LEXINGTON, Va. - Richmond Football rolled to its second-straight win with a 47-6 rout of VMI on Saturday at the Keydets' Foster Stadium. Sophomore kicker Remington Hinshaw set a pair of school records with four field goals and 17 points scored in the win, while junior WR Ben Edwards also aided in the offensive onslaught with a career-high 11 receptions and 122 yards.
The Spiders (2-1) opened the game in a big way as sophomore DB Justin Grant returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard score to put Richmond up 7-0 just 11 seconds into the game. The touchdown return was Richmond's first on a kickoff score in three seasons.
On the Spiders' ensuing drive, senior QB John Laub would connect with one of his favorite targets in Edwards, who continued his strong start to the season with a pair of receptions totaling 44 yards that would ultimately lead to Hinshaw's first of four field goals on the afternoon (30 yards).
The Keydets (1-2) would strike first in the second quarter on sophomore Jabari Turner's 1-yard run to pull VMI within 10-6 at the 11:52 mark. The score would stand as the team's lone touchdown in the loss.
Richmond would capitalize on a Keydet turnover in the closing minutes of the second quarter when redshirt junior DL Kerry Wynn recovered a Derrick Ziglar fumble at the 23-yard line. Laub would connect with senior FB Kendall Gaskins on an 11-yard one-handed snag before a pair of carries by redshirt junior RB Jovan Smith drew the Spiders to the Keydet 7-yard line. Hinshaw would close out the drive from there with a 24-yard field goal.
In what was a busy first half for Hinshaw, the second-year kicker would return to the field to send the Spiders into intermission with a career-long tying 37-yard field goal as time expired.
Richmond wasted little time in reaching the end zone in the second half on the heels of senior DB Cooper Taylor's interception of junior Eric Kordenbrock's pass near midfield. After Laub hit Edwards for a 12-yard haul at the VMI 29, he then kept the ball on a pair of rushes for 17 yards and finished out the drive with a 4-yard toss to redshirt senior TE Kevin Finney to extend the Spider lead to 23-6.
Laub continued to light it up on the ensuing drive. After Edwards snagged a 13-yard grab to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career, Laub would then complete five of his next six passes to set himself up for a 14-yard touchdown run. The score represented the Spider starter's second-career rushing touchdown.
Comfortably ahead 30-6 now, the Spiders effectively employed the wildcat on the first play of their following drive as Smith took the snap and sliced his way through the Keydet defense for a 50-yard touchdown run down the right side of the field.
The onslaught was sustained in the closing minutes of the quarter, with the Spider defense now seeking a piece of the scoring action as Taylor skied for his second interception of the game and returned the ball for a 35-yard score to put Richmond ahead, 44-6, with just under a minute remaining in the third.
Following Hinshaw's career days in the first two weeks of the season, he would do himself one better by setting a pair of school records in a single play in what would be the Spiders' final score of the game. The stellar sophomore split the uprights for a 22-yard field goal at the 7:50 mark to put himself atop the program annals with four field goals and 17 points scored kicking.
Laub finished the day with a career-high 23 completions on 31 attempts for 213 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for a career-best 44 yards in the win, while redshirt sophomore QB Michael Strauss entered in the fourth quarter to turn in a 5-of-7, 46-yard effort that led to Hinshaw's fourth and final field goal.
Kordenbrock went 23-of-32 with 146 passing yards and a pair of interceptions in the Keydets' second setback of the season.
Edwards hauled in career highs with 11 receptions for 122 yards to go with a 25-yard run, while sophomore WRStephen Barnette finished with five catches for 42 yards.
Smith led the Spiders with 11 carries for 94 yards that included his third-quarter score, and freshman RB Jacobi Green finished with seven rushes for 29 yards.
Defensively, redshirt senior LB Darius McMillan turned in a team-high six tackles with a pass breakup. Taylor recorded five tackles to go with his two interceptions, while redshirt junior DL Kerry Wynn had four stops to supplement his second fumble recovery in as many weeks. Redshirt sophomore DL Evan Kelly had five stops that included one tackle for a loss of two yards, and a pair of Spiders in redshirt sophomores DeShawn Holmes and Eric Wright each tallied five tackles as well.
Hinshaw highlighted the Spider special teams effort with his school-record showing on Saturday, nailing four of five field goals and all five PATs. Grant finished the afternoon with a touchdown and 116 overall yards on his two kickoff returns.
Richmond continues its 2012 campaign when it travels to Atlanta for a matchup with Georgia State on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.