No. 7 Spiders come up short against No. 3 Sam Houston St.

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WACO, TX (WRIC) — The seventh ranked Richmond Spiders (0-1) got a record performance from senior quarterback Kyle Lauletta, and it still wasn’t enough to overcome the high-powered scoring of the third ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-0) Friday night.

Lauletta, playing his first game back from a torn ACL against William & Mary in 2016, set a single-game passing record with 546 yards. He passes Michael Strauss who threw 543 yards against Delaware in 2013. Lauletta also added five touchdowns to move into a tie for single-game record with Strauss.

The Bearkats were led by their senior quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, on the Walter Peyton Award preseason watch list, with 411 passing yards and four touchdowns.

After a slow first quarter, Sam Houston State sparked to life midway through the second quarter with a 45 yard touchdown throw from Briscoe to Ragan Anderson giving the Bearkats a 21-6 lead. Coree Compton would later catch a 12 yard score on the next Bearkats possession following a three play, 84 yard drive that concluded in a Gordon Collins 13 yard Spiders touchdown.

The turning point came at the end of the first half, Navone Gurley blocked a D.J. Helkowski punt and recover it for a touchdown and a 41-20 halftime lead.

Despite outscoring the Bearkats 14-7 in the 2nd half, the Spiders comeback bid was broken up when Kyle Lauletta’s pass was intercepted by Joshua Price with 2:08 left to play in regulation. It was Lauletta’s second interception of the game.

The Richmond Spiders return home briefly before heading back out on the road Saturday, September 9th to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m. in Hamilton, NY.