Towson, MD (WWBT)- Aaron Corp was on his game on Saturday night, completing nearly every pass he threw, but when time expired, it would not be enough to halt the up-and-coming Towson Tigers.
Richmond would rally several times to come back, but a 27 yard field goal by D.J. Soven as time expired gave Towson the 31-28 win. It marked the Tigers' first win over Richmond since 2007, as they improved to 4-1, 2-0 in the CAA. Richmond, meanwhile, fell to 3-3, 0-3 in conference play.
Terrence West started the scoring and would eventually rush for all four of Towson's touchdowns, while gaining 128 yards on the ground. The Tigers would open up a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, but Kendall Gaskins scored on a five yard rush to cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime. Gaskins has now scored in every game this season.
A Will Kamen field goal in the third would pull the Spiders to within one, setting up a wild fourth quarter. West scored on the first play of the final frame, giving Towson the 21-13 advantage, but Corp marched his team right back down the field and hit Ben Edwards from 12 yards out for the touchdown, then found Stephen Barnette for the game-tying two point conversion. West answered back with a 25 yard rushing TD, and again Corp countered with a touchdown pass, this one an eight yard strike to Barnette, tying the game at 28.
The home team, however, would have the last laugh. Towson converted on a key 3rd and 12 during the eventual game winning drive and set itself up for Soven's game-winning field goal with four seconds left.
Many Richmond players walked off the field having posted career numbers. Corp set an FCS record for completion percentage, making good on 31-of-34 pass attempts. He also set a career-high with 353 passing yards and two touchdowns. Tre Gray pulled down ten receptions for 141 yards, while Edwards had seven catches for 71 yards and the score.
In a game that marked the polar opposite of last Saturday's loss at JMU, Richmond out-gained Towson 459-424, held a six-minute advantage on time of possession, was nine-of-12 on third down conversions, did not punt and did not allow a sack. Still, it was not enough to earn a victory.
The Spiders have an open date next Saturday before welcoming Maine to Robins Stadium on October 22nd.