The Spiders were led by fourth-year head coach Dave Clawson. Richmond finished the regular season with a 9–2 overall record and 7–1 record in conference play, sharing the CAA title with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With Massachusetts having won the CAA's automatic berth to the FCS playoffs on a coin flip, the Spiders were awarded an at-large playoff berth. At home they defeated Eastern Kentucky, and then on the road, Richmond beat Wofford. In the semifinals, Richmond fell on the road to eventual national champion Appalachian State.