TOWSON, Md - The University of Richmond football team has won more games in a row than any other Division I team in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Spiders beat Towson University 42-14 Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium for their 17th-consecutive victory.

"It feels really good to come out with a victory on the road against a very scrappy Towson team," Richmond head coach Mike London said.

The Tigers hung with the Spiders during the first half, and actually had a lead early during the third quarter, but Richmond answered with 22 unanswered points in 2 minutes and 33 seconds to put the game away.

"In the first half, we missed two interceptions," London said. "We dropped two balls. In that scenario, maybe you're up two touchdowns.

"There was no yelling and screaming in the locker room. [We said], 'Let's execute.'"

Towson head coach Rob Ambrose said he was proud of his team's effort, but the Tigers' small mistakes were maginfied because of the quality of their opponent.

"For two and a half quarters, we were doing what everyone in the country thought was completely and utterly impossible," Ambrose said. "We made some critical errors; slight errors that become major errors when you're playing the No. 1 team in the country."

Richmond freshman fullback Kendall Gaskins ran for two touchdowns and caught one more, scoring three times for the first time during his career. Senior running back Justin Forte ran for more than 100 yards for the second-straight week, finishing the day with 121 yards and a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Eric Ward completed 11 of 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver Donte Boston led the Spiders with 74 yards receiving. Senior tight end William Bischoff also caught his first career touchdown pass to start the scoring for Richmond.

On defense, sophomore defensive back Tremayne Graham scored his first career touchdown on a 32-yard interception return to cap the Spiders' 22-point blitz in the third quarter. Junior linebacker Eric McBride led the team with 11 tackles and a forced fumble.

The Spiders are now 8-0 this season and 6-0 in the Colonial Athletic Assocition. Towson falls to 2-6 and 1-4 in the CAA with the loss. Richmond has now won a school-record 11 consecutive road games.

The Spiders will return to action at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday when they face CAA South rival No. 4 Villanova University on Homecoming at UR Stadium.

Contact staff writer Reilly Moore at reilly.moore@richmond.edu