2008 Richmond Spiders football team

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2008 Richmond Spiders football
Richmond Spiders text logo.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Division South
Ranking
Sports Network No. 1[1]
FCS Coaches No. 1[2]
2008 record 13–3 (6–2 CAA)
Head coach Mike London (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Mike Faragalli (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Russ Huesman (5th season)
Home stadium University of Richmond Stadium
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#8 New Hampshire x^   6 2         10 3  
#18 Maine ^   5 3         8 5  
UMass   4 4         7 5  
Hofstra   2 6         4 8  
Rhode Island   1 7         3 9  
Northeastern   1 7         2 10  
South
#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  
Delaware   2 6         4 8  
Towson   1 7         3 9  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

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.[3] 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.[4] It was the University of Richmond's first NCAA national title in any sport.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 pm at No. 15 Elon* No. 4 Rhodes StadiumElon, NC W 28–10   10,847
September 6 3:45 pm at Virginia* No. 3 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPNU L 0–16   51,007
September 13 3:00 pm Towson No. 4 UR StadiumRichmond, 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 StadiumVillanova, PA CN8 L 20–26   6,107
October 4 1:30 pm at Virginia Military Institute* No. 6 Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, 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 StadiumHadley, MA CN8 W 30–15   15,953
October 25 3:00 pm Georgetown*dagger No. 9 UR Stadium • Richmond, VA W 48–0   5,168
November 8 1:00 pm at Hofstra No. 7 Shuart StadiumHempstead, 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 StadiumWilliamsburg, 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 StadiumBoone, NC (Quarterfinals, Division I Championship) ESPNGP W 33–13   15,215
December 13 4:00 pm at No. 4 Northern Iowa* No. 7 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA (Semifinals, Division I Championship) ESPN W 21–20   12,062
December 19 8:00 pm vs. No. 5 Montana* No. 7 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN (Division I Championship Game) ESPN2 W 24–7   17,823
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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