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James Madison Dukes football
JamesMadisonDukes.png JMU Dukes football helmet.gif
First season 1972
Head coach Mickey Matthews
10th year, 76–46–0  (.623)
Home stadium Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field
Stadium capacity 15,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia
League NCAA Division I-AA
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
All-time record 229–177–4 (.563)
Postseason bowl record 0–0
Claimed national titles 1 (2004)
Conference titles 4 (1975, 1999, 2004, 2008)
Colors Purple and Gold              
Fight song JMU Fight Song
Mascot Duke Dog
Marching band Marching Royal Dukes
Rivals Richmond Spiders
William & Mary Tribe
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
Villanova Wildcats
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Website JMU Football

The James Madison Dukes football team, founded in 1972, plays at Bridgeforth Stadium. Originally called JMU Stadium, it was renamed for William E. Bridgeforth in 1990. The JMU football team was rarely the centerpiece of JMU sports until the hiring of Mickey Matthews in 1999. Since then, JMU has gained recognition as one of the top programs in Division 1 FCS football. Some notable Dukes who went on to the NFL are Charles Haley, the only player to get five Super Bowl rings; Scott Norwood, known for missing "Wide Right" in Super Bowl XXV; and Gary Clark, a pro bowl wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. The team has a 229-177-4 all-time record.



The Dukes made the NCAA playoffs in his first year with the team and in 2004, the Dukes won the Division I-AA (now FCS) National Championship behind quarterback Justin Rascati and running back Raymond Hines. They returned to the playoffs in 2006 but suffered an early exit to the hands of Youngstown State University. The Dukes went to the playoffs again in 2007, traveling to Appalachian State in the first round. While down 27-28, JMU lost the game with a fumble on the ASU 8-yard line in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. In 2008, they posted a 10-1 season record (the lone loss coming in the season opener to FBS team Duke) and received the top seed in the playoffs behind sensational quarterback Rodney Landers. After defeating Wofford and Villanova (for the second time that season), they were defeated by the Montana Grizzlies in the semi-final round after Landers went down with an ankle injury.

Recently, the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget has approved a $10 million budget to "renovate and expand Bridgeforth Stadium".[1 ]

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