December 5, 2009
The Richmond football team's run to a repeat FCS national championship came to an end Saturday night. The Spiders fell to Appalachian State 35-31 in the FCS quarterfinals.
Trailing 28-24 with under four minutes to go in the game, Richmond's special teams came up big. Appalachian State's Travaris Cadet fielded a punt deep in Mountaineers territory and Richmond's Eric McBride was able to rip the ball away and take it eight yards for the touchdown, putting the Spiders up 31-28.
The Mountaineers would respond though. Appalachian State put together a 70 yard drive, capped off by an Armanti Edwards touchdown pass to Matt Cline with just 15 seconds remaining in the game.
After a kickoff return by Tremayne Graham got Richmond to its own 45 yard line, the Spiders had one last chance to try to win the game, but quarterback Eric Ward was sacked and time ran out on Richmond.
After the game, Richmond head coach Mike London was asked if Saturday's game would be his last at Richmond, due to the fact he has been rumored to be the top candidate for the head coaching job at Virginia.
London replied: "My thoughts are in the locker room with those guys that layed it out on the line - the only thoughts I have is what I do nightly with my (daughters) after a game - to make the choice whether it's hot cocoa or tea so that's what I'm thinking about right now."
London was defensive coordinator at Virginia under Al Groh before leaving to take the head coaching job at Richmond in 2008.