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North Carolina Central Eagles (9-3)


James Madison unanimous No. 1 in STATS FCS Top 25

(STATS) - While a coach usually downplays his team being ranked No. 1 in the preseason and regular season, James Madison's Mike Houston is now embracing the significant designation.

His Dukes were a unanimous No. 1 in the STATS FCS Top 25 on Monday, two days after defeating Youngstown State 28-14 to win the second FCS national title in school history.

"You're the best team in the nation. At the beginning of the year every college football program in the country has this goal," said Houston, whose squad finished 14-1 in his first season coaching James Madison.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: M. Bell2431
Passing TDs: M. Bell17
Rushing Yards: R. Simpson632
Rushing TDs: M. Bell9
Receiving Yards: L. Smith728
Receiving TDs: L. Smith5
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2016
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 at Duke L 6 - 49
9/10 at Western Michigan L 21 - 70
9/17 vs. St. Augustine's College W 65 - 7
9/24 at Norfolk State W 34 - 31
10/1 at Bethune-Cookman W 31 - 14
10/8 vs. Florida A&M W 17 - 13
10/15 vs. Savannah State W 33 - 3
10/22 at Morgan State W 21 - 17
11/5 at Delaware State W 38 - 19
11/12 vs. Howard W 30 - 21
11/19 vs. North Carolina A&T W 42 - 21
12/17 at Grambling State L 9 - 10
Mid-Eastern Athletic
  Conference Overall
22 North Carolina Central 8-0 9-3
20 North Carolina A&T 7-1 9-3
Hampton 5-3 5-6
South Carolina State 5-3 5-6
Bethune-Cookman 4-4 4-6
Florida A&M 4-4 4-7
Norfolk State 3-5 4-7
Savannah State 3-5 3-7
Morgan State 3-5 3-8
Howard 2-6 2-9
Delaware State 0-8 0-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4614 (38)
Passing Yards: 2680 (41)
Rushing Yards: 1934 (43)
Points per game: 28.9 (44)
Yards per game: 384.5 (61)
Touchdowns: 42 (36)
Field Goals: 11 (55)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4078 (41)
Passing Yards: 2130 (32)
Rushing Yards: 1948 (72)
Points per game: 22.9 (28)
Yards per game: 339.8 (25)
Touchdowns: 35 (50)
Field Goals: 7 (31)
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