Richmond, VA (WWBT)- After being picked to finish sixth in the CAA preseason poll, the Richmond Spiders are just hoping to earn a conference victory and climb out of the cellar. Time is running out to accomplish that feat and the Spiders got no closer on Saturday against Massachusetts.
Richmond turned the ball over six times and could not get anything going offensively in a 28-7 loss to the Minutemen. UMass got out of the gate fast, opening up a 21-0 lead after just one quarter, putting the Spiders in an early hole. Richmond would get on the board when Aaron Corp found Tre Gray for a touchdown late in the second quarter, but that would end up being the only time the Spiders found the scoreboard.
Gray would pull in ten catches for 105 yards and the touchdown, the sixth 100-plus yard receiving game of his career, five of which have come this year. His TD was the 13th touchdown catch of his career, as well.
The loss was not the only bad news for the Spiders. Corp would leave the game in the second half with a hip injury and would not return. Cooper Taylor and Corey Jackson also departed due to various injuries.
Corp would finish the day 22-of-39 for 196 yards and the touchdown, but the four interceptions are what stood out for the senior quarterback Saturday afternoon. The six Richmond turnovers served as a season high.
The Spiders are now 3-5, 0-5 in CAA play, and things don't get any easier next Saturday. Richmond travels to Old Dominion to face the Monarchs, who are making the most of their inaugural CAA season, holding a 4-2 conference mark.