Elon, NC - The No. 16/17 Richmond football team cruised past the Elon Phoenix, 30-10, in CAA action Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium. With the win, the Spiders improve to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAA.
Elon (1-7, 0-4) could not overcome the Spider defense as Richmond collected a season-high seven sacks to hold the Phoenix to just 141 total yards. DL Justin Williamson led the Spiders with six tackles, two sacks and three TFL, while DLEvan Kelly picked up five tackles and two sacks.
Offensively, Richmond outgained Elon, 499-141, in total yards and went 3-for-3 in the red zone with all three touchdowns rushing attempts. QB Michael Rocco led the Spiders with 296 yards off 21-of-33 passes and a long of 42 yards. RB Jacobi Green led the running backs with 86 yards off 13 attempts and a touchdown, while WR Reggie Diggs six receivers with 93 yards on seven catches.
The Spiders didn't waste any time finding the end zone as they went up 7-0 in just two minutes into the game. After a 30-yard kick return from RB Jeremiah Hamlin, Green flew down the right sideline for a 39-yard touchdown rush on the fourth play of the day.
After two field goals from K Peter Yoder, the Spiders got in scoring position thanks to Green, who caught a deflected pass from Rocco and rolled over an Elon defender to pick up a career-long 42-yard reception. Five plays later, Fisher found the end zone off a two-yard rush to give Richmond the 20-3 lead at the half.
Outgaining the Phoenix, 326-54, in total yards, Richmond held Elon to minus two yards in rushing and picked up six sacks in the first 30 minutes. LB DeShawn Holmes and Kelly ended the half with two sacks each, while Holmes forced his second-career fumble.
Rocco led the offense to 326 total yards as he threw for 216 yards on 15-of-23 completions. Diggs led the receiving corps with seven catches, five of which came in the first quarter, for 93 yards.
After a 42-yard field goal from Yoder with 2:28 left in the third, Richmond closed out the quarter with LB Aaron Roane picking off the Elon QB John Loughery on the Spiders' 14-yard line. Roane's pick marks his third-straight game with an interception.
With three minutes remaining, the Spiders capped off the scoring drive with a three-yard rush from WR Porter Abellfor the redshirt-freshman's first-career rushing touchdown. The seven points concluded Richmond's 16-play, 98-yard drive that lasted 9:38.
Elon scored its lone touchdown of the game with just 51 seconds left, but it was not enough to overcome the Spiders who sealed the victory.
Richmond will return to Robins Stadium to host No. 4/5 Villanova Saturday, Nov. 1 at 12 p.m.