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Quarterback Daniel Smith runs to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown to open the scoring in Villanova's 28-27 win over host James Madison in front of 25,035 spectators Oct. 9 at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg.

Former Tuscarora High School standout Daniel Smith piloted Villanova on three scoring drives in the third quarter to help lift the Wildcats to a 28-27 win over James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association football game Oct. 9 in Harrisonburg.

Smith, a graduate student, completed 16 of 26 passing attempts for 258 yards and a touchdown. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing 27-16 at halftime, Villanova (2-0 in the CAA, 4-1 overall) scored 12 points in the third quarter while its defense posted a shutout in the second half.

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Freshman linebacker Skylar Martin, left, celebrates with his James Madison teammates following a Villanova turnover. Martin was a member of Stone Bridge High School's 2020-2021 state championship team.

James Madison, who entered the game ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I FCS coaches poll, missed two field goals in the fourth quarter. The Dukes slipped to 2-1, 4-1.

Photos by Bill Vocke

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