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Centeio leads JMU in 47-7 rout of No. 23 Coastal Carolina

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Todd Centeo threw for four touchdowns and one score Saturday as James Madison play…

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Todd Centeo threw for four touchdowns and one score Saturday as James Madison beat No. 23 Coastal Carolina 47-7 in what he considered his postseason game.

JMU (8-3, 6-2 Sun Belt) earned a technical share of the league’s East Division title with the same conference record as the Chanticleers, but the Dukes are ineligible for the title under the terms of their move to the Bowl Subdivision.

As the game ended, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared through the stadium.

The Chanticleers (9-2, 6-2) were the first top-25 AP visitors to ever play at Bridgeforth Stadium, but did so without quarterback Grayson McCall in the starting lineup. Their only score came on the second drive on a 34-yard pass from Jarrett Guest to Tyson Mobley.

James Madison trailed 7-6 before Todd Centeo hit wide receiver Reggie Brown for a 34-yard TD on the second rush of the second quarter to give the Ducks the lead. He then hit Devin Ravenel in the back of the end zone for 26 yards on the next drive. On the play, Ravenel made a stunning grab over the top of the defender in very tight coverage.

Drew Painter’s 17-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and Latrell Palmer’s 13-yard run made it 33-7 midway through the quarter, and an 8-yard pass to Ravenel with 16 seconds left in the quarter gave Santeio his fourth game as with at least four touchdown passes this season. He added an 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

FOR TAKE AWAY

Coastal Carolina: The Chants, with McCall, were the only team in the Group of Five with one loss, but they are a completely different team without him. They gained 75 yards on a touchdown and only 109 the rest of the game.

James Madison: The Dukes clearly saw this as their bowl game because of the rules that prevent them from winning a title or playing in a bowl.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY

Costal’s stay in the AP top 25, like James Madison’s before, would only last one game. The Chants were ranked last week when their game against Virginia was canceled.

FURTHER

The Chanticleers will face either Troy or South Alabama in the league championship game next Saturday.

The Dukes’ season ended due to their move to the FBS.

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