offense on track, Villanova responded to its poor performance last week with its most complete performance of the season.

"I was very pleased with the effort of our team," said Talley. "We played as good a game as our team could play, with our team at this juncture in our development."

Matthews also came away impressed with the Wildcats.

"With what Villanova had coming back, this is the way, if I was talking to Andy right now, he thought they would be playing from the first week," said Matthews. "They've played in spurts, they haven't played close to that well until tonight."

10/19/2009 7:37:06 PM