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Corp Has Record Night, But Spiders Edged By Towson
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 10/08/2011
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TOWSON, Md. -- Senior QB Aaron Corp had a record-setting night, but No. 14 Richmond came up short in a 31-28 last-second loss at No. 25 Towson Saturday night.

Corp set the FCS single-game record for completion percentage (min. 30 attempts), making good on 91.2 percent of his passes (31-of-34) for a career-high 353 yards and two touchdowns.   But Towson kicker D.J. Soven hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired to keep the resurgent Tigers (4-1, 2-0) unbeaten in league play.

The victory snapped a three-game skid in the series for Towson, who last beat Richmond in 2007 on a last-second TD pass from former QB Sean Shaffer.

Senior WR Tre Gray had another big game, hauling in 10 catches for 141 yards, while junior FB Kendall Gaskins rushed for 99 yards and his eighth touchdown of the season.

Although Corp completed his first 15 passes of the game and didn't thrown an incompletion until the third quarter, Richmond found itself in a 14-3 hole after a fumble deep in Towson territory ended a good opening drive, and a missed field capped the Spiders' third quality possession.

Gaskins, who has now scored in all six games this season, reached the end zone from five yards out with a minute left in the first half to pull Richmond within 14-10 at the break.

The Spiders (3-3, 0-3) though had another clock-eating possession end on a field goal in the third quarter and Wil Kamin's 23-yarder capped a 16-play, 70-yard drive that bled 8:26 off the clock and made the score 14-13.

Terrence West, who rushed for 128 yards and scored all four of the Tiger touchdowns, gave his team a 21-13 advantage on the first play of the fourth quarter.

West's TD triggered a wild final period in which 32 points were scored.  Corp marched the Spiders downfield and hit Ben Edwards in the end zone for a 12-yard TD pass on third and goal, then found Stephen Barnette for the game-tying two-point conversion with 10:37 left.

Towson answered and West's 25-yard TD run put the home team back, only until Corp led Richmond to the tying score - an eight-yard pass to Barnette - with 2:33 remaining.

Towson had one more answer, converting a critical third-and-12 on the game-winning drive and putting itself in position for the winning field goal with four seconds left.

Edwards had a career-night for the Spiders, making seven catches for 71 yards and TD, while junior TE Kevin Finney had four catches for a career-best 63 yards.

Coming into Saturday, the FCS single-game record for completion percentage (min. 30 attempts) was held by Appalachian State's Richie Williams, who was 40-of-45 (88%) in a 2004 game vs. Furman.  But earlier Saturday, Drake QB Mike Piatkowski completed 90.9 percent (30-of-33) versus Campbell to hold the record briefly.

Richmond out-gained Towson 459-424, held a six-minute advantage on time of possession, was nine-of-12 on third down conversions, did not punt and did not allow a sack.

The Spiders head into their bye this week and are back home Oct. 22 versus Maine on Homecoming.

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