Randall, Defense Combine to Beat Raiders
ROCHESTER, NY: Typically Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia are rivals on and off the field, competing for players from across the state and wins against each other. This afternoon, two products from these schools combined to lead the Richmond Revolution to a dramatic victory on the road against the Rochester Raiders, 40-33.
Quarterback Bryan Randall (Virginia Tech) and RB Brandon Isaiah (UVA) combined to move the ball 45 yards over a period of 3:10 to take the lead 38-33 with only 11 seconds left on the clock. Isaiah had 5 carries for 28 yards in the final drive, taking some much needed time off of the clock, and Randall completed 2 passes to WR Antwun Williams (VSU) for 16 yards, including the clinching touchdown pass. The drive was capped off by a successful 2 point conversion to WR/QB Rodney Landers (JMU) to make the final score 40-33.
"I'm really glad our offense responded at the end of the game," said Revolution Head Coach Steve Criswell. "In the end you need to make plays to win the game and we did just that."
The Revolution got out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first quarter off a 23 yard field goal from K Chris Segaar (Va. Tech) and an 18 yard touchdown pass to Revolution newcomer WR Larry Williams (WVU).
The lead would change hands 6 more times throughout the game as the Raiders and Revolution traded punches throughout the second and third quarters. Segaar's second field goal pulled the Revolution to within 1 point with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter. A 12 yard touchdown run by Rochester's RB Jamil Porter put the Raiders up by their largest margin of the day, 33-25, capping off a 20 point quarter for the home team.
The Revolution defense made sure it was the last points that were scored against them, forcing three interceptions in the fourth quarter, shutting out the Raiders.
In a period of just over three minutes during the fourth quarter, the two teams traded interceptions twice with the Revolution's LB Louis Corum (Shepherd) and DB Demarcus James picking off Rochester QB Omar Baker, stalling Raider drives. James' interception was his IFL leading sixth of the season, and his third in the past 2 games. The Revolution defense would come up big once more during the fourth quarter, forcing the Raiders into a fourth and 5 at the Revolution 19 yard line, and then blocking the ensuing field goal attempt, sending it wide right.
The Revolution would take over at their own 5 yard line and use up almost the entire clock for their game winning drive. Randall's touchdown pass to Williams was his fifth of the game, and 25th of the season, moving him into second place in the league, next to 2009 IFL MVP Chris Dixon of the Billings Outlaws. Williams would pace the Revolution receiving corps, once again playing without WR Damon "Redd" Thompson, with 8 receptions for 63 yards and 3 touchdowns. Williams is tied for 5th in the league now with 9 touchdown receptions and has moved into the top 10 in receiving yards, with a total of 329, and receptions, with 28.
The Revolution return home next weekend, for a game with the 0-5 Maryland Maniacs. The game is Saturday April 24th at 7:05 PM. The tailgate festivities begin at 4:30 PM behind the Arthur Ashe Center. The first 1,000 fans receive a mini-football courtesy of Papa Johns Pizza. The team follows the home game with a three game road trip to West Michigan and Maryland, and then back to West Michigan.
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