The Collegian
Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Richmond football earns playoff spot for third straight season

<p>Senior receiver Brian Brown finished the regular season ranked fifth in the nation in receiving yards.&nbsp;</p>

Senior receiver Brian Brown finished the regular season ranked fifth in the nation in receiving yards. 

The Richmond Spiders will host North Carolina A&T next Saturday, Nov. 26, at Robins Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs. 

The Spiders, who lost to William & Mary in the regular-season finale Saturday, finished 8–3 and 5–3 in the CAA, which put three other teams into the playoffs. James Madison earned the fourth seed and a bye week, while Villanova and New Hampshire will both play next weekend. 

Richmond finished the season with the nation's 13th-best defense and 24th offense. Receiver Brian Brown currently ranks fifth with 1179 receiving yards, and quarterback Kyle Lauletta sits at eighth in the country with just more than 3,000 passing yards. 

In all likelihood, the Spiders will be without Lauletta for the rest of the season after he suffered what coach Danny Rocco surmised to be a torn ACL in Saturday's loss. The Spiders will choose between LSU transfer Jake Clise and freshman Reid Chenault to fill Lauletta's spot. 

Neither found success in their combined two-and-a-half quarters of playing time against William & Mary, completing just one pass between the both of them. 

The Spiders will need to find an answer for NC A&T's Tarik Cohen, who ranks second in the FCS with 1518 rushing yards. Richmond allowed the Tribe's Kendell Anderson to gain 219 rushing yards and two touchdowns on Saturday. 

An update on Lauletta's injury will come when it is available. 

Contact editor-in-chief Charlie Broaddus at

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