|2012 Gameday Central - Week Four: at Georgia State|
|Who||Richmond Spiders (2-1, 0-0) vs. Georgia State Panthers (0-3, 0-0)|
|When||Saturday, September 22 - 3:30 PM|
|Where||Atlanta, Ga. | Weather | Tailgating|
|Venue||Georgia Dome | Tickets | Seating Map | Directions & Parking|
|Radio||ESPN 950 AM | WOLF 93.1 FM | RichmondSpiders.com|
|Game Notes||Richmond | Georgia State | CAA|
|Pregame Media||Coach Rocco CAA Teleconference | Coach Rocco Press Conference
Coach Curry CAA Teleconference
|Social Media||Twitter | Facebook
Spiders Look to Extend CAA Road-Opener Streak
Heading into Saturday's game in Atlanta, the Richmond Spiders have won their past four CAA conference openers when starting the league slate on the road. Also of note, Richmond has played 1,170 games in its 129-year history to date and Saturday's contest will be the first-ever played in Atlanta.
Rocco Impressive in League Openers
During his six seasons at Liberty, Spiders head coach Danny Rocco posted an impressive record of 5-1 in conference openers. When opening the league schedule on the road, Rocco's teams are 4-0.
Taylor Named CAA Defensive Player of the Week
After recording five tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown against VMI, senior DB Cooper Taylor was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week on September 17. In the Spiders' 47-6 win at VMI, Taylor was everywhere on the field, helping limit the Keydets to just 197 yards of total offense. Taylor's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown was the first score of his career.
This Date in Spider Football History
On September 22, 1973, the Richmond Spiders defeated VMI in Richmond, 35-0, to improve to 2-0 on the season. During the 1973 season, Richmond stormed out to a 6-0 start, shutting out its first three opponents. The Spiders ended the 1973 campaign 8-2, finishing second in the Southern Conference standings.
Magic Number is 30
The Spiders are 39-4 since 2005 when scoring 30+ points (2-0 in 2012). The only four setbacks over the last five seasons when scoring 30+ came to Appalachian State in the 2007 NCAA Semifinals, 55-35, to then-No. 1 James Madison, 38-31, in 2008, to App State in the 2009 Quarterfinals, 35-31, and to New Hampshire, 45-43, in 2011.
Lights Out When Leading at the Half
Richmond is 50-5 since the start of 2004 when leading at the half. (2-0 in 2012). The four setbacks came in 2006 at No. 1 UNH, in 2004 versus No. 12 Maine, in 2008 versus No. 1 James Madison, to No. 5 Appalachian State in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2010 and to No. 9 Maine in 2011.
Through three games this season, the Richmond Spiders are dominating their opponents in the third quarter, out-scoring them 44-7. Against VMI on September 15, the Spiders ran away from the Keydets scoring 28 unanswered points in the frame.
Hinshaw Sets Pair of School Records Against VMI
Sophomore PK Remington Hinshaw put on a school-record performance against VMI on September 15. Hinshaw set the school mark for most field goals in a game, hitting 4-of-5, including a career-long 37-yard effort. On the day, Hinshaw totaled 17 points, setting the record for most points by a kicker in a single game.
Edwards Has Career Day Versus Keydets
Junior WR Ben Edwards had a career day in the Spiders' 47-6 win over VMI on September 15. Edwards was dynamic in the victory, catching a career-best 11 balls for 122 yards. Edwards racked up 154 all-purpose yards on the day, which included a 25-yard run.
Grant Takes Opening Kick For Six Against VMI
Sophomore DB Justin Grant started the Spiders-VMI game off with some fireworks on September 15, running the opening kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown. The kickoff return for a score was the first of Grant's career and the first for the Spiders since November 14, 2009, when Tremayne Graham returned a kickoff for six points.
Back-to-Back Versus Gardner-Webb and VMI
The Richmond Spiders posted back-to-back games of 40+ points for the first time since September 13 and 20 of the 2008 season (45-14 win over Towson; 44-17 win over Maine). Defensively, the Spiders held their opponents to fewer than 10 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 (13-10 win over JMU on Nov. 6; 15-6 win over Rhode Island on Nov. 13).
Richmond has not lost a non-conference FCS game in the regular season since 2005 and is a spotless 16-0 since then. The last regular season FCS loss was at Lafayette, 7-0, in 2005. Including the Spiders' annual game versus an FBS opponent, Richmond's non-conference regular-season record since 2007 is 14-4 (that includes wins at Duke in 2009 and 2011).