Jacksonville Sports Day

JU Football Suffers 38-19 Road Loss to Spiders

RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond football team opened the 2019 season in impressive fashion, scoring 31 first half points on its way to a 38-19 victory against Jacksonville Thursday night at Robins Stadium.

The Spiders have won 14th straight home openers dating back to 2005, the ninth longest streak in the NCAA FCS level.

JU’s Craige Saxton connected with Younge-Humphrey on a 71-yard TD pass in the second quarter.

Jacksonville would score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins’ Calvin Turner Jr. scored from a yard out to wrap an 11-play drive that took 5:45 off the clock to start the fourth quarter.

JU redshirt-freshman Walker Wright scored on an eight-yard run. It was the first rushing touchdown of his career.

Richmond redshirt-junior QB Joe Mancuso finished with 208 total yards and scored two touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 77 yards on the ground while also passing for 14-for-19 with 131 yards passing.

The Richmond offense ran for 320 yards, including four touchdowns from Mancuso (two) and one each from redshirt freshman running backs Aaron Dykes and Milan Howard.

The Spiders opened the game with a 10-play 80-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown rush by Mancuso.

The Spiders made it 14-0 after senior Maurice Jackson scooped up a fumble recovery going 56 yards for the touchdown. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Colby Ritten forced the fumble on a tackle for loss and the ball leaked out to Jackson

Freshman linebacker Tristan Wheeler led the defense with 12 tackles in his first career collegiate game. Junior linebacker Tyler Dressler added nine tackles, most in the first half, while Ritten and Jackson each finished with a tackle for loss in the win.

The Spiders took a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter when Dykes scampered in from 44-yards out. Howard made it a 28-6 advantage with a five-yard run in the second as well.

Freshman kicker Jake Larson connected on his first career field goal from 31-yards out, giving the Spiders a 31-6 lead at the halftime break.

Mancuso gave Richmond a 38-6 lead in the third quarter, scoring on a three-yard run and ending the night for most of the Spiders’ starters.

Jacksonville has just over two weeks off to prepare for its next road game, at Presbyterian on Sept. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Clinton, S.C.

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