Albany opened the game taking full advantage of a partisan crowd of just over 6,000. It took the Panthers just two plays to find the end zone on a 30-yard pass from Albany QB Darnell Kennedy to Antwone Cutts. Albany kicker Ryan Gates made the extra point, then added an uno to put Albany ahead 8-0.
Richmond answered back quickly, scoring on the team’s third play from scrimmage when All-PIFL QB Antwon Young hooked up with WR Jason Lovett on a 35 yard toss. Richmond’s All-PIFL kicker, T.C. Stevens, missed the extra point, however, making the score 8-6.
Albany out-scored Richmond for the next few series to the point that Richmond trailed by a deficit of 16 points early in the second period. By halftime the Raiders had cut that lead to six.
The score was Albany 36, Richmond 30 at the half. Richmond received the second half kickoff and the Raiders drove to the Albany 12-yard line. A touchdown seemed imminent when Young tossed a swing pass to running back Jordan Pavlison. who was hit hard near the goal line and fumbled. Albany's Antwone Cutts returned the fumble 42 yards for a 43-30 lead.
The Raiders fortunes went further south midway through the third quarter when Richmond’s star QB, Antwon Young, was ejected from the game for a 2nd unsportsmanlike conduct foul.
Richmond backup QB, James Steadman, performed capably despite having attempted only five passes in Richmond's first 13 games. He stepped off the bench and led the Raiders to two quick scores to tie the game at 43.
But Albany scored again, and on the following Richmond possession, Steadman was intercepted by defensive back Damian Daniels in what may have been the deciding play of the game.
Steadman scored on a one-yard TD run with 1:20 remaining to cut Albany’s 14-point fourth-quarter lead in half, but a Ryan Gates’ field goal with 27 seconds left gave the Panthers enough of a cushion to hang on. Richmond’s Herb Jones caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Steadman with no time left on the clock, but it was too little too late.
The Raiders finished the season 11-3, having to settle for PIFL runner-up status but reaching a franchise high in wins as well as home victories in a season with seven.