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Starke field goal wins playoff game for JMU

Former Comets kicker Cameron Starke continued a solid season for James Madison University on Saturday, connecting on a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Dukes a 20-17 win over Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Starke’s game-winning kick came after James Madison converted a fourth and two yards to go situation from the Eastern Kentucky 43-yard line with 1:34 remaining and the game tied 17-17.

The Dukes drove to the Eastern Kentucky 19-yard line with one second remaining, and Starke hit the game-winner after the Colonels had called two timeouts in an attempt to ice the kicker.

Starke, a redshirt sophomore, hit two of three field goals for the game, hitting a 21-yard attempt in the third quarter and barely missing a 36-yard attempt, also in the third quarter.

For the season, Starke has hit 15 of 19 field goal attempts (78.9 percent), with a long of 44 yards against Richmond.

He has hit six of seven attempts from 20-29 yards, seven of eight from 30-39 yards, and two of three field goal attempts from 40-49 yards.

Starke has hit 32 of 33 extra point attempts, giving him 77 points for the season thus far, one off the current leader, running back Dae’Quan Scott.

Starke also is the primary kickoff specialist for JMU, kicking off 41 times for 2,311 yards, an average of 56.4 yards a kickoff.