Delaware Stays Out of Reach for Rhody

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HOW IT HAPPENED

Rhode Island (0-7, 0-4 CAA Football) jumped out quickly with a touchdown on the first possession of the game and had its biggest scoring output of the season, but No. 22 Delaware responded with 33 unanswered points en route to a 47-24 victory Saturday.

The Blue Hens (5-2, 2-2 CAA Football) was led by running back Andrew Pierce, who rushed 18 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second straight week an opponent has gained at least 140 yards on the ground, as Georgia State's Donald Russell had 201 yards rushing last week.

Rhode Island got a pair of touchdown catches from Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who finished with eight catches for 91 yards and the two scores. It wasn't enough, as the Rams fell for the ninth straight time, dating back to last season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Wide receiver Robbie Jackson caught a 6-yard touchdown catch on Rhode Island's opening drive. It was the first catch of Jackson's career at Rhode Island. He finished the game with four catches for 31 yards.
  • Senior wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell caught his second and third touchdown passes of the season in the fourth quarter. He led the Rams with eight catches for 91 yards, and added 120 kick return yards.
  • Junior quarterback Bob Bentsen completed 19-of-27 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns passes.
  • Sophomore quarterback Danny Fenyak had his first career touchdown pass. He finished 7-of-12 for 61 yards.
  • Senior tight end Joe Migliarese had six catches for 60 yards. 
  • Sophomore wide receiver Theo Russell made his first career reception, a 3-yard grab.
  • Freshman Rondell Lane had his first career fumble recovery in the third quarter. The fumble was forced by junior cornerback Mackenzie Elliott and led to a Rhode Island touchdown. Lane also had an interception that was erased by a penalty and a career-high six tackles.
  • Junior James Timmins led the Rams with a career-high 10 tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Linebacker Andrew Bose had eight tackles (6 solo), including one for a loss.
  • Defensive back Andre' Scott had a career-high nine tackles.
  • Fullback Justin Favreau had a strong game on special teams, making two tackles and forcing a fumble.
  • The crowd of 18.672 was the largest Rhode Island has played in front of this season.

CAPTAINS FOR THE GAME
Guard Kyle Elliott, defensive tackle Damen Vargas, wide receiver Billy Morgan and wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell served as the team captains for the game.

STAT OF THE DAY

Rhode Island scored 17 points in the second half, which was more than it had scored after halftime in the previous six games combined.

WHAT'S NEXT
Rhode Island returns home to host New Hampshire, which was ranked No. 12 in the Sports Network and No. 14 in the FCS Coaches Poll entering the weekend. The Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 CAA Football) defeated Maine 28-21 Saturday.