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Richmond rallies to eliminate North Dakota

(STATS) - Playing in its first-ever FCS playoff game Saturday, North Dakota might have gotten ahead of itself when it held a 17-point lead on Richmond late in the third quarter.

Surely, Richmond's playoff experience was reflected in its composure.

The Spiders scored the final 20 points, capped by Griffin Trau's 18-yard field goal as time expired, and the CAA Football squad stunned the No. 7-seeded Fighting Hawks 27-24 in a second-round game at Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Richmond (10-3) will head across the country once again next Saturday to face a second straight Big Sky Conference co-champion, No. 2 seed Eastern Washington (11-1), in the quarterfinals.

"I can't be more proud of this football team," Richmond coach Danny Rocco said. :The toughness they put on display tonight was phenomenal. I can't say enough about them."

The Spiders are appearing in the playoffs for the third straight season under coach Rocco and the 12th time overall. They faced a desperate situation after Keaton Studsrud's two touchdown passes to Demun Mercer helped North Dakota to a 24-7 lead.

But Spiders quarterback Kevin Johnson scored on a 9-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter as they began to chip away.

Trau kicked a 37-yard field goal with 10:25 left in the fourth quarter, closing the deficit to 24-17. Johnson then connected with Garrett Hudson for an 8-yard touchdown to tie the game at the 5:24 mark.

But Johnson's biggest pass came on the game's final drive. The sophomore stepped up from pressure in the pocket to throw a 54-yard bomb that Tyler Wilkins caught as he fell onto his back at the UND 20 inside two minutes. The Spiders ran the ball three more times before Trau kicked his FCS-leading 23rd field goal of the season.

Johnson, making his second career start since standout Kyle Lauletta became the eighth Richmond starter to be lost to a season-ending injury, had 282 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

Senior wide receiver Brian Brown caught six passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. He went over 4,000 career receiving yards, pushing the total to 4,135.

While North Dakota made its first appearance in the FCS playoffs, it has a long history of Division II postseason experience, including a national championship season in 2001 and a runner-up finish two years later. The Fighting Hawks saw their nine-game winning streak end.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
44-G.Trau 18 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
10
yds
02:57
pos
27
24
Point After TD 5:24
44-G.Trau extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 5:24
7-K.Johnson complete to 11-G.Hudson. 11-G.Hudson runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
54
yds
03:58
pos
23
24
Field Goal 10:30
44-G.Trau 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-38
yds
02:25
pos
17
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:23
44-G.Trau extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 0:23
7-K.Johnson runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
87
yds
04:23
pos
13
24
Point After TD 10:10
4-R.Taubenheim extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 10:10
7-K.Studsrud complete to 89-D.Mercer. 89-D.Mercer runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
75
yds
04:50
pos
7
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:43
4-R.Taubenheim 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
-8
yds
03:33
pos
7
17
Point After TD 8:06
4-R.Taubenheim extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 8:06
7-K.Studsrud complete to 89-D.Mercer. 89-D.Mercer runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
69
yds
00:16
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:22
44-G.Trau extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:22
7-K.Johnson complete to 12-B.Brown. 12-B.Brown runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
79
yds
00:57
pos
6
7
Point After TD 3:25
4-R.Taubenheim extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 3:25
5-B.Oliveira runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
54
yds
05:00
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 13 17
Rushing 6 7
Passing 6 10
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-13 5-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 404 336
Total Plays 57 63
Avg Gain 7.1 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 89 113
Rush Attempts 35 37
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 3.1
Net Yards Passing 315 223
Comp. - Att. 15-22 13-26
Yards Per Pass 14.3 8.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-26 2-12
Penalties - Yards 5-42 2-12
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-35.7 6-36.2
Return Yards 109 91
Punts - Returns 2-23 2-18
Kickoffs - Returns 5-86 4-73
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 2/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Richmond 10-3 7071327
North Dakota 9-3 7107024
315 PASS YDS 223
89 RUSH YDS 113
404 TOTAL YDS 336
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Johnson 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 289 2 0 208.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 604 3 0 201.4
K. Johnson 15/22 289 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Thompson 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 68 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
167 927 9
D. Thompson 21 68 0 15
K. Johnson 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 44 2
K. Johnson 12 22 1 18
G. Hudson 11 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
G. Hudson 1 5 0 5
B. Brown 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 57 0
B. Brown 1 -6 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Brown 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 187 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
77 1441 11
B. Brown 7 187 1 79
T. Wilkins 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 54 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 549 4
T. Wilkins 1 54 0 54
G. Hudson 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 509 5
G. Hudson 2 16 1 8
N. Holloway 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
N. Holloway 1 13 0 13
J. Bevels 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 448 1
J. Bevels 1 8 0 8
D. Thompson 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 211 2
D. Thompson 2 6 0 7
D. Tibbs 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 76 0
D. Tibbs 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Hodge 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Hodge 1-0 1.0 0
A. Clyde 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Clyde 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Trau 44 P
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
23/26 42/42
G. Trau 2/2 37 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Helkowski 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 35.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 39.8 1
D. Helkowski 7 35.7 1 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Brissett 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 17.2 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 20.0 21 0
D. Brissett 5 17.2 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Brissett 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 16.2 23 1
D. Brissett 1 23.0 23 0
T. Wilkins 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 10.1 0 0
T. Wilkins 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Studsrud 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 211 2 0 143.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 2027 14 2 135.2
K. Studsrud 13/26 211 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Oliveira 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 60 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
168 897 10
B. Oliveira 12 60 1 12
J. Santiago 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 59 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
183 983 7
J. Santiago 18 59 0 9
K. Norberg 42 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 130 0
K. Norberg 2 10 0 6
D. Mercer 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 30 0
D. Mercer 3 -4 0 6
K. Studsrud 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
87 176 5
K. Studsrud 2 -12 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Mercer 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 122 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 553 4
D. Mercer 5 122 2 69
L. Fiedler 34 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 95 1
L. Fiedler 2 29 0 19
N. Wanzek 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 367 3
N. Wanzek 2 25 0 18
T. Toivonen 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 433 3
T. Toivonen 2 21 0 15
A. Cloyd 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
A. Cloyd 1 7 0 7
J. Santiago 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 87 1
J. Santiago 1 7 0 7
L. Stanley 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 381 2
L. Stanley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Labat 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Labat 1-0 1.0 0
J. Disterhaupt 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Disterhaupt 1-0 1.0 0
C. O'Brien 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. O'Brien 1-0 1.0 0
C. Reyes 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
C. Reyes 0-1 0.5 0
J. Johnson 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Johnson 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Taubenheim 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
16/25 41/42
R. Taubenheim 1/2 43 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Dussold 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 36.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
73 41.9 1
A. Dussold 6 36.2 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Holm 6 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 23.4 27 0
E. Holm 3 18.7 27 0
J. Santiago 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 27.8 17 1
J. Santiago 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Seibel 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 3.4 19 0
J. Seibel 2 9.0 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 RICH 21 1:50 4 -1 Punt
10:19 RICH 25 1:47 3 -3 Punt
3:19 RICH 21 0:57 2 79 TD
0:42 RICH 20 0:25 2 10
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 RICH 30 3:23 6 15 Punt
10:07 RICH 22 1:31 3 8 Punt
8:00 RICH 21 3:38 8 31 Punt
0:33 RICH 20 0:22 3 1 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:05 RICH 26 1:39 3 5 Punt
4:46 RICH 8 4:23 8 92 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 NDK 22 2:25 5 2 FG
9:22 RICH 46 3:58 8 46 TD
3:00 RICH 30 2:57 8 69 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 NDK 45 2:32 6 -20 FG Miss
8:25 NDK 46 5:00 10 54 TD
2:16 NDK 27 1:21 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:31 NDK 27 1:12 3 5 Punt
8:22 NDK 31 0:16 2 69 TD
4:16 NDK 15 3:33 11 66 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NDK 25 4:50 12 75 TD
8:12 NDK 46 3:13 7 18 Punt
0:15 NDK 19 0:00 1 15
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NDK 34 1:59 3 1 Punt
10:20 NDK 27 0:42 3 5 Punt
5:18 NDK 17 2:08 5 21 Punt