An explosive second quarter and a record-setting defensive effort paved the way in which for No. 22/20 Rhode Island to beat in-state rival Bryant 35-21 Saturday evening.
Rhody scored 20 unanswered factors, utilizing a pair of huge strike passes to take the lead. The primary rating got here after a seven-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard landing run by Jaylen Smith. URI’s subsequent possession wanted simply two performs, as Kasim Hill linked with Ed Lee on a 78-yard landing cross that put the Rams in entrance for the primary time, 13-7, with 12:54 to go within the second. Later within the interval, Hill discovered Kahtero Summers for a 63-yard rating that Summers down the sideline for a 20-7 lead.
The Bulldogs scored simply earlier than the half on a 7-yard cross from Eckhaus to AC White to make it a one-score sport, 20-14, going into the break.
A dominant third quarter by the Rhode Island protection helped arrange a game-breaking rating. URI pressured a four-play turnover on downs on Bryant’s opening possession, which ended on a James Makszin sack. After Rhody’s ensuing possession stalled, Davey Schaum-Bartocci pinned the Bulldogs at their very own 3-yard line with a 47-yard boot. The protection pressured a punt, and a 16-yard punt return by Lee coupled with a private foul referred to as towards Bryant gave URI a first-and-10 on the Bulldog 19. Two performs later, Marques DeShields ran it in from 16 yards out for his second landing in as many video games with URI, placing his group up 27-14.
The protection dealt with issues from there. Rhode Island set a program report with 10 sacks, eight of which got here within the second half. Freshman A.J. Pena led the way in which with 3.5 sacks, tying L.B. Mack III for the second most by a URI participant in a single sport. Rhody almost held its second straight opponent scoreless within the second half, as Bryant didn’t rating once more till a comparatively inconsequential landing with 5:29 remaining that pulled the hosts inside 12 factors at 33-21.
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Seven Rams acquired into the sack column for the protection. Freshman linebacker A.J. Pena had 3.5, whereas fellow linebackers Jake Fireplace and Evan Stewart had been credited with 1.5 every. Attending to the quarterback had been linebacker Jarrett Martin, defensive deal with James Makszin and security Henry Yianakopolos every had one sack. Defensive deal with Westley Neal, Jr. acquired a half sack.
The ten sacks resulted in a web of negative-78 yards. That helped URI maintain Bryant to negative-7 yards speeding for the sport.
Fireplace’s fourth quarter sack led to a security for the Rams, the group’s first since Jarrett Martin recorded one at UAlbany final season. Fireplace led the group with 9 tackles, together with 2.5 for loss.
Rhode Island’s protection held Bryant to simply 6-of-14 on third down and 0-for-1 on fourth down.
By means of two video games, the Rams have allowed simply seven factors within the second half.
Large receiver Ed Lee had his first profession 100-yard receiving sport, ending the evening with 5 catches for 135 and a landing. He has scored in every of the primary two video games.
Additionally scoring for the second straight week was operating again Marques DeShields, who had 107 yards and one landing on 16 carries.
Fellow again Jaylen Smith ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 9 carries. He additionally had one catch for 16 yards.
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Large receiver Kahtero Summers scored his first landing as a Ram on a 63-yard cross from Kasim Hill. Summers – who transferred from Saint Francis – has caught 10 landing passes in his final 11 video games general.
Linebacker Jarrett Martin had a sack and fumble restoration for the protection. Martin started his profession at Bryant.
Randy Jordan arrange Rhody’s first rating with a 31-yard kickoff return within the second quarter. He had a robust return sport, averaging 34.5 yards on 4 returns, with an extended of 48 yards.
Defensive again Syeed Gibbs made his collegiate debut, enjoying on particular groups and recording his first profession deal with on a third-quarter kickoff.
The sport captain was security Malik Gavek, whereas guard Nick Correia was the anchor bearer.
Rhode Island hosts Delaware in its residence opener Saturday, Sept. 17. The sport will kickoff at 1 p.m. on FloFootball.com