The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-2) took advantage of a turnover for its opening score, turning Brian Wittenberger's nine-yard interception return on Richmond's opening drive into a 43-yard field goal from Trever Austin with 12:49 left in the first quarter.
The start of Saturday's game was delayed more than one hour due to lightning - the second time in two weeks Gardner-Webb has been delayed by weather.
The Spiders (1-1) responded with a 32-yard field goal with 9:43 left to tie the game, and began to pull away when GWU coughed up the ensuing kickoff. Kendall Gaskins scored the first of his four touchdowns from one yard out and - after regaining possession - John Laub found Ben Edwards open for a 46-yard touchdown pass on first down to push the lead to 17-3.
Gaskins scored again from five yards away for a 24-3 score with 10:28 to play before halftime. Austin connected on another field goal, this time from 38 yards away, to trim the lead to 24-6 - but Laub found Gaskins open for a five-yard touchdown pass play with 6:31 left before the half for a 31-6 lead at intermission.
"We played a really good team tonight, and they absolutely whipped us up front," said Ron Dickerson, Jr. "We didn't do a good job of capitalizing on opportunties and they did a great job. When we made mistakes, they turned those into points."
The Spiders added 10 more points in the third quarter, with Gaskins bulling over for another short touchdown run for a 41-6 lead with 7:09 left on the clock.
A safety gave Gardner-Webb's final tally with 26 seconds remaining, when a bad snap got over the Richmond punter's head and resulted in a kick out of the back of the end zone.
Richmond piled up 439 yards on 75 offensive plays, averaging a healthy 5.9 yards per play in the game.
Laub was sharp through three quarters, connecting on 14-of-24 for 267 yards for two touchdowns, overcoming his early interception. Jovan Smith paced the ground game, carrying 11 times for 94 yards. Gaskins finished off much of that work with his three short touchdown runs and reception.
Gardner-Webb collected 247 total yards offensively, with Kenny Little carrying 13 times for 75 yards - with much of that production coming in the fourth quarter. Lucas Beatty completed 16-of-31 passes for 123 yards and an interception, finding Kenny Cook five times for 56 yards on the night.
Tanner Burch paced the Gardner-Webb defense with 10 total tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss and a pressure. Wittenberger had six tackles, recovered a fumble and picked off a pass for the 'Dogs.
The Runnin' Bulldogs return home to face a streaking Samford squad at 3:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Spangler Stadium.