UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders football team downed the Albany Great Danes, 27-10, on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at a sold-out Robins Stadium.
With the win, the Spiders improve to 3-6 on the season and 1-4 in the CAA. The Great Danes drop to 1-7 overall and remain winless in the conference with five losses.
QB Michael Strauss paced the Richmond offense to 508 total yards. The redshirt junior completed 25-of-39 passes with a touchdown. FB Seth Fisher had a career day with 89 yards off 18 carries and a touchdown, setting career-highs in all categories. WR Ben Edwards led the receivers with 83 yards on nine catches.
After falling behind by an early Albany touchdown, the Spiders cut the lead to 7-3 on a 43-yard field goal from K Brandon Jordi to cap off the first quarter.
The Spiders made it a one-point ball game when Jordi connected on his second field goal of the game, a 20-yarder at the 7:59 mark of the second quarter.
LB Walt Sparks forced his second-career fumble on Albany’s next possession to give Richmond the ball back on the Great Danes’ 40-yard line, which led to a Spider touchdown.
Richmond took its first lead of the game on a three-yard rush from FB Seth Fisher with four minutes left in the second quarter. The Spiders connected on a two-point conversion on a Strauss pass to OL Thomas Evans to give Richmond the 14-10 lead.
After an Albany 24-yard field goal, Jordi put three more points on the board with a 48-yard field goal, which set a new career long for the newcomer. The two teams went into half time with Richmond leading 17-10.
In the first, Strauss led the offense to 194 passing yards as he completed 15-of-25 passes. Edwards led the receiving corps with 60 yards off six catches. The Spiders outgained the Great Danes, 270-212, in total yards.
After a scoreless third quarter, Richmond pushed its lead to 24-10 with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Strauss to WR Rashad Ponder - his second straight week with a touchdown catch. The Spiders pushed the ball up field 94 yards off of 10 plays in the drive.
Following a DB Mylon Blueford interception with seven minutes to play to extend Richmond’s streak to 19 games with a pick, Jordi connected on his fourth field goal of the game, a 30-yarder that put the Spiders up 27-10. His four field goals tie the school record for most in a game.
The Spiders will be back in action next Saturday, Nov. 9 when they travel to CAA-foe Stony Brook. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.