No. 2 JMU Football shocked at home by No. 9 Elon

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.

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.

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.