UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond football team fell to the No. 6/8 Towson Tigers, 48-32, Saturday afternoon in a sold out Robins Stadium.
The loss drops the Spiders to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the CAA, while the Tigers improved to 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in the league.
QB Michael Strauss led the Spider offense to 455 total yards. The redshirt junior completed 28-of-38 passes with two touchdowns. WR Stephen Barnette collected his fifth-career 100-yard game and third of the season as he led the receiving corps with 148 yards off 11 catches. WR Shane Savage set Richmond bests with nine catches for 63 yards.
After falling behind by an early Tiger touchdown, the Spiders responded, pushing the ball up field 79 yards and found the end zone off a 10-yard pass to Savage from Strauss with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. The score marked the first touchdown as a Spider for Savage, who transferred from Cornell prior to the season.
Trailing 13-6 six minutes into the second quarter, Richmond quickly found the end zone off a six-yard touchdown run by QB David Broadus. Broadus, making his first appearance in six games, scored his first career touchdown to make it a one-point ball game.
Despite falling behind two touchdowns, the Spiders ended the half with an eight-play scoring drive for 75 yards. Strauss found WR Rashad Ponder for 11 yards to shorten the Tiger lead to 27-18.
With 15 second left in the second quarter, DB Reggie Barnette extended Richmond’s interception streak to 18-straight games with at least one pick.
In the first half, Strauss led the offense to 209 passing yards thanks to Stephen Barnette’s 122 yards in two quarters. Strauss completed 18-of-25 passes with two touchdowns, while Stephen Barnette caught nine passes with a long of 37. Towson edged the Spiders 311-280 in total yards with the help of 179 yards rushing.
On the first possession of the second half, Towson moved the ball all the way up to the Richmond one-yard line, but Reggie Barnette was there to force the first fumble of his career and LB Eric Wright recovered for the Spiders to prevent the Tiger score.
The Spiders will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 2 when they host CAA-newcomer Albany at 4 p.m.