No. 9 Football Completes Comeback to Defeat No. 18 Richmond 23-22

 

No. 9 Football Completes Comeback to Defeat No. 18 Richmond 23-22

RICHMOND, Va. – The No. 9 University of Maine football team scored 23 fourth quarter points to complete a comeback and defeat No. 18 Richmond 23-22 on Saturday afternoon in Richmond, Va. Maine is now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in CAA play while Richmond falls to 3-4 and 0-4 in league play.

Richmond got on the board first as Spiders quarterback Aaron Corp found Stephen Barnette for a six-yard score with 9:46 left in the first quarter. However, Troy Russell (South Plainfield, N.J.) would clock the kick to keep it a 6-0 game.

Corp would extend the lead with 7:54 left in the half when he found Ben Edwards for a six yard score.

The Spiders would make a field goal to take a 16-0 lead at the half.

Maine would eventually have to punt late in the third quarter, but the Spiders would fumble and Jamal Clay (Mahwah, N.J.) would recover to give Maine a short field.

The Black Bears would then get back in the game, as Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) found Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.) for a 16-yard score to cap a 7-play, 34-yard drive.

On the ensuing Spider drive, Richmond would drive into Maine territory, but Trevor Coston (Greenlawn, N.Y.) would strip the ball and recover it.

The Black Bears would trun the ball over, however, and Richmond would score to make it 22-7.

On the ensuing point after, Michael Cole (North Brunswick, N.J.) would block the kick, and Jerron McMillian (Hillside, N.J.) would run it back for two points, making it 22-9 with 13 minutes to play.

The Black Bears would then march 68 yards in 12 plays to make it 22-16 with 9:14 left as David Hood (Galloway, N.J.) rushed it in from five yards.

Maine would force Richmond to punt, and would capitalize as Smith completed an 11 play, 64-yard drive with a one-yard rush to give Maine a 23-22 lead with 3:42 left.

The Spiders would get the ball back, but Maine would hold them.

On the ensuing possession, the Spiders used their timeouts, and Maine could not get a first down, so the Spiders had one more opportunity.

The Spiders had a fourth-and-21 on the Maine 44-yardline, but McMillian would knock down the pass to seal the win.



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