Courtesy of Richmond Athletics
On an emotional homecoming at McGuirk Stadium, UMass led 10-5 with 1:51 left, but Richmond drove to score its lone touchdown with nine seconds left to defeat the Minutemen, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon. In front of a near-sellout crowd of 16,421, UMass dropped its first CAA game of the season and lost at home for just the fourth time in 30 games dating back to 2006.
Caleb Violette kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter, but after the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Spiders the ball at the 40-yard line, Richmond went 60 yards in 1:42, finishing with Montel White hitting Tre Gray for a 15-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left.
After the Spiders' 2-point conversion attempt was stopped, UMass attempted to run a series of laterals on the kickoff return before the ball was downed at the five-yard line, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on Richmond for players coming onto the field before time expired, giving UMass an untimed down from its 20. Kyle Havens' heave fell incomplete, ending the game.
The 14th largest crowd in McGuirk history (16,421) celebrated the the life and legacy of the late band director George Parks, who passed away suddenly as the band traveled to Michigan last month. The band performed a tribute to Parks at halftime.
UMass took the lead as Kyle Havens connected with Andrew Krevis on a 7-yard route to the corner of the end zone with 8:19 left in the first half. It was Krevis' third-career TD, but first versus an FCS team (first two came at Kansas State and Michigan).
Mike Mele racked up a career-high 14 tackles, marking the second game in a row in which he set his career-high as he had 13 at Towson.
The wind wreaked havoc with both teams offense and special teams all afternoon. Richmond, playing its fourth quarterback of the season, did not complete a pass until the final drive of the game, when White completed four.
The Spiders tallied their first points of the day on a safety in the first quarter. The two points were registered on a snap that went out of the end zone on a UMass punt attempt.
The teams traded fumbles in the third quarter. Richmond cut their deficit to 7-5 on Will Kamin's 33-yard field goal with 1:34 left in the third quarter.
The Minutemen had a chance to take a two-possession score in the fourth quarter but failed on four straight runs on fourth-down-and-1 from the 1-yard line, giving Richmond the ball at their own 2-yard line with less than eight minutes remaining.
The teams combined for just 420 yards of total offense (UMass with 224 and Richmond with 196)
UMass returns to action in the Colonial Clash next Saturday at Gillette Stadium, as the Minutemen take on New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m.