Spiders lose in final minute to New Hampshire

Spiders lose in final minute to New Hampshire

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The No. 17/18 Richmond football team was edged by the No. 7/8 New Hampshire Wildcats, 29-26, Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 8,404 at Robins Stadium on Family Weekend.

The Spiders fell to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the CAA, while the Wildcats improved to 2-1, and 1-0 in the conference.

"The game was back and forth," Richmond head coach Danny Rocco remarked following the game.  "I had a sense that it would be a little lower scoring than what most people might have thought. Both defenses rose up to the occasion at times in the game. I think the biggest thing for us was the inability to take away the ball."

Despite the loss, Richmond outgained UNH, 469-461, in total yards, including 348-247 in passing yards. QB Michael Strauss led the offense with 344 yards on 27-of-35 passes, while QB Michael Rocco picked up seven yards rushing on five attempts and a touchdown.

WR Brian Brown had a career day as he led the receiving corps with 139 yards on 12 receptions for his third-career 100-yard game. WR Rashad Ponder also collected his third 100-yard game on his career as he followed with 109 yards on seven receptions. RB Seth Fisher led the Spiders in rushing with 60 yards on a game-high 16 carries.

After its bye week this coming week, the Spiders will be back in action when it travels to Lynchburg, Va., to take on the Liberty Flames Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

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