2008 Richmond Spiders football team
|2008 Richmond Spiders football|
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Sports Network||No. 1|
|FCS Coaches||No. 1|
|2008 record||13–3 (6–2 CAA)|
|Head coach||Mike London (1st year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Faragalli (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Russ Huesman (5th year)|
|Home stadium||University of Richmond Stadium|
|2008 CAA football standings|
|#8 New Hampshire x^||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|#18 Maine ^||5||–||3||8||–||5|
|#3 James Madison x$^||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|#6 Villanova ^||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|#1 Richmond ^||6||–||2||13||–||3|
|#20 William & Mary||5||–||3||7||–||4|
The 2008 Richmond Spiders football team represented the University of Richmond during the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season. Richmond competed as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and played their home games at the University of Richmond Stadium.
The Spiders were led by first-year head coach Mike London. Richmond finished the regular season with a 9–3 overall record and 6–2 record in conference play. After suffering three defeats, the Spiders secured an at-large berth for the FCS playoffs. At home they defeated Eastern Kentucky, and then on the road, Richmond beat Appalachian State and Northern Iowa to advance to the championship game. In Chattanooga, Richmond defeated Montana, 24–7, to earn the NCAA Division I FCS championship. It was the University of Richmond's first NCAA national title in any sport.
|August 30||7:00 pm||at No. 15 Elon*||No. 4||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||W 28–10||10,847|
|September 6||3:45 pm||at Virginia*||No. 3||Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA||ESPNU||L 0–16||51,007|
|September 13||3:00 pm||Towson||No. 4||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA||W 45–14||8,012|
|September 20||3:00 pm||Maine||No. 2||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA||W 44–17||8,012|
|September 27||3:30 pm||at No. 19 Villanova||No. 1||Villanova Stadium • Villanova, PA||CN8||L 20–26||6,107|
|October 4||1:30 pm||at Virginia Military Institute*||No. 6||Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA||W 56–16||7,643|
|October 11||3:30 pm||No. 1 James Madison||No. 5||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA||CSN||L 31–38||16,151|
|October 18||3:30 pm||at No. 10 Massachusetts||No. 9||Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium • Hadley, MA||CN8||W 30–15||15,953|
|October 25||3:00 pm||Georgetown*||No. 9||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA||W 48–0||5,168|
|November 8||1:00 pm||at Hofstra||No. 7||Shuart Stadium • Hempstead, NY||W 34–14||1,766|
|November 15||3:30 pm||Delaware||No. 7||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA||CN8||W 31–14||6,173|
|November 22||12:00 pm||at No. 16 William & Mary||No. 7||Zable Stadium • Williamsburg, VA (I-64 Bowl)||CSN||W 23–20 OT||9,405|
|November 29||1:00 pm||No. 21 Eastern Kentucky*||No. 7||UR Stadium • Richmond, VA (First Round, Division I Championship)||W 38–10||2,994|
|December 6||12:00 pm||at No. 2 Appalachian State*||No. 7||Kidd Brewer Stadium • Boone, NC (Quarterfinals, Division I Championship)||ESPNGP||W 33–13||15,215|
|December 13||4:00 pm||at No. 4 Northern Iowa*||No. 7||UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA (Semifinals, Division I Championship)||ESPN||W 21–20||12,062|
|December 19||8:00 pm||vs. No. 5 Montana*||No. 7||Finley Stadium • Chattanooga, TN (Division I Championship Game)||ESPN2||W 24–7||17,823|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
- Sports Network's Final 2008 FCS College Football Poll Archived May 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- 2008 FCS Coaches Poll
- Football wins first national championship in school history, The Collegian, December 20, 2008.
- Richmond 2008 Schedule/Results, ESPN, retrieved June 27, 2009.