The University of Richmond football team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday evening, 45-43, to the University of New Hampshire.
There was no apologizing after Duke just like there wasn't any after defeating Wagner. Nor was there any apologies given after Richmond hung on during the fourth quarter to defeat Virginia Military Institute. But Saturday's 45-43 loss against the University of New Hampshire, Richmond's season-long issues finally proved to be too much. The problems that hurt Richmond throughout the year -- interceptions, fumbles and a depleted defense -- all presented themselves.
The University of Richmond football team staged a fourth-quarter comeback, but its second-quarter mistakes were too much to overcome. In the first Colonial Athletic Association conference game for each team, the University of New Hampshire defeated the Spiders, 45-43, Saturday night at Robins Stadium. The Wildcats outscored Richmond, 28-10, in the second quarter thanks mostly to Spider mistakes.
Final -- Richmond takes its first loss of the season, with New Hampshire winning, 45-43. ____________ 4th Quarter, 0:26 -- Richmond initially looked like they recovered the onside kick, but a New Hampshire player comes up with the ball.
The first part of the season is done and Richmond has gone 3-0. Although the record is pristine, three quarters, two key injuries and one major problem have put a damper on the team's future. But, as interim coach Wayne Lineburg said following his team's 21-6 victory over Wagner College last weekend, there's no apologizing for a win. With that said, let's go over the positives, negatives and down-right brutal from Richmond's now-finished out-of-conference schedule. The positives: ? Any mention of what has gone right so far this year has to start with Richmond's win at Duke to start the season.
In a game influenced heavily by each teams' special teams units, the University of Richmond football team edged Virginia Military Institute, 34-19, thanks to a dominating first-half performance by the Spiders. The special teams unit for Richmond was a story of the "good" and the "bad." The "good" came in the first-half, beginning very early in the game.
The scoreboard read 7-3 at the end of the first half in favor of the University of Richmond over Wagner College Saturday night, but the feeling of the game was very different from the score. Five first-half turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) prevented Richmond from capitalizing on its 229 yards of offense.
Overcoming five first-half turnovers, the University of Richmond football team ran away with the game in the second half, defeating Wagner College, 21-6, in the inaugural night game at Robins Stadium Saturday. Holding a slim 7-3 lead at the end of the first half because of the three lost fumbles and two interceptions, the Spiders outscored the Seahawks 14-3 during the final two quarters.
4th Quarter, 1:31- Spiders go for it again on 4th down, this time needing to pick up 5 yards, but are unsuccessful this time around, turning the ball over to the Wagner offense. 4th Quarter, 3:35- Spiders go for it on 4th and 1 near the Wagner redzone and Gaskins bursts through a hole down the middle to pick up the first down. 4th Quarter, 6:39- Surprisingly, Richmond continuing to throw the ball.
Richmond's first home football game of the season is Saturday. What do you plan on wearing? Will you dress up in pearls and a sundress or pinstripe shorts and Ray-bans? Or will you show your school spirit in a red and blue ensemble with a temporary spider tattoo emblazoned on your cheek? If you're like me, and grew up in the South, you'll probably wear something nicer to Saturday's football game than you've worn all school year.
DURHAM, N.C. ? Let's be clear here: Richmond could have lost its season opener -- and maybe should have lost it.
DURHAM, N.C. ? They came to Durham, N.C., Saturday night with a new head coach, several new faces on defense and a plethora of doubters.
The kick falls short and that gives the Spiders the victory, 23-21, their first over an FBS opponent since 2009, also Duke. With 5 seconds left, Duke looks to line up for a 60-yard field goal attempt. The punt rolls out of bounds at Duke's 37.
First, there was Dave Clawson. Then, when Clawson left before the 2008 season to coach at the University of Tennessee, in came Mike London who helped lead the University of Richmond to its first football National Championship in 2008. After a successful 2009 season, London left for the head coaching job at the University of Virginia and in stepped Latrell Scott, just 34 years old at the time.