Richmond Sends Defending Champs Home
Dec. 6, 2008
BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Josh Vaughan ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns to help Richmond upset defending national champion Appalachian State 33-13 on Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Spiders (11-3) advance to the FCS - formerly Division 1-AA - semifinals for the second consecutive year. Richmond will face either New Hampshire or Northern Iowa next weekend.
Armanti Edwards threw for 323 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score for the three-time FCS champion Mountaineers (11-3). But Edwards also threw a career-worst five interceptions in the second half, leading to four Richmond scores.
Eric Ward also had a rushing score, and Andrew Howard and Brian Radford both added field goals for the Spiders.
Appalachian State took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, driving 95 yards - aided by a 15-yard face mask call, and a pass interference in the end zone on Richmond - before Edwards scored on a 2-yard run with 2:58 left.
The Spiders had a chance to tie the game with Vaughan scoring on a 13-yard run with 4.2 seconds left in the first quarter to pull the score 7-6. Howard bounced his extra-point attempt off the right upright.
Richmond then took the lead on Howard's 36-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the third quarter, with back-to-back interceptions by Seth Williams to set up TD runs of 1 yard by Vaughan and 5 yards by Ward to put the Spiders ahead 23-7.
The Mountaineers pulled within 23-13 on Edwards' 4-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Courman with 1:51 left in the third quarter, but Richmond took advantage of two more interceptions to add a 27-yard field goal by Radford and a 1-yard Vaughan TD run.