Elon Pulls Shocking FCS Upset over James Madison After Being Massive Underdog

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Footballs lie on the turf before the game between the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars at Rice Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Elon Phoenix pulled off a stunner and downed FCS No. 2 James Madison 27-24 to snap the Dukes' 19-game home winning streak and 20-game Colonial Athletic Conference winning streak.

The win moved Elon to 4-1 on the season and allowed it to remain undefeated (2-0) in conference play. The Dukes, meanwhile are now 4-2 and 2-1 in CAA competition this season.

According to SB Nation's Jason Kirk, the Phoenix were listed as 39.5-point road underdogs despite being ranked ninth in the FCS coaches poll.

Elon deployed a balanced offensive attack to shock the Dukes. Running back Malcolm Summers paced the Phoenix ground game with 20 carries for 186 yards and a score, while quarterback Davis Cheek threw for 286 yards and a game-winning touchdown to Avery Jones with 1:17 remaining in regulation.

The Dukes took over with a chance to force overtime or win outright, but Phoenix defensive back Connor Christiansen intercepted a Ben DiNucci pass to seal the upset.

Elon will look to build on Saturday's signature win when it travels to Newark for a meeting with the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens on Oct. 13.

The Dukes, on the other hand, will hope to avoid back-to-back losses when they return to the field Oct. 13 for a clash with Villanova.

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