Sept. 27, 2009

Courtesy of James Madison Athletics

LYNCHBURG, Va., Sept. 26, 2009 - Sophomore tailback Corwin Acker (Landover, Md./Blake) ran for a career-high 147 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead James Madison to a 24-10 non-conference football victory at Liberty Saturday.

Acker scored on a 65-yard run to break a 10-10 tie early during the final quarter and later had a 13-yard scoring carry to all but seal the victory for the Dukes.

JMU won for the second straight week and raised its record to 2-1 while Liberty fell to 2-2.

Acker's career-long 65-yard carry came on the first play from scrimmage after Liberty had pulled into a 10-10 tie on Matt Blevins' 27-yard field goal with 14:55 to play. Acker got to the outside to his left and raced along the sideline to score at the 14:35 mark of the final period.

His 13-yard touchdown run came with 1:58 remaining on the first play after JMU junior free safety Griff Yancey (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) returned an interception 34 yards.

Acker ran 12 times overall and late during the game was playing in place of junior tailback Jamal Sullivan (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline), who didn't return to play after suffering an apparent lower leg injury during the third quarter. Sullivan had run 15 times for 83 yards and JMU's first touchdown, and he and Acker led a 301-yard Rushing attack for the Dukes.

JMU finished with 348 yards of total offense during a game that was played in a steady rain. Liberty had 217 yards (96 rushing, 132 passing). The Flames compiled only 88 yards of total offense during the second half.