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Adam Hermann | NCAA.com | December 16, 2017

JMU grabs five takeaways in a quarter, sets FCS record

If defense really does win championships, James Madison has to feel good about its chances for an FCS repeat.

The Dukes racked up five — count ‘em, FIVE — turnovers in the first quarter of Saturday’s semifinal matchup with South Dakota State. All came on SDSU's first five possessions of the game.

JMU finished the first stanza with three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one FCS single-season record, as the first of Jimmy Moreland’s two first-quarter picks put the Dukes into rarified air:

Let’s take a look at all five takeaways, and you can pick your favorite:

No. 1: A gigantic hit

No. 2: Some perfect timing

No. 3: Good post-INT celebration

No. 4: A never-say-quit attitude

No. 5: Jimmy Moreland, WR?

There’s a lot to like about all those turnovers: high motors on the forced fumbles and great ball tracking from Jimmy Moreland on his picks.

For the record, James Madison defensive coordinator Bob Trott probably didn't have a preference between any of the five. He likely just wanted his guys to keep it up.

So they did: 

What a night for the Dukes.

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