Scores

Final

Richmond 24

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Duke 16

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 7 7 0 1024
DUKE 2 7 0 716

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 350 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Forte (RICH) - 16 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Williams (DUKE) - 7 REC, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Kirchoff blocks punt, scores for FCS Richmond in win over Duke

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Tyler Kirchoff rushed for a touchdown and blocked a punt for another score to help Richmond defeat Duke 24-16 on Saturday night.

The Spiders, reigning champions of the Football Championship Subdivision, defeated the Blue Devils in a season opener for the second time in four years.

Kirchoff blocked a punt that teammate Jonathan Mayfield returned 5 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. He then bulled his way for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Spiders ahead 21-9 with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

Thaddeus Lewis was 34 of 55 for 350 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils in front of a crowd of 33,311, Duke's largest at home since 2001.

The Blue Devils, who lost their opener for the sixth time in the last seven years, missed a pair of field goals in addition to the blocked punt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
DUKE
1st Downs1719
Total Yards282369
Passing157350
Rushing12519
Penalties3-303-24
3rd Down Conversions3-123-14
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Turnovers00
Possession33:2226:38

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward12/231436.200
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis34/553506.420

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte16694.3112
Ward7263.707
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Boyette9151.707
Hollingsworth372.306

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gray55110.2015
Mitchell34515.0034
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams711516.4154
Kelly78011.4121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHDUKE
TD08:45Jonathan Mayfield 5 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Andrew Howard Kick) 70
SF04:56Ball Through End Zone 72
SECOND QUARTERRICHDUKE
TD10:26Justin Forte 2 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 142
TD09:09Johnny Williams 54 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 149
FOURTH QUARTERRICHDUKE
TD09:39Tyler Kirchoff 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 219
FG04:16Andrew Howard 45 Yd 249
TD02:13Austin Kelly 21 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Will Snyderwine Kick) 2416