Follow along with live score updates and analysis for Saturday’s Virginia Cavaliers vs. Richmond Spiders football game at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This article will be updated after each drive. Updates are in chronological order from top to bottom.
Virginia sends Aaron Faumoui, Parris Jones, Nick Jackson and Brennan Armstrong to the coin toss. UVA wins the coin toss and elects to delay the second half.
Richmond Drive – 3pm 1Q
Richmond quarterback Reece Udinski’s first pass goes over the intended target’s head. The Spiders pick up the pace on their first drive and run the ball upfield for a short gain by Aaron Dykes. On third-and-8, Udinski tries to scramble for a yard himself, but is tackled by James Jackson and Virginia forces a Richmond three-and-out on the first drive.
Virginia Drive – 1:30pm 1Q
Virginia drives on its first play and Armstrong finds Dontaevion Weeks, who makes a sliding catch for a first down and a 13-yard pickup. Armstrong goes to Wicks again on the next play for a short gain. Perris Jones receives the handoff and tries to get to the right end, but is stopped for no gain. On 3rd and 5, Armstrong scrambles but is forced out of bounds four yards from the marker. Here comes the punting unit. Daniel Sparks’ punt bounces inside the five, but goes into the end zone before Nick Jackson can get to it.
Richmond Drive – 11:07 1Q
Udinski throws to Jasiah Williams down the sideline and Antonio Clary makes the catch after Williams gains five yards. Darrius Bratton and Aaron Faumui sacked Udinski at second to make it third and long. Udinski makes a great throw to Jasiah Williams down the sideline to convert it on third down. Continuing to work quickly, Udinski threw three straight short pitches to get the chains moving again. Jacob Jerez is left open and Udinski finds him for another first down. Aaron Dykes then found a hole and jammed up the middle for a 20-yard gain to put the Spiders in the red zone. Savon Smith ran 9 yards to set up first and goal, then Richmond went right back at him on the next play and he ran untouched into the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown.
What looked like another three-and-out early in the drive turned into a brilliant field goal for Richmond as Udinski was extremely effective on short passes to his receivers. The up-tempo offense seemed to wear down UVA’s defense quite a bit by the time the ball reached the red zone.
Scoring: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:40
Richmond 7, Virginia 0
Virginia Drive – 6:22 1Q
John Paul Flores is flagged for a false start before the first play. Armstrong found Weeks for a 10-yard gain and Richmond was flagged for a facemask to move the ball to the UVA 44-yard line.
And Lavelle Davis Jr. is back, ladies and gentlemen.
Brennan Armstrong throws up the middle to Lavelle Davis Jr., who breaks up a tackle and takes it 56 yards for his first touchdown of the 2020 season and first TD of the Tony Elliott era. Welcome back Lavel.
Scoring: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:31
Richmond 7, Virginia 7
Richmond Drive – 5:56 1Q
After the rushing goal for the Cavaliers, UVA’s defense is back on the field. Richmond’s Savon Smith takes the handoff up the middle for a 17-yard gain. The Spiders go back to Smith on the next two plays and UVA defends him better, tackling Smith after gains of 4 yards and 0 yards to set up 3rd and 6. Udinski looks to go deep to Jakob Jerez but he’s well defended by Antonio Clary and the ball goes out of bounds. After a shaky second possession, Virginia’s defense gets a big stop and forces a punt.
Virginia Drive – 4:32 1Q
Mike Hollins ran for a short, then Brennan Armstrong scrambled wildly, turning upfield for a 9-yard pickup and a first down. Armstrong then throws to Lavell Davis Jr., who makes a hard contested catch for 12 yards and a first down. Virginia goes back to Mike Hollins on the ground and he picks up a yard. Armstrong calls his own number on a read option and is stopped after no gain. On 3rd and 9, Armstrong threw across the middle to Keitaon Thompson for 14 yards to move the chains. UVA’s John Paul Flores is called for an illegal handing penalty, which puts the Cavaliers back 15 yards. After an incomplete pass to Dontayvion Weeks, Armstrong throws to Luke Wentz, who makes his first career catch, and Richmond is also called for another facemask penalty to move the chains. Perris Jones finds a hole and runs for a 14-yard gain. Jones gets the ball again on the next play and makes his way five yards. After a layoff, Armstrong goes to Dontayvion Weeks down the left sideline on third down and Weeks makes a great catch on his shoes to pick up the first down. On the next play, Perris Jones breaks three tackles and dives into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
Jones certainly showed why he won the title early in that possession. It was a truly impressive run from the former walk-on.
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Scoring: 14 plays, 83 yards, 4:27
Richmond 7, Virginia 14
Richmond Drive – 0:05 1Q
Aaron Dykes is tackled by Anthony Johnson on a two-and-out to end the first quarter. Dykes gained four on the next play to set up third-and-4. Udinski’s pass intended for Dante Black was intercepted by Fentrell Cypress II and the Virginia defense forced another three-and-out.
Virginia Drive – 14:18 2Q
UVA runs back to Perris Jones on the ground on the first play and he makes a great move to pick up 9 yards. Jones gets the call again and goes through some contact for two yards and a first down. Armstrong throws deep to a well covered Dontayvion Wicks and it falls incomplete. Armstrong holds it and finds a huge hole, outrunning the Richmond defense down the right sideline for a 64-yard touchdown.
Brennan Armstrong is now Virginia’s all-time leader in total offense, passing Sean Moore.
Scoring: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:18
Richmond 7, Virginia 21
Richmond Drive – 1pm 2Q
Bratton almost jumped in front of Udinski’s pass, but just barely got to Jakob Jerez for a 6-yard gain. Leroy Henley catches Udinski’s throw and runs five yards for a first down. Richmond continues to run a fast-paced offense and check-downs remain open. On third-and-7, Udinski makes a great play to throw a run and finds Jasiah Williams for another first down. Cam Butler makes a good tackle on Aaron Dykes for a one-yard gain to set up a third down. On 3rd and 3, Udinski drives Jerez again, but they can’t connect. Jake Larson comes in and makes a 45-yard field goal to stop Virginia’s 21-0 run.
Scoring: 11 plays, 47 yards, 3:23
Richmond 10, Virginia 21
Virginia Drive – 9:36 2Q
Armstrong throws it forward to Billy Kemp in the end zone and he runs 10 yards for a first down. Perris Jones rushes to the right and gains 17 yards with some help from Lavel Davis Jr., who helps support him on the run. Armstrong calls his own number again and goes wide left for a 14-yard run. Armstrong throws a receiver to Weeks, but the throw is off target and Weeks only gains two yards before being tackled. On 3rd and 8, Armstrong scrambles and clears the line for the gain, but Richmond is called for holding and UVA gets another set of downs. Hollins runs behind a line of blockers to the right and moves the ball down to the 10-yard line. Hollins again receives the handoff and runs for a four-yard gain. On 3rd and 2, Virginia runs down the right side again, but this time the handoff goes to Perris Jones, who picks up the first down to set up first and goal from the three-yard line. Hollins runs it up the middle and fumbles the ball as it crosses the goal line, but manages to jump on it for a touchdown.
Scoring: 12 plays, 69 yards, 5:26
Richmond 10, Virginia 28
Richmond Drive – 4:10 2Q
The Spiders continue to have success running between the tackles as Savon Smith runs up the middle for 15 yards. Smith gets the carry again and throws it outside for a gain of 9. Udinski throws a flat to Williams and he picks up the first down before being thrown out of bounds by Jonas Sanker. Nick Jackson makes a good tackle to stop Savon Smith after a gain of 1. Udinski throws a slant to Williams and then another short slant to Henley to set up fourth-and-2. Richmond snaps and Udinski throws deep down the sideline to Henley but Cypress was all over him and breaks up the submission. Richmond turns the ball over on downs.
Virginia Drive – 1:22 2Q
With 1:22 remaining and all three timeouts still uncalled, Virginia elects to run the ball three times. The Cavaliers grabbed a first down on a Paris Jones three, but didn’t use any of their timeouts, leaving just 15 seconds on the clock. Armstrong throws deep to Lavell Davis, but the pass is intercepted. UVA came back down to kill the rest of the clock to send the game to halftime.
Half time. Richmond 10, Virginia 28
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