RICHMOND, Va. -- The Columbus Lions scored 41 points in the fourth quarter to almost make up a 28-point deficit but lost to the second-place Richmond Raiders 74-64 Saturday night.
The Lions (5-4) had three turnovers in the third quarter, leading to their first scoreless quarter of the year.
Columbus quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for nine touchdown passes, including seven for more than 30 yards. Maurice Dupree had four touchdown catches. Gerald Gales had three. London Crawford had two.
Former Auburn kicker Chandler Brooks scored eight points for the Lions: four PATs, a field goal and an uno.
Late in the second quarter, after leading 23-22, the Lions gave up 29 unanswered points.
Columbus has bye next week, then returns to action June 2 at Louisiana.