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Richmond game very encouraging
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:37 am  Reply with quote
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I agree completely with Raider Redhead and felt (especially during the first half) that this is the strongest Raider team I've seen in awhile. This is not the NFL; there are good losses. Richmond lost to NDSU in the semis last year and crushed Virginia to start the season. We went down 10-0 quickly due to some bad breaks. Jake's first INT was the result of the receiver running a different route (he cut inside while Jake led him down the sideline) which resulted in an easy INT and quick score. Meanwhile we dropped 2 INTs, one so easy the defender was surprised when the ball hit him. Our defense was great early on - I think the Spiders only got 3 first downs the first quarter. It was great we came back with 17 straight points after being down 10-0, though I think settling for a FG for the last score hurt us (we were well within the red zone). Until Richmond's long drive at the end of the half tied it, I thought we were outplaying them.

In the third Richmond's spread sets and up tempo O wore us down obviously. Brown burned us but he's Richmond's all-time receiving leader. Even so, Jake had 2 great first down runs on 4th down deep in their territory called back because of holding penalties, and Maddaluna just couldn't hold on to one in the end zone (tough catch though with the defender all over him). Any of these would have kept us within a TD in the 3rd. Even so, we were close at the end. The 3rd and 9 when the Richmond QB was almost wrapped up at his goal line, but managed to hit the TE for the first down, was crucial. Without that we would have gotten the ball back near midfield with a few minutes left to get the tying/winning TD. Whoever blamed our receivers was wrong. Melville was the most off-target I've seen him, and unlike the Syracuse game many of his misfires were not under pressure. Isn't 3 INTs more than he had all last year? (It reminded me of Greg Sullivan's bad game against Furman 6 years ago.) Speaking of which it was good to see Greg on the sidelines coaching, he looks like he did during his playing days. Also good seeing Vickie outside the locker room encouraging all of the players as they were coming and going.

I was planning to go to the parking lots and keep offering money until I got a ticket, but the Colgate ticket office kindly left me a couple for me. Thank you Gate83 for offering me one. I would have met you in the tailgating area but barely got in before kickoff. Richmond only had one person handling the Colgate will call, and the line was quite long. When I asked for mine they looked through several sheets before telling me there were no Colgate players with my name, unaware that the line wasn't only for families! While the new stadium was cute, the efficiency and attitude at concessions were like those at a Caribbean food cart. The "sold out" tickets must include many unused season or student tickets. When the game started the stands were maybe a quarter full, after the 1st quarter maybe half full. I watched the game surrounded by 20-30 empty seats. They should sell general admission with a standing area to use if the seats are full. It's ridiculous that many didn't come out because the game was said to be sold out.

This is a very good team, capable of winning in the playoffs again. Fans should come out and support them the rest of the way.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:48 am Reply with quote
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Agree with everything stated. The front seven is really impressive. Very hard to run against this team. The objective, as Co-captain Kyle Diener '17 pointed out in his weekly email, is to make teams one dimensional, i.e. pass. Then add the special D. packages to throw teams off. I have a lot of confidence this front 7 can do this in PL play generally. Will the secondary hold up their end of the bargain, under those circumstances ? A big test for this @Lehgh and @ Fordham. Cornell will be a good test. Like Melvill the Cornell QB put up some good numbers against Yale,  (Dalton Banks passed for 297 yards.)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:48 pm Reply with quote
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I've only watched the first half of the Richmond game (paid for it and wasn't able to watch and then was very happy to see that it had been recorded on Direct TV).

For Colgate to only lose by seven while getting so little out of the passing game says a lot about how good this team can be. Would love to see these guys to get another crack at Richmond this year (need to win a lot of games starting Saturday).

Don't think these guys were physically overmatched at all (in the first half, anyway). When they make plays that are a very, very good team.

Go 'gate!

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