RICHMOND, SEPT. 22 -- James Madison's new offense promised a more exciting attack this season, but it took a woeful Richmond squad to bring it out yesterday as the Dukes squashed the Spiders, 29-0, at Richmond Stadium.
James Madison still hasn't mastered its new multi-bone set, according to Coach Joe Purzycki, but got a bit closer by amassing 499 total yards on a school-record 96 plays to hand the Spiders (0-3) their 10th straight defeat.
The Dukes (1-2) ran for 332 yards, nothing extraordinary for a Purzycki-coached team, but got 167 yards passing from quarterbacks Eriq Williams and Tom Green, each of whom played roughly a half before a crowd of 7,713.
"It helped us, with this type of offense, to play two of them," Purzycki said. "And we'll continue to."
Green, a junior from Suitland, Md., who transferred to James Madison after semester stints at Arizona State and Maryland, delivered the Dukes from a slow start by directing the team on a 77-yard scoring drive that made it 9-0 just before the half.
The former All-Met selection completed all three of his pass attempts for 67 yards, including tosses of 19- and 37-yards to former Oxon Hill teammate Dwayne Hayes, who finished with a career-best 101 yards receiving on five catches.
"I'm just trying to be patient and to keep the offense going at the pace it's going," said Green, who spelled starter Williams in the second and fourth quarters. "We run so many options and sprint-outs that Eric needs a break now and then."
Hayes repeatedly found an open seam in a pregnable Richmond defense. He hooked up with Williams on a 19-yard reception on the Dukes' opening drive of the second half that ended with a Willie Lanier one-yard run to make the score 16-0.
Lanier, son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Willie Lanier, led the Dukes with 80 yards rushing.
The 6-foot-6 Hayes made two more catches on James Madison's next possession, as the guests made it 22-0 on reserve Joe Sparksman's short scoring run with 56 seconds left in the third.
"Our defense played every snap today," Purzycki said. "We sustained emotion, and we played for three hours. Now we've got a chance. We're not what we want to be yet. But we've got a chance."