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Richmond 31, E. Kentucky 14

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Tim Hightower rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown and Eric Ward threw for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday night, leading Richmond past Eastern Kentucky 31-14 in the first round of the football championship subdivision playoffs.

The Spiders (10-2) will travel to Wofford next Saturday for a quarterfinal game. Eastern Kentucky, outgained 417-288, finished 9-3.

Ward was 13-for-18 for 139 yards and the Spiders' defense helped out with a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Richmond did not turn the ball over, becoming the first team this season not to commit a giveaway against the Colonels.

Hightower scored on a 2-yard run to give Richmond a 14-0 lead, capping a drive set up by David Horton's interception. Hightower also had a 30-yard burst on Richmond's opening drive, which ended with Andrew Howard's 25-yard field goal.

Ward's 9-yard scoring run made it 17-0 3:23 before halftime. Josh Vaughan added a 40-yard touchdown run and Ward hit Kevin Grayson for a 5-yard touchdown after halftime.

Eastern Kentucky's points came on a 2-yard run by Bobby Washington and a pass from Josh Greco to Quinton Williams, the latter on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Spiders rushed for 278 yards, the Colonels just 54 yards.

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