HOW IT HAPPENED
Rhode Island (0-4) was unable to match the weaponry of Bowling Green, falling to the FBS school 48-8 Saturday.
The Falcons (2-3) opened scoring on an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by BooBoo Gates, the fourth longest punt return in Bowling Green history. Before the break, the Falcons scored four more touchdowns to open a 34-8 lead heading into the break.
Running back Anthon Samuel had the first three-touchdown game of his career for Bowling Green, finishing with 127 yards on 17 attempts. Wide receiver Chris Gallon caught a pair of scoring strikes from quarterback Matt Schilz in the first half. The 48 points by Bowling Green was the most by an opponent since New Hampshire beat the Rams 55-42 in 2009.
Rhode Island was able to make it 20-8 in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Robbie Delgado, but that was as close as the Rams got.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Running back Robbie Delgado's 2-yard rushing touchdown was the first on the ground this season for the Rams. It also was the first touchdown of Delgado's career.
- Wide receiver Billy Morgan had a team-high five catches for 50 yards. Wide receiver Tyler Dunham made his first career start as Rhode Island opened in a three-receiver set.
- Freshman Xavier Ferland made the first catch of his career, a 6-yard grab in the second quarter.
- Rhode Island rushed for a season-best 96 yards as a team.
- Safety Clement Ani finished with nine tackles. He now has 36 on the season, getting exactly nine in each of the first four games this season.
- Linebacker Ali Muhammad tied Ani for the team lead with nine stops.
- Defensive tackle Josh Moody had two pass break-ups at the line of scrimmage.
- David Hansen had a fumble recovery for Rhode Island in punt coverage in the first quarter.
- Cornerback Mackenzie made his first career start on defense and finished with six tackles and one pass break-up.
- Sophomore Theo Russell's 18-yard punt return in the second quarter was the longest of the season for the Rams.
CAPTAINS FOR THE DAY
Rhode Island's team captains for the game were senior defensive lineman Shomari Watts, senior wide receiver Billy Morgan and junior linebacker Mike Henderson.
STAT OF THE DAY
123 – All-purpose yards gained by wide receiver Billy Morgan. He had 50 receiving yards and 73 kick return yards. It is the third time in four games this season he has surpassed 100 all-purpose yards.
Rhode Island returns home for its annual Governor's Cup battle with in-state rival Brown on Saturday, Oct. 6. It will be the 97th meeting all time between the teams.