DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Andrew Howard kicked two field goals and
Eric Ward threw a touchdown pass in his college debut Saturday to
lead Division I-AA Richmond past Duke 13-0, the Blue Devils' ninth
loss in a row.
Duke lost to a Division I-AA team for the first time in nine
games since 1978.
Richmond won a season opener for the first time since 2000, and
beat Duke for just the second time in 11 games. The last victory
came in 1926. It's also the Spiders' ninth win in their last 10
Both teams were relying on inexperienced quarterbacks. Ward is a
redshirt freshman who sat out 2005 waiting his turn behind
then-senior Stacy Tutt. Duke was hoping Zack Asack would be its
quarterback after having started six of the last seven games last
season, but he was dismissed from the team in July for plagiarism.
Ward led the Spiders on a 75-yard scoring drive early in the
second quarter, capping it off with a 16-yard pass to Arman
Shields. Howard added field goals of 21 and 22 yards.
Duke had two late chances to score. Lewis was stopped on a
fourth-and-goal at the Richmond 2 with just under 5 minutes left.
Richmond's Tim Hightower lost a fumble at his own 10 and John
Talley recovered for Duke. The Blue Devils got it down to the 2,
but Lewis lost the ball trying to stretch for the end zone on