2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game
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2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game
2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship
FCS National Championship Game
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1234 Total
Montana 0007 7
Richmond 71403 24
DateDecember 19, 2008
Season2008
StadiumFinley Stadium
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
FavoriteRichmond by 1.5[1]
RefereeCooper Castleberry (Southland)[2]
Attendance17,823[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN2[3]

The 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Richmond Spiders and the Montana Grizzlies. It was played on December 19, 2008, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The culminating game of the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Richmond, 24-7.

Teams

The participants of the Championship Game were the finalists of the 2008 FCS Playoffs, which began with a 16-team bracket.

Richmond Spiders

Richmond finished their regular season with a 9-3 record (6-2 in conference), after starting their season 4-3 through their first seven games. The Spiders defeated Eastern Kentucky, second-seeded Appalachian State, and third-seeded Northern Iowa to reach the final. This was Richmond's first appearance in an FCS/Division I-AA championship game.

Montana Grizzlies

Montana finished their regular season with an 11-1 record (7-1 in conference). As the fourth-seed in the tournament, the Grizzlies defeated Texas State, Weber State (who had given Montana their only defeat during the regular season), and top-seeded James Madison to reach the final. This was Montana's sixth appearance in an FCS/Division I-AA championship game, having previously won in 1995 and 2001, and having lost in 1996, 2000, and 2004.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MONT RICH
1 9:02 11 66 5:58 RICH Eric Ward 23-yard touchdown reception from John Crone, Andrew Howard kick good 0 7
2 11:29 3 34 1:14 RICH Josh Vaughan 5-yard touchdown run, Howard kick good 0 14
2 2:13 12 75 6:52 RICH Garrett Wilkins 13-yard touchdown reception from Ward, Howard kick good 0 21
4 11:56 13 69 4:28 MONT Chase Reynolds 4-yard touchdown run, Brody McKnight kick good 7 21
4 6:54 4 -1 1:32 RICH 39-yard field goal by Brian Radford 7 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 24

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Game statistics

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Grizzlies 0 0 0 7 7
Spiders 7 14 0 3 24
Montana quarterback Cole Bergquist
Statistics MONT RICH
First downs 15 16
Plays-yards 63-306 58-327
Rushes-yards 25-39 39-208
Passing yards 267 119
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 19-38-1 13-19-0
Time of possession 28:59 31:01
Team Category Player Statistics
Montana Passing Cole Bergquist 19-36, 267 yds, 1 INT
Rushing Chase Reynolds 12 car, 47 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Marc Mariani 7 rec, 172 yds
Richmond Passing Eric Ward 12-18, 96 yds, 1 TD
Rushing Josh Vaughan 23 car, 162 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Tre Gray 6 rec, 44 yds

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References

  1. ^ "Richmond Spiders @ Montana Grizzlies". vegasinsider.com. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Montana vs Richmond". caasports.com. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "On The Air". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 19, 2008. p. D2. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Montana vs. Richmond - Play-By-Play". ESPN. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Montana vs. Richmond - Game Summary". ESPN. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Richmond vs. Montana (box score)". Great Falls Tribune. Great Falls, Montana. December 20, 2008. p. 20. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.

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