Elon Fottball Falls at #16 Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Tre Lennon posted the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, but the Elon Phoenix dropped a 27-14 contest at the 16th-ranked Richmond Spiders at Robins Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The loss dropped Elon to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in CAA Football play, while Richmond moved to 4-1, 2-0.

Quotable: “We built a hole against a very good opponent in Richmond. The thing you have to do, is eliminate the run game as best you can, get them in to second-and-10 and second-and-nine so the play-action game becomes much less. On offense, it was our inability to sustain drives. We had some 50-50 balls early in the game and they won the 50-50.” – Elon head coach Rich Skrosky

How it happened: Richmond running backs Seth Fisher (22 carries for 119 yards) and Jacobi Green (11 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns) combined for 220 yards rushing to pace the Spiders’ offensive attack. The Spiders jumped out on top on their second drive of the game, marching 63 yards on six plays to take a 7-0 lead thanks to a Kyle Lauletta 16-yard run. Richmond tacked on another 10 points in the second period before building a 27-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. From there, Elon put together two quick scoring drives and Daniel Thompson threw TD passes of 23 yards to Demetrius Oliver and 54 yards to Lennon. Those two drives lasted a combined 69 seconds.

Noteworthy: Lennon posted a career-high 110 receiving yards on just four receptions to mark Elon’s first 100-yard receiving game since Sept. 27, 2014 at Coastal Carolina (Kierre Brown – 125 yards)… Thompson threw for 212 yards on 14-of-28 passing… John Silas made eight total tackles, upping his career total to 233 to move in to seventh place on the program’s FCS single-season tackles list… Rob Sullivan posted his team-leading fifth sack of the season, tying him for fifth place on Elon’s FCS single-season sacks chart… Elon now has 17 total sacks in six games, three shy of the total posted by the 2014 squad.

Up next: Elon returns home to Rhodes Stadium to take on James Madison at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.