Durham, N.H. — J.R. Purnell spearheaded a University of Richmond running attack that netted 286 yards on the ground as the Spiders pounded the University of New Hampshire on their way to a 31-10 Atlantic 10 victory at Cowell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
UNH falls to 4-2, 2-2 in conference while Richmond improves to 4-2, 2-1.
Purnell scored two touchdowns to go along with 101 yards on the ground. Purnell’s first touchdown, a 10-yard run with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter, gave the Spiders a 17-0 lead heading into halftime. Two minutes into the third quarter, Richmond extended its 17-point lead to 24-0 when Sean Gustus hooked up with Boyd Ouden for a 71-yard touchdown. The Spiders threw collectively for 246 yards to give them 532 total yards of offense.
Kamau Peterson (Windsor, Ontario), who had 7 receptions for 70 yards, got the Wildcats on the board at 6:25 of the third quarter when Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H. 22-for-44, 266 yards) connected with Peterson for a 14-yard touchdown. However, Purnell would score his second of the day with 1:34 remaining in the third on a 39-yard scamper to make it 31-7.
Shawn Maclean (Salem, Mass.) hit a 35-yard field goal with 28 second to go in the third for the final score of the game. Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) led the ‘Cats offense attack with a 168 all-purpose yards, 70 on the ground and 98 through the air.
Doug Kirchner gave the Spiders a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal. Tyronne Turner (19-95) made it 10-0 early in the second quarter with a 1-yard dive.