Richmond beats William & Mary in OT

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP)—Andrew Howard’s 37-yard field goal on the second possession of overtime lifted Richmond to a 23-20 victory against William and Mary on Saturday and into the FCS playoffs.

William & Mary, which had a 39-yard field goal attempt blocked to end the extra period’s first series, will have to wait until today’s selection show to see if it makes the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Tribe (7-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) had just 12 yards on 24 plays in the first half, but outgained the Spiders (9-3, 6-2) 235-120 in the second half to rally from a 20-0 deficit.

Derek Cox returned a punt 80 yards for a score to pull the Tribe within 20-13 with 3:02 to play and, after a successful onside kick, William & Mary drove 59 yards on 10 plays to tie the game on Jake Phillips’ 1-yard sneak with 18 seconds left.

Phillips, who came into the game third in school history in career passing yardage (7,167), career touchdowns (57) and career total yards (7,782), threw four first-half interceptions and six for the game. But he completed a 7-yard pass on fourth-and-2 on William and Mary’s final drive.

The Tribe got the ball first in overtime and appeared to pick up a first down on Phillips’ completion to Chase Hill inside the 15-yard line. But officials ruled Hill, who seemed to lose the ball after he hit the ground, didn’t make the catch.

That set up Brian Pate’s 39-yard field goal try, which Sherman Logan blocked.

The Spiders gained 5 yards on their next possession before Howard’s game-winning kick.

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