GWU leads No. 11 Richmond, 6-3 at half
When the offense sputtered, the defense picked it up.
That was the storyline of the first half but Gardner-Webb took a 6-3 halftime lead on No. 11 Richmond on a 37-yard field goal by Jordan Day with seconds remaining.
The Runnin' Bulldog (1-1) offense had a difficult time starting up, garnering eight yards on their first eight plays in two drives.
Gardner-Webb's defense did their job after holding Richmond (1-1) to an opening-drive field goal.
After the defense held to a 3-and-out, the offense had their best field position of the quarter at their own 41. The offense started to roll after Lucas Beatty hit tight end Seth Cranfil for a 13-yard pickup but a personal foul on the next play put the ball right back into GWU territory at the 42.
Beatty helped make up the ground with a 24-yard pass to Richard Jules on the next play. The offense continued to click as Beatty found two different receivers to the Richmond 22 before Day — a former GWU soccer player — connected on his first collegiate field goal from 39 yards out to tie the game 3-3 at the open of the second quarter.
Richmond had their first miscue of the game when Michael Strauss hit Steven Barnette down to the GWU 16 before Barnette lost the football and it was recovered by Donald Buie III at the 18 midway through the second quarter.
Beatty connected with Jules for a 24-yard completion later in the drive down to the Richmond 20. On third and short from the 11, the Runnin; Bulldogs Blount dove for a 2-yard pickup. But, three plays later Beatty was picked off at the 1 by David Jones who brought the ball to the 10.
The defense gave GWU one last shot at taking the lead before halftime after holding Richmond on the subsequent drive. The offense was helped by a pass interference penalty and a 13-yard completion to Jules to the 18.
Both teams combined for 42 yards rushing in the first half while Beatty was 14-of-21 for 124 yards and an interception. Strauss had 127 yards on 9-of-15 passing.