Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Richmond saw career games from quarterback Aaron Corp and wide receiver Tre Gray, but it was not enough to come out on top in a shoot-out with New Hampshire.
The Spiders scored early, fell behind and put together a frantic fourth quarter comeback attempt, but was unable to top New Hampshire in a 45-43 nail-biter. Corp came out firing, completing all five of his pass attempts on the Spiders' first drive, which ended in a one yard TD strike to Stephan Barnette. A field goal made it 10-0, but New Hampshire would take control from there. Kevin Decker hit R.J. Harris for a 19 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10-7. On the ensuing drive, Corp was picked off by Randi Vines, who rumbled his way 60 yards to the endzone to give the Wildcats a 14-10 lead. Richmond would fumble the ensuing kickoff, leading to a Decker rushing touchdown to extend the lead to 21-10. Another field goal and another Corp interception returned for a touchdown would make it 28-13, but Kendall Gaskins would score on a fake field goal to trim the lead to 28-20 at the half.
Decker would rush for a 12 yard touchdown to open up scoring in the third quarter, and Will Kamen hit a field goal for Richmond, putting the score at 35-23. The Spiders would score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter touchdowns, but another connection from Decker to Harris would prove to be the game-winner in the 45-43 victory for New Hampshire.
Corp would end the day 35-of-50 for 351 yards, two TD's and two interceptions. Gray would pull down a career high 16 receptions for 194 yards.