Sept. 16, 2010

Courtesy of JMU

HARRISONBURG, Va., - On the strength of its first-ever win at then-FBS #13 Virginia Tech, the James Madison football squad surged to third in both major national polls, announced today.

The Dukes jumped from No. 12 to No. 3 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top-25 Poll, while moving up eight spots from No. 11 in last week's FCS Coaches' Poll. Madison made the moves after getting its 21-16 victory in Blacksburg, this past Saturday, just the second time in history a Football Championship Subdivision team has defeated a ranked Football Bowl Subdivision team. The first was Appalachian State's win over then-No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

Additionally this week, James Madison received 11 points in the AP Poll for FBS Football, Sept. 12, 2010. This is the first time JMU has appeared in this national poll, as the program landed on the ballots of two voters -- Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in California and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. Appalachian State's victory in 2007 caused The Associated Press to change its policy and allow voters to vote for teams in what used to be called I-AA.

A total of seven Colonial Athletic Association teams are ranked in the top 15 of each of the two major national polls. Also in the rankings from the CAA are defending national champion Villanova, New Hampshire, Richmond, Delaware, William and Mary and Massachusetts.