William and Mary tops Richmond, claims Capital Cup

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Richmond and William and Mary renewed their rivalry on the gridiron on Saturday afternoon in their annual battle for the Capital Cup.  Despite the Spiders still searching for their first CAA win and the Tribe falling short of preseason conference favorite expectations, the game proved to be one of the best that this series has ever seen.

Brent Caprio hit Nolan Kearney for a two yard touchdown strike with two seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Tribe the 25-23 victory over Richmond.  Jonathan Grimes got the scoring started with a 20 yard TD scamper in the first, but Richmond would answer.  Reggie Barnette picked off Caprio, and on the very next play, Aaron Corp found Ben Edwards for a 32 yard score, and Richmond took an 8-7 lead after a two point conversion.  William and Mary answered back when Caprio found D.J. Mangas from 17 yards out to give the Tribe a 13-8 lead after a missed two point try, and it would hold a 13-11 lead at halftime.

The third quarter saw Jimmye Laycock's team extend its lead, as Caprio's QB sneak put the Tribe in front, 19-11, after a missed PAT.  Richmond, however, would not roll over.  Kendall Gaskins scored on a six yard rush to cut the lead to 19-17 (failed two point conversion try) and after the Spider defense forced a punt, found the endzone again from two yards out to give Richmond the 23-19 lead (another failed two point try followed that score as well).

William and Mary took the ball with 4:35 remaining in the game and on its own 26 yard line, but Caprio and Grimes led the Tribe down the field, reaching the redzone with less than a minute to play.  With six seconds remaining, William and Mary faced 4th and 2, when Caprio dropped back and found Kearney in the endzone for the game-winning score.

This marks the second straight year the Tribe has earned the Capital Cup.  Grimes was named MVP of the game with a 205 yard rushing effort on 39 carries.  It marked his third straight game of eclipsing the 200 rushing yard mark.  Caprio completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for two scores and an interception.  On the Richmond side, Corp was 22-of-31 for 196 yards and a touchdown, while Tre Gray pulled down ten catches for 84 yards.

William and Mary finished with a 5-6 overall record, 3-5 in CAA play, while Richmond wrapped up 3-8, 0-8 in the conference.

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