Take a bow, Virginia. You’ve “earned” it.
The “it” is the “honor” of becoming the first Power Five team to lose to one from the FCS, with UVa. stumbling and bumbling its way to an embarrassing 37-20 loss to Richmond in Charlottesville Saturday, a score that wasn’t even remotely indicative to how the visitors controlled the game. Adding insult to injury, this was the first game of the highly-anticipated Bronco Mendenhall era with the Cavaliers.
In just about every facet of the contest, the Spiders were the vastly superior team on the Scot Stadium field.
Richmond outgained their opponents by nearly a 2-1 margin, piling up 524 yards of offense while holding the Hoos to 302. A 24-19 edge in first downs helped the Spiders double up the Cavaliers in time of possession.
Perhaps most importantly, UVa. turned the ball over four times, once on an interception and three on fumbles. The Spiders turned those turnovers into 17 points, while not committing a turnover themselves
While UVa. is the first P5 team to fall to an FCS team, they’re not the first FBS team to be tripped up by a lower rung on the college football ladder. Friday, Buffalo fell to Albany at home 22-16.
The first full week of the college football season, there are 45 FBS-FCS matchups. As of this posting, the FBS teams hold a 22-2 advantage in he games that have been completed.