Scores

Final

Richmond 21

(11-2, 7-1 CAA)

Wofford 10

(9-4, 5-2 Southern)

7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2007

Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 0 7 0 1421
WOF 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: E. Ward (RICH) - 181 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Hightower (RICH) - 23 CAR, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Grayson (RICH) - 8 REC, 92 YDS

Richmond 21, Wofford 10

Associated Press

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Hightower rushed for two second-half touchdowns to lead Richmond to its first-ever spot in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals in a 21-10 victory at Wofford on Saturday night.

The Spiders (11-2) set a school mark for wins this season when Hightower found the end zone.

He had an 18-yard run to the Wofford 1, then followed with his first touchdown to put Richmond ahead 14-10 with 11:55 to play.

The Spiders got the ball back three minutes later when safety Michael Ireland picked up a botched punt attempt -- the only one tried by either team -- and ran it back to the Terriers' 1. Hightower scored one play later and Richmond was up 21-10.

Hightower was held to 88 yards, nearly 100 fewer than the 180 he put up in the opening playoff victory over Eastern Kentucky last week.

The road won't get easier for the Colonial Athletic Association co-champs -- the Spiders will likely travel to face two-time defending NCAA FCS winners, Appalachian State in the semis.

Wofford (9-4) had beaten the Mountaineers in September, three games after Appalachian's stunning victory at Michigan. The Terriers had hoped to face their Southern Conference brothers once again with a spot in the national finals on the line.

But they couldn't get past Hightower and the Spiders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
WOF
1st Downs1921
Total Yards309307
Passing181112
Rushing128195
Penalties5-367-46
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession30:1929:41

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward20/301816.011
WoffordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collier9/151127.501

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hightower23883.820
Ward7253.600
WoffordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson16895.600
Romero8739.100

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grayson89211.500
Mitchell3299.700
WoffordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Strickland69816.300
Joslin177.000

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERRICHWOF
FG07:47Patrick Mugan 22 Yd 03
TD04:19Joe Stewart 10 Yd Pass From Eric Ward (Andrew Howard Kick) 73
THIRD QUARTERRICHWOF
TD03:34Michael Hobbs 1 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 710
FOURTH QUARTERRICHWOF
TD11:55Tim Hightower 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 1410
TD08:40Tim Hightower 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 2110