Richmond–VMI football rivalry
|First meeting||November 10, 1893
VMI 34, Richmond 0
|Latest meeting||September 19, 2015
Richmond 42, VMI 10
|All-time series||Richmond leads, 45–40–5|
|Largest victory||VMI, 79–0 (1901)|
|Longest win streak||Richmond, 12 (1997–present)|
|Current win streak||Richmond, 12 (1997–present)|
The Richmond–VMI football rivalry is a college football rivalry played between the VMI Keydets and the Richmond Spiders, representing the Virginia Military Institute and University of Richmond, respectively. The series began in 1893, two years after VMI fielded its first football team in 1891, and three years after Richmond's first football team was formed in 1890.
Founded in 1839 on the site of the Lexington state arsenal, the Virginia Military Institute, the nation's oldest state-supported military college, first began football in 1873 which featured a one-game season, though the first official team was not fielded until 18 years later in 1891. The Keydets play their home games at 10,000-seat Alumni Memorial Field, their home since 1962.
The University of Richmond, a private, nonsectarian university, was founded in 1830 as "Richmond College". The Spiders began playing football in 1890, and won their first national championship in 2008 by defeating Montana 24–7. Richmond plays their home games at 7,800-seat E. Claiborne Robins Stadium.
The series began in 1893, and VMI won the first five contests, all of which were shutouts. The Keydets also won 12 of the first 14 games, though the series has shifted in Richmond's favor in the last few decades, as the Spiders have won 21 of the last 23 games dating back to 1983. In all, 90 games have been played as of 2015, the most games played against a single opponent for VMI. Both schools were members of the Southern Conference for several decades until Richmond became an independent in 1977, where they now play in the Colonial Athletic Association. Richmond currently holds a 12-game winning streak in the series, and VMI has not won since 1996.
|VMI victories||Richmond victories||Tie games|
- Source: 2013 VMI Football Fact Book
- 2013 VMI Football Record Book
- Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium - Home of VMI Keydets Football
- "Richmond drops Montana to win first FCS national title". USA Today. Associated Press. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2014.