Richmond Spiders football

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Richmond Spiders football
2016 Richmond Spiders football team
Richmond Spiders text logo.svg
First season 1881
Athletic director Keith Gill
Head coach Russ Huesman
1st year, 0–0 (–)
Stadium E. Claiborne Robins Stadium
Seating capacity 8,700
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Richmond, Virginia
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Division South
All-time record 541–637–53 (.461)
Bowl record 1–1 (.500)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 (2008)
Conference titles 13
Colors Blue and Red[1]
Rival William & Mary Tribe and James Madison Dukes

The Richmond Spiders are a college football team representing the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond was the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision champion for the 2008 season. Richmond currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman was named head coach of the Spiders, on December 14, 2016, replacing Danny Rocco who had depart to become head coach at the University of Delaware a day earlier.[2]

In 2008, #7 Richmond beat Eastern Kentucky, Appalachian State, and Northern Iowa to advance to the NCAA Division I Football Championship against Montana. In the FCS National Championship Game on December 19, 2008, they defeated Montana 24–7 to win the first team NCAA national title for the University of Richmond in any sport.

Richmond's traditional rival in many sports is the College of William & Mary. Richmond and William & Mary have met 123 times since 1898, making the rivalry (sometimes referred to as "the South's oldest rivalry") the fourth most-played in Division I college football. Only Lafayette-Lehigh, PrincetonYale, and Harvard-Yale have played more games. The winner of the annual W&M–Richmond match-up claims the Capital Cup (formerly the I-64 Trophy), which reflects the historical significance of the cities of Williamsburg and Richmond as the last two capitals of the Commonwealth of Virginia.[3]

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The Spiders have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs 11 times. Their combined record is 15–10. They were FCS National Champions in 2008.

Year Round Opponent Result
1984 First Round
Boston University
Rhode Island
W 35–33
L 17–23
1987 First Round Appalachian State L 3–20
1998 First Round Lehigh L 23–24
2000 First Round
Youngstown State
W 10–3
L 20–34
2005 First Round
W 38–10
L 20–24
2007 First Round
Eastern Kentucky
Appalachian State
W 31–14
W 21–10
L 35–55
2008 First Round
National Championship Game
Eastern Kentucky
Appalachian State
Northern Iowa
W 38–10
W 33–13
W 21–20
W 24–7
2009 First Round
Appalachian State
W 16–13
L 31–35
2014 First Round
Second Round
Morgan State
Coastal Carolina
W 46–24
L 15–36
2015 Second Round
William & Mary
Illinois State
North Dakota State
W 48–13
W 39–27
L 7–33
2016 First Round
Second Round
North Carolina A&T
North Dakota
Eastern Washington
W 39–10
W 27–24
L 0–38


  1. ^ "Colors". 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Huesman Named Head Coach Of Spiders Football". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Richmond, William & Mary Rename Football Rivalry As Capital Cup

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