2015 Richmond Spiders football team

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2015 Richmond Spiders football
Richmond Spiders text logo.svg
CAA co-champion
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATS No. 4
FCS Coaches No. 3
2015 record 10–4 (6–2 CAA)
Head coach Danny Rocco (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Charlie Fisher (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Bob Trott (6th season)
Home stadium E. Claiborne Robins Stadium
(Capacity: 8,700)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Richmond +^   6 2         10 4  
#11 James Madison +^   6 2         9 3  
#12 William & Mary +^   6 2         9 4  
Towson   5 3         7 4  
New Hampshire ^   5 3         7 5  
Villanova   5 3         6 5  
Stony Brook   3 5         5 5  
Delaware   3 5         4 7  
Elon   3 5         4 7  
Maine   3 5         3 8  
Albany   2 6         3 8  
Rhode Island   1 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2015 Richmond Spiders football team represented the University of Richmond in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Danny Rocco and played their home games at E. Claiborne Robins Stadium. The Spiders were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), the Spiders finished as a CAA co-champion along with James Madison and William & Mary, who all finished with identical 6–2 conference records. The Spiders received the CAA's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker, having defeated both James Madison and William & Mary during the regular season. After receiving a first-round bye and defeating William & Mary in the second round and Illinois State in the quarterfinals, the Spiders lost to North Dakota State in the semifinals, 33–7.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 noon at Maryland* No. 18 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPNU L 21–50   38,117
September 12 noon at Hampton* No. 22 Armstrong StadiumHampton, VA W 31–28   3,515
September 19 6:00 pm VMI* No. 22 Robins StadiumRichmond, VA (Rivalry) CSN MA+ W 42–10   8,700
October 3 3:30 pm Maine No. 19 Robins Stadium • Richmond, VA CSN MA+ W 48–17   7,228
October 10 3:30 pm Elon No. 16 Robins Stadium • Richmond, VA STV W 27–14   8,216
October 17 noon at Rhode Island No. 13 Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 37–12   6,143
October 24 3:30 pm at No. 4 James Madison No. 11 Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA CSN W 59–49   26,069
October 31 3:30 pm Albanydagger No. 6 Robins Stadium • Richmond, VA STV W 38–31   8,475
November 7 7:00 pm at New Hampshire No. 5 Cowell StadiumDurham, NH NBCSN L 25–30   4,992
November 14 3:30 pm at Villanova No. 9 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA L 20–21   6,211
November 21 noon No. 7 William & Mary No. 14 Robins Stadium • Richmond, VA (Capital Cup) CSN W 20–9   8,700
December 5 noon No. 13 William & Mary* No. 12 Robins Stadium • Richmond, VA (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 W 48–13   7,277
December 11 7:30 pm at No. 4 Illinois State* No. 12 Hancock StadiumNormal, IL (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals) ESPN3 W 39–27   5,356
December 18 8:00 pm at No. 2 North Dakota State* No. 12 FargodomeFargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Semifinals) ESPN2 L 7–33   18,105
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

at Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Spiders 7 7 0 7 21
Terrapins 10 12 7 21 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–11–2 1977 L 24–27

at Hampton[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Spiders 7 3 6 15 31
Pirates 14 7 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 W 42–17

VMI[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Keydets 3 7 0 0 10
#22 Spiders 7 14 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–40–5 2013 W 34–0

Maine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 7 3 7 0 17
#19 Spiders 14 6 14 14 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–13 2014 L 20–33

Elon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix 0 0 0 14 14
#16 Spiders 7 10 3 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2014 W 30–10

at Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Spiders 13 7 3 14 37
Rams 3 3 0 6 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–6 2014 W 37–0

at James Madison[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Spiders 7 21 14 17 59
#4 Dukes 14 14 7 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–15 2014 L 20–55

Albany[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Great Danes 0 10 14 7 31
#6 Spiders 17 7 14 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 W 41–28

at New Hampshire[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Spiders 7 0 15 3 25
Wildcats 14 7 6 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–12 2014 L 26–29

at Villanova[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Spiders 0 7 7 6 20
Wildcats 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–21 2014 W 10–9

William & Mary[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Tribe 3 3 3 0 9
#14 Spiders 0 7 13 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–61–5 2014 L 20–34

FCS Playoffs[edit]

Second Round – William & Mary[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Tribe 3 7 3 0 13
#12 Spiders 14 14 7 13 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–61–5 11/21/2015 W 20–9

Quarterfinals – Illinois State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Spiders 10 9 6 14 39
#4 Redbirds 0 7 7 13 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Semifinals – North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Spiders 0 0 7 0 7
#2 Bison 13 13 0 7 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 18 22 22 19 19 16 13 11 6 5 9 14 12 4 
Coaches 18 22 23 20 20 18 13 12 8 7 12 16 11 3

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