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RICHMOND – The No. 13 William & Mary football team fell at seventh-seeded Richmond, 48-13, in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the season-ending loss, W&M’s successful 2015 campaign included nine victories and a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title.
Richmond (9-3) outgained the Tribe (9-4), 448-214, and piled up 302 yards on the ground. UR tailback Jacobi Green provided much of that production, as he rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns.
Junior running back Kendell Anderson scored the Tribe’s lone touchdown and rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries. In doing so, he joined former W&M All-American Jonathan Grimes as one of just two players in school history to rush for more than 1,400 yards in a season (1,418).
Senior free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (13), senior linebacker Luke Rhodes (13) and senior strong safety Jared Velasquez (12) all posted double-digit tackle totals, while senior linebacker Ian Haislip and junior Trey Reed recorded interceptions.
After holding W&M to a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, UR got on the scoreboard first with a 3-yard touchdown run by Green. The score was set up with a 50-yard punt return by David Jones.
Although the Tribe answered with a 22-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Nick Dorka, Green found the end zone again, coming on a 1-yard run with 0:41 left in the first quarter, to give the Spiders a 14-3 advantage.
The college looked as if it would cut into the margin early in the second quarter, but Jones intercepted junior quarterback Steve Cluley in the end zone on a pass deflected by David Herlocker and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.
An interception by Haislip helped set up W&M’s second score, as he returned a pick 29 yards to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Anderson on the following play.
UR responded late in the half, however, as quarterback Kyle Lauletta capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 0:23 showing to push the lead to 28-10 at intermission.
Although W&M struck first in the second half with a 23-yard field goal by Dorka, the Spiders closed out the contest with 20 unanswered points en route to advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.