Saturday, November 26, 2016

Richmond, QB Kevin Johnson, eliminate North Carolina A&T from FCS field 39-10

RICHMOND, Virginia -- Kevin Johnson's unexpected 2016 debut was not flawless or flashy. It was remarkably effective, given the unusual circumstances, which is just what the University of Richmond needed in a pinch.

Johnson's poise and passing Saturday helped keep Richmond offensively balanced and upright in the FCS playoffs after one round. Behind Johnson, a sophomore who was redshirting before this game, and special-teams scores, the Spiders eliminated North Carolina A&T 39-10 before 3,281 at Robins Stadium.

Johnson passed for 315 yards and a touchdown and ran for 22 more yards and a touchdown in about three-and-a-half quarters. UR's Deontez Thompson gained 98 yards on 22 carries.

UR (9-3) advances to a Saturday second-round game at seventh-seeded North Dakota (9-2) at 6 p.m. (available on ESPN3). North Dakota earned a first-round bye as a top-eight seed.

Spider Dejon Brissett returned a first-quarter punt 92 yards for a touchdown and Griffin Trau converted four field goals (39, 33, 34, 28 yards), and now holds the school record for FGs in a season (21).


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