The headline is accurate.
Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium hosted the 1942 Rose Bowl. It was feared the Japanese would launch an attack or raid on the West Coast soon after Pearl Harbor.
The home of the Blue Devils may as well be Richmond’s alternate home field. At least Duke made it close in this nail-biter of a contest – the victory wasn’t secured until the final play of the game. A desperation 60-yard field goal attempt by Duke’s All-American placekicker was a little short and wide.
There were about a thousand Spider fans in the visitor section. Total attendance was about 33,000 on a somewhat humid evening.
The biggest question for the Spiders going into the contest was answered. Would Aaron Corp shake off the effects of his season-ending knee injury from last year?
The answer was what Richmond fans wanted to hear. The former Trojan quarterback engineered two impressive second half touchdown drives, both coming after Duke scores.
Defense dominated the game for most of the first half. Both teams’ secondaries prevented the quarterbacks from going deep and broke up several excellent pass plays.
Richmond’s free safety Taylor Cooper was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week. He made fourteen tackles, nine unassisted.
Cooper was a starter for Georgia Tech, but he developed a heart problem which sidelined him for a season. After successful medical treatment, he was cleared to return but did not get sufficient playing time. He searched for a FCS program and liked Richmond’s academic and athletic reputations. We are glad to have him.