Giant vs. Giant?
Since the 2006 season, the Richmond Spiders have defeated three FBS teams. In 2006, the Spiders shut out Duke, 13-0. Three years later, Richmond again took down Duke, beating the Blue Devils, 24-16. In 2011, the Spiders defeated Duke for the third-straight time, 23-21, in Durham. Richmond's only win against N.C. State came in the 1970 season.
Richmond Moves Up In FCS Coaches Poll
The Spiders jumped two spots to No. 12 in the Coaches Poll after dismantling the VMI Keydets, 34-0, at Robins Stadium. In the Sports Network FCS Top 25, Richmond remained ranked No. 15 in the nation.
Spiders Open Season with 34-0 Shutout of VMI
Richmond opened the season on a strong note, defeating in-state rival VMI, 34-0, at a sold-out Robins Stadium. The blanking was the 33rd shutout to start a season for the Spiders and marked the largest win for Richmond in a season-opener since beating VMI, 42-6, in 1999.
Richmond has not lost a non-conference FCS game in the regular season since 2005 and is a spotless 17-0 since then. The last FCS loss in the regular season 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 15-4 (that includes wins at Duke in 2009 and 2011).
Sophomore Jacobi Green is expected to get more of an opportunity this season for the Spiders and the running back took full advantage against VMI on August 31. Green ran for a career-high 95 yards on just eight carries with a receiving touchdown, including a career-long run of 53 yards.
Lights Out When Leading at the Half
Richmond is 56-5 since the start of 2004 when leading at the half (7-0 under Coach Rocco). The five 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.
Rocco Leads Spiders to Share of CAA Championship
In 2012, first-year head coach Danny Rocco led Richmond to a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2. The five-win turnaround is the second-best in the history of Richmond football, while the six-conference win improvement was the best in the CAA. The conference championship was the 11th in program history.
Edwards Named to Senior Bowl Watch List
After a standout junior season, WR Ben Edwards was named to the prestigious Senior Bowl Watch List. The list includes just 42 players from the FCS and six from the CAA. Last season, Richmond DB Cooper Taylor was also named to the Senior Bowl Watch List.
13 Richmond Student-Athletes Earn Preseason Honors
An impressive 13 Richmond student-athletes earned 32 preseason accolades from numerous publications. Leading the way for the Spiders were wide receivers Ben Edwards and Shane Savage – both of whom were named Preseason All-Americans.