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In-Game Blog: Richmond vs Massachusetts

4th Quarter, 0:00- The game comes to a close on a three-yard loss by Turner. UMass hands the Spiders their fifth straight loss, 28-7.

4th Quarter, 0:20- Gray returns the UMass punt to near midfield as the game approaches its end.

4th Quarter, 2:49- Laub gets sacked twice in three plays, forcing a Spiders punt which is fair caught at the UMass 29.

4th Quarter, 3:58- Impressive one-handed catch by Finney on a lob pass from Laub. Another frustration penalty by an offensive lineman gives Richmond a 1st and 25 on its own 45.

4th Quarter, 4:42- Minutemen punt goes into the end zone for the touchback, giving the Spiders the ball on the 20.

4th Quarter, 5:30- Richmond cornerback Tremayne Graham is down with an injury in the end zone.

4th Quarter, 5:38- Laub runs to near a first down, but the ball gets knocked out of his hands at the end of the run. UMass recovers at the UR 37.

4th Quarter, 6:32- Frustration starting to kick in for Richmond, as offensive lineman Jacob Ruby draws a 15-yard personal foul penalty after a play.

4th Quarter, 6:55- First completion by Laub goes for 19 yards to receiver Stephen Barnette.

4th Quarter, 8:27- Impressive goal line stand by the Spiders defense, keeping UMass out of the endzone from one yard out on three consecutive plays. Turnover on downs gives the Richmond the ball back inside its own 1-yard line.

4th Quarter, 10:28- Laub is struggling, missing a pair of open receivers on the drive. The snap on the punt is muffed and punter Nick Hicks just falls on it. UMass takes over at the UR 4-yard line.

4th Quarter, 10:48- UMass also sends in its backup quarterback, and he is unable to garner a first down. After the punt, Richmond takes over at its own 21-yard line.

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4th Quarter, 12:38- Corp's exit appears to be injury-related as he headed into the locker room with members of the training staff.

4th Quarter, 12:46- Edwards gets rocked by a UMass defender as the pass got to him and drops the ball, bringing up a 4th and 10. Laub tries to run for it, but comes up well short, turning the ball over to the Minutemen at the UMass 28.

4th Quarter, 13:06- Backup quarterback John Laub has come into the game, replacing Corp.

4th Quarter, 13:35- Third down completion comes up two yards short, but Gray makes a great catch on fourth down to move the chains.

3rd Quarter, 0:00- The quarter comes to a close on an incomplete pass. The Minutemen lead big in this one, 28-7.

3rd Quarter, 0:28- NFL-caliber throw by Corp, as he hits Gray in stride near the far sideline to get the ball out to the UMass 48.

3rd Quarter, 1:36- Richmond receiver Ben Edwards runs over a defensive back, much to the crowd's delight, to pick up a first down.

3rd Quarter, 1:43- Defense forces a field goal attempt and UMass kicker Brandon Yelovich missed the 21-yarder wide right. By rule, Richmond takes over from its own 20.

3rd Quarter, 3:39- Odd penalty as a UR defensive lineman kicks the ball while it was set. Called a delay of game. UMass has the ball first and goal from the 5.

3rd Quarter, 5:20- Minutemen keeping their foot on the pedal, continuing to throw the ball with success. Long pass brings them past midfield to the 44.

3rd Quarter, 5:28-The coaching staff realizes the clock is already against Richmond, going for it on 4th and 6, but Corp gets sacked on the play, turning the ball over on downs at the UMass 30.

3rd Quarter, 7:06- Corp nearly intercepted again, but defender drops the ball. Richmond putting together a decent drive. They have the ball on the UMass 26.

3rd Quarter, 10:06- Nice return by Wayne Pettus gives the offense the ball on its own 38.

3rd Quarter, 10:13- Hernandez runs through the defense for a 14-yard touchdown, his third score of the game. Extra point increases UMass's lead to 28-7.

3rd Quarter, 10:47- Rare drop by Gray comes at a bad time. He had no defenders between him and the end zone and Corp put it right on the money. One play later, Corp throws deep for Gray and is again intercepted. The defender returns it back to the UR 20.

3rd Quarter, 12:03- Gray gets the offense out from its own end zone, making a first down catch out the the UR 18.

3rd Quarter, 13:32- Defense limits the damage, allowing only three yards on three plays. UMass punts the ball out of bounds at the Richmond 5-yard line.

3rd Quarter, 14:48- Not a good start, as Corp's first pass is intercepted, giving UMass the ball on the UR 38. That's Corps's third of the game.

3rd Quarter, 14:53- Late activity on the kickoff and UMass gets called for a 15-yard penalty. Richmond starts the drive on its own 36.

Halftime- Richmond needs to build on that second quarter if it hopes to come back in this one. The first quarter was a painful one for Spider fans to watch, but the team is showing some resilience. This game isn't even about playoffs any more. A lot of these guys are playing for their positions next season with the coaching position possibly in flux.

2nd Quarter, 0:00- Richmond runs out the clock to end the half. Score: UMass 21, UR 7.

2nd Quarter, 0:42- Big stand for the Richmond defense. Pressure from safety Colin Pehanick forces a poor throw by UMass that lands on the field. Spiders take over on the 2.

2nd Quarter, 0:45- Richmond defense nearly comes up with a fumble recovery on the goal line, but UMass comes up with the ball. They take a timeout to mull over what they want to do on 4th and goal from two yards out.

2nd Quarter, 3:13- Spoke too soon. Corp's pass goes straight to a Minutemen defensive back. The interception is returned to the UR 19.

2nd Quarter, 3:26- Momentum starting to shift, as Richmond defense forces a three and out. Gray falls on the short punt to give the offense the ball on the UR 35.

2nd Quarter, 4:05- Short kickoff gives UMass the ball on its own 40 to start the drive.

2nd Quarter, 4:11- Spiders show signs of life, as Corp finds Gray open in the end zone for the six-yard score. Crowd sarcastically cheers as kicker Wil Kamin's extra point is good. Richmond cuts into the Minutemen lead, which now stands at 21-7.

2nd Quarter, 4:15- Ball gets moved up to the 6-yard line after a roughing-the-passer penalty. First and goal Spiders.

2nd Quarter, 4:48- Best drive of the game for the Spiders. They're out to the UMass 12 after a catch by receiver Tre Gray.

2nd Quarter, 6:26- Spiders elect to go for it on 4th and 2 from midfield, and the move pays off as Corp finds tight end Kevin Finney open past the marker.

2nd Quarter, 9:10- This UMass defense is a well-coached group. They are all getting their hands up on passes and have tipped multiple passes so far. It is clearly frustrating Corp.

2nd Quarter, 10:26- Defense doesn't capitalize on a big opportunity, as two defensive backs run into each other fighting over an easy interception. They get a break though, as UMass misses a short field goal attempt. Spiders take over on their own 20.

2nd Quarter, 12:07- Ball now on the UR 19 after a long run by Hernandez and a couple short completions.

2nd Quarter, 14:49- Incomplete pass to start the quarter forces a Richmond punt. UMass takes over on its own 41.

1st Quarter, 0:00- First quarter comes to a close with Richmond facing a 3rd and 8 from its 26. That quarter was all UMass from start to finish.

1st Quarter, 1:21- Richmond begins its next drive from its own 24.

1st Quarter, 1:26- Hernandez continues to run at will, scoring his second touchdown of the game from one yard out, giving UMass the 21-0 lead. The already scant Richmond crowd is starting to thin even more.

1st Quarter, 2:29- Corp throws a lob pass that is tipped by one defender and intercepted by another. UMass returns the pick to the UR 18.

1st Quarter, 3:43- Richmond fullback Kendall Gaskins gives his team its first first down of the game with an 11-yard run.

1st Quarter, 3:50- Defense stands strong on 3rd and 3, forcing a UMass punt. Spiders take over on their own 14-yard line.

1st Quarter, 5:17- Richmond's whole team just looks a little off so far, and UMass is taking advantage. Two of UR QB Aaron Corp's passes are knocked down and the Spiders are again forced to punt. Minutemen start the drive from around midfield.

1st Quarter, 6:04- No onside kick here, and return man Wayne Pettus returns the ball out to Richmond's 27.

1st Quarter, 6:09- UMass scores on a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kellen Pagel to receiver Jess Julmiste. Richmond corner Darryl Hamilton broke on the pass, nearly intercepting the ball, but missed the ball completely, allowing Julmiste to catch the ball with no defenders left between him and the end zone. UMass goes up 14-0.

1st Quarter, 8:55- Nothing comes of the possession and Richmond is forced to punt, giving the ball back to UMass on its own 48-yard line.

1st Quarter, 9:51- After a sack, UMass goes for it on 4th and 13, but the pass lands incomplete. Richmond offense come out onto the field for the first time today, beginning on its own 26.

1st Quarter, 11:37- Cooper Taylor down on the field with an injury. Looks like he may have twisted his ankle trying to make a tackle on a cutting receiver. UMass ball, 1st and 10 on the UR 22.

1st Quarter, 12:10- Surprise onside kick by UMass and the Minutemen recover, giving the offense the ball back on its own 43.

1st Quarter, 12:11- Minutemen running back Jonathan Hernandez runs in for a two-yard touchdown, putting UMass ahead early, 7-0.

1st Quarter, 13:29- UMass offense looking strong early, as they're already down inside the Spiders' red zone.

1st Quarter, 14:55- Minutemen start with the ball, returning the kickoff to their own 35.

Pregame- Cold, windy, rainy day here in Richmond as the Spiders get set to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen in Robins Stadium. This is Richmond's earliest start time of the season, so we'll see if that makes any difference in play as the Spiders try to turn things around on their current four-game losing streak.

Contact staff writer David Weissman at david.weissman@richmond.edu

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