WILLIAMSBURG, Va. ? For the first time since 2006, there won't be any playoff football in Richmond this year. Needing a win against the College of William & Mary to keep its playoff chances alive, the University of Richmond instead lost, 41-3, Saturday evening in Williamsburg, Va. "Well obviously it didn't turn out the way we expected it to," Richmond coach Latrell Scott said.
No. 18 Richmond will travel to No. 6 William & Mary Saturday in need of a win to make its fourth-straight playoff appearance. William & Mary leads the all-time series 59-55-5, but Richmond has won the last five matchups. "For this season, I can say this is the biggest rivalry we are going to have," senior linebacker Eric McBride said.
It might be because I've been listening to Taylor Swift's new album on repeat since it came out, or perhaps it's the fact that I shopped online for wedding dresses yesterday during chapter with my roommate, or maybe it's because the last thing my apartmentmate and I did before bed last night was snuggle into the covers with my laptop on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring, but marriage is definitely in the air this week (and by week I mean the last three years of my life). Don't get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying college, and I have every intention of graduating, going to grad school and working at least two terribly depressing jobs before I finally settle down, but there is definitely something about the notion of having an impeccably clean household with two kiddies running around (Garrett and Leslie, ages 8 and 5 respectively), preparing dinner at 6 p.m.
We've all heard the football coaches say it. In the movies, in the interviews, in the pep talks, "You've got to play hard for 60 minutes." Aside from the obvious mathematical problems the possibility of overtime can present, recent results in some big-time football games seem to suggest this is just typical coachspeak. In many games, one team jumps to a big lead early on and then just coasts through the rest of the game (see last Sunday's Broncos-Chiefs game where the Broncos went up 35-0 midway through the second quarter). Even more prevalent are the games that are pretty close (often ugly games where neither team is playing particularly well) until one team makes a big play late to decide the outcome. With six wins and four losses this season, the University of Richmond's football team is looking to secure a playoff spot this Saturday at the College of William & Mary.
Richmond overcame five turnovers to defeat the University of Rhode Island, 15-6, and keep its playoff hopes alive headed into the season finale against William & Mary. Contact photographer Anna Kuta at email@example.com and photographer Jimmy Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Richmond football seniors earned this win. The Richmond defense kept the Spiders' playoff hopes alive as the Spiders defeated Colonial Athletic Association foe, the University of Rhode Island Rams, 15-6 in a key conference matchup on Saturday Nov.
Opposing quarterbacks may fear being tackled by University of Richmond defensive lineman Martin Parker more than any other player on the team, but the terrorizing tackler describes himself as a teddy bear. "I'm a different kind of football player," Parker said.
Don't look now, but the recent national champions are poised for a playoff run. It wasn't just because the University of Richmond won a virtual elimination game against James Madison University on Saturday evening, but it was also the way the Spiders played that gives hope that their season will continue in December. The biggest change was at the quarterback position.
It may only be the beginning of November, but for the University of Richmond, the remaining three football games all have a December feel to them. With its record at 4-4, the Spiders are one loss away from most likely missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Q: When did you first start playing football? A: "My first team was coached by my dad when I was in third grade." Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far this season? A: "Earning more playing time to help contribute to wins has been one of my biggest accomplishments, along with the game against Coastal Carolina where I scored four rushing touchdowns and had over 100 rushing yards.
An injury-plagued University of Richmond team struggled to move the ball on offense against the defending national champion Villanova University Wildcats in a 28-7 loss on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa. Richmond was determined to run the ball early in the game, but had little success.
The uniforms are the same, the venue is the same and the players are the same. But the way the players play, oh that's different. After struggling to keep up its intensity for a full game during the first four games of the season, the University of Richmond has done just that the past three weeks and has gone 2-1 during those games.