Virginia 26, Richmond 7
- Sept. 13, 1997
- Charlottesville, Va.
Led by a trio of current pros, the Cavalier defense smothered the Richmond offense all day, setting up three touchdowns in Virginia's 26-7 win at Scott Stadium.
Middle linebacker Wali Rainer, safety Anthony Poindexter and defensive end Patrick Kerney helped hold the Division I-AA Spiders to 171 yards of total offense as the Cav defense forced four Richmond turnovers.
The game's first play from scrimmage provided a glimpse of what was to come for the Spider offense, as defensive tackle Antonio Dingle caused a fumble that cornerback Dwayne Stukes scooped up and returned for a 17-yard score.
Defensive end Andreas Karelis set up Virginia's second touchdown with a fumble recovery as well. Thomas Jones - who had his first career 100-yard game with 117 - scored from the two-yard line to boost the halftime lead to 17-0.
After Richmond trimmed the lead to 10 with a third-quarter score, the Cavaliers responded with nine points in the final quarter.