WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The sixth-ranked William and Mary football team claimed the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 41-3 victory against No. 18/20 Richmond in front of a sold-out crowd at Zable Stadium on senior day Saturday afternoon. In addition to claiming the league championship, W&M recorded it second-consecutive undefeated season at home and earned its 11th-straight win in Williamsburg.
Although W&M (8-3, 6-2) and Delaware (9-2, 6-2) both finished the conference slate with 6-2 records, the Tribe earned the league's championship and automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs due to its 17-16 win versus the Blue Hens last month. The Tribe now awaits the NCAA FCS Playoff selection show, which will air on ESPNU on Sunday at 10 a.m.
En route to claiming the Capital Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of the W&M-UR game, the Tribe outgained the Spiders, 616-219. Its offensive figure represents the most yards by the College since totaling 630 yards against Towson in 2006. The defensive effort marked the third consecutive game, and sixth time this season, in which W&M has allowed less than 300 yards of total offense.
Senior quarterback Mike Callahan was honored as the Capital Cup Most Outstanding Player, as he completed 17-of-22 passes for a career-high 331 yards with two touchdowns. W&M utilized a balanced rushing attack as four players recorded more than 50 yards on the ground – senior Terrence Riggins (78), junior Jonathan Grimes (73), senior Courtland Marriner (60) and sophomore Meltoya Jones (54). Marriner found the end zone twice, while Riggins also scored. Grimes also hauled in four catches for 86 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Ryan Moody registered a game-high five receptions for 101 yards. It was Moody’s second-consecutive 100-yard receiving performance.
Richmond (6-5, 4-4) scored its only points of the afternoon on its second offensive series when Wil Kamin connected on a 22-yard field goal to give the Spiders a 3-0 lead.
W&M responded with a touchdown on its following drive when Marriner scored on a 5-yard scamper with just 0:37 remaining in the first quarter. Callahan completed all three of his pass attempts on the drive, totaling 40 yards.
Marriner registered his second touchdown midway through the second quarter with an 18-yard score. The four-play, 86-yard drive was highlighted by a short screen pass to Grimes that he turned into a 64-yard gain down the Tribe’s sideline.
The College’s final touchdown of the half came on a 23-yard strike from Callahan to senior wide receiver Chase Hill. As was the case on the opening drive, Callahan was extremely efficient engineering the score and went 3-of-3 for 68 yards.
W&M outgained the Spiders, 321-103, in the opening 30 minutes, while Callahan was 11-of-13 for 226 yards with a touchdown.
A 28-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Drake Kuhn capped off the initial drive of the second half and extended the Tribe’s lead to 24-3.
After an interception by senior linebacker Evan Francks gave the Tribe possession at UR’s 41-yard line moments later, W&M put together a six-play drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Callahan to junior tight end Alex Gottlieb.
Richmond drove inside the Tribe’s 10-yard line on its following possession, but quarterback John Laub’s fourth-and-goal pass into the end zone from the 8-yard line was broken up by sophomore linebacker Dante Cook.
The Tribe tacked on another touchdown to go ahead, 38-3, on a 1-yard run by Riggins. The senior carried the ball six times for 63 yards on the 92-yard drive.
A 26-yard field goal by Kuhn with 1:39 remaining was the contest’s final score. Jones keyed the drive with 54 rushing yards, 49 of which came on a single run down the middle of the field.