How ’bout them Spiders?!

By Tom

A shout-out today goes to the University of Richmond football team, who beat three-time defending national champion Appalachian State on Saturday to advance to the national FCS semifinals. GO SPIDERS!!! Not only was this App State’s first playoff loss since 2004, but it was a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which also pitted Richmond against ASU at their home.

I was at last year’s game in Boone, North Carolina, where the Spiders played valiantly but ultimately lost – which makes Saturday’s victory that much sweeter for me. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there this year, because I was busy giving an information session for our final Spider Saturday of the semester here in the office. But trust me, I was there in Spider spirit. And I nearly lost my voice screaming while watching the game at a friend’s house with other alumni.

To our football team: you guys rock, and the Office of Admission is proud of you. To prospective students: keep an eye out for next weekend’s semifinal game against Northern Iowa!

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Me (on the right) with several alumni friends at last year’s game against App State… if only I could have been there this year for the rematch…

4 Comments

  1. Ruth Marie
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    What a great game. Good luck in semi’s guys.

  2. Tom
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Check out this great article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch about UR as an academic and athletic powerhouse:

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/sports/college/college_football/article/WOOD10_20081209-212530/147270/

    For the record, UR has consistently been ranked between 3rd and 6th in the country for student-athlete graduation rates among all Division I schools. Our athletes compete in strong D-I programs, but they’re dedicated to their studies as well. Another reason it’s great to be a Spider…

  3. Posted December 17, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Great Comeback win over N. Iowa! Good luck against Montana!

  4. Tom
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    One of our Spider Diary writers, Ben, just put up a great post about football at UR and how as a student, because of our size, you actually do get to know your National Championship-bound players. Check it out.


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