#9 UR knocks off Wagner

Senior QB Aaron Corp threw for a career-high 236 yards and two touchdowns and No. 9 Richmond recovered from a balky first half to beat Wagner, 21-6, Saturday night at a sold-out Robins Stadium.

Corp put Richmond (2-0) on the board early, hitting sophomore WR Ben Edwards for a 56-yard touchdown pass on the game’s third play, but the Spiders leaned heavily on their defense after turnovers on the five-consecutive possessions after the touchdown.

Wagner managed just three points off its first-half takeaways, and Richmond took care of the ball in the second half, while rolling up 412 yards of total offense to secure its 13th-consecutive victory over non-conference FCS opponents in the regular season.

Junior LB Darius McMillan made 10 tackles, senior S Colin Pehanick had seven stops and an interception, while sophomore DE Kerry Wynn recorded two of Richmond’s three sacks as the Spiders limited Wagner (1-1) to just 189 yards of total offense (68 yards rushing).

Junior TE Kevin Finney hauled in a six-yard TD pass from Corp that capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive midway through the third quarter.  A 32-yard hook-up from Corp to Stephen Barnette helped set-up the score that put Richmond up 14-3.

A 45-yard field goal from David Lopez cut the margin to 14-6 on Wagner’s next possession, but junior FB Kendall Gaskins, who finished with 98 yards on a career-high 24 carries, put the game on ice when he punched in a one-yard TD early in the fourth quarter.

Corp finished the night 16-of-25 passing for 236 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior RB Garrett Turner carried 15 times for 75 yards, while senior WR Tre Gray had six catches for 85 yards.

Richmond owned a seven-minute advantage in time of possessions and converted on seven of its 12 third-down attempts.

The Spiders remain home next Saturday to host long-time rival VMI at Robins Stadium.  Kick off in the 87th all-time meeting with the Keydets is set for 6 p.m.

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