A Davis Cheek 15-yard touchdown pass to Avery Jones with 1:17 to play sent 10th-ranked Elon past No. 2 James Madison 27-24 in Colonial Athletic Association football action on Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.
The Dukes fell to 4-2 on the year and 2-1 in CAA play, while the Phoenix improved to 4-1 and 2-0. The loss snapped JMU's 20-game conference win streak and 19-game home win streak. It was also Elon's first win in the seven-game series history.
The game was seen in front of 25,484 spectators, which was the fourth-largest crowd in Bridgeforth history.
A WILD FOURTH QUARTER
Elon trailed 12-10 before a Skyler Davis 33-yard field goal gave them the lead early in the fourth, and a Malcolm Summers 59-yard touchdown rush put the Phoenix ahead 20-12 with 11:26 to play.
Quarterback Ben DiNucci completed a 47-yard pass to receiver Riley Stapleton, setting up a Trai Sharp six-yard touchdown run with 9:39 to go. JMU trailed 20-18 after a failed two-point conversion.
After a defensive stop, DiNucci went to the air again, connecting with receiver Kyndel Dean for a 39-yard gain. Two plays later, DiNucci found Stapleton in the end zone for a 10-yard score, giving the Dukes the lead back at 24-20 with 7:22 to go.
JMU stopped Elon, but a fumble gave the visitors the ball back on its own 26 with 4:16 to play. Elon proceeded to go on a 10-play, 74-yard drive, which was capped off by Cheek's touchdown toss to Jones.
On the ensuing drive, DiNucci was intercepted by Connor Christiansen to seal the game.
RATKE SETS KICKING MARK, MOVES INTO ALL-TIME TOP 10
Ethan Ratke converted 4-of-4 field goal attempts against Elon, setting the JMU single-game mark for made field goals.
Ratke hit from 35, 32, 39 and 35 to become the JMU single-game record holder.
He now ranks sixth all-time at JMU with 25 career field goals.
JMU as a team had made four field goals just once previously, as Ratke and Tyler Gray each had two field goals in JMU's win at William & Mary on Oct. 14, 2017.