Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Last week, Richmond turned the ball over on five consecutive first half possessions, yet still managed to come away with a victory over Wagner. Saturday saw the Spiders hoping for a cleaner performance against in-state foe VMI, and that's exactly what they would get.
Wayne Lineburg's team would capitalize on the Keydets' miscues and roll to a 34-19 win. The Spiders started the scoring when Rodney Barnes stormed through the line and blocked a VMI punt and Ben Edwards picked up the loose ball and returned it 34 yards for the touchdown. Richmond would proceed to make the Keydets pay for their mistakes, scoring 13 points off three VMI fumbles. A pair of field goals made it 13-0, and Aaron Corp hit Tre Gray for a 37 yard touchdown play to extend the lead to 20-0. Gray would find the endzone again to cap off a four play 77 yard drive and Richmond would hold a commanding 27-0 lead at the break. The Spiders would open up that lead to 34-0 in the second half, before some late VMI scoring closed the gap a bit.
Gray finished the night with 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and is averaging 103.3 receiving yards per game so far this season. Corp was 12-of-18 for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
The Spiders improve to 3-0 on the season and will host their third straight game next Saturday. Richmond opens up CAA play against New Hampshire at 3:30 pm.