Rams Hang Tough, but Fall to No. 12 New Hampshire

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Rhode Island (0-8, 0-5 CAA Football) showed an ability to move the ball, but could not keep up with the high-powered offense of No. 12 New Hampshire in a 40-2? loss in CAA Football action Saturday.

Sophomore wide receiver Robbie Jackson got the Homecoming crowd of 5127 excited early with a 77-yard reception, the Rams longest play from scrimmage this season. Rhode Island played the Wildcats (7-2, 5-1 CAA Football) tight through the first quarter, which ended with New Hampshire up 9-6.

However, the Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to go into the break with a 26-6 lead. The Wildcats finished with 481 total yards of offense, scoring five touchdowns, three on the ground and two more through the air to pull away from the Rams.


  • Wide receiver Robbie Jackson's 77-yard reception in the first quarter was Rhode Island's longest play from scrimmage this season. It was Rhody's longest pass play since a 79-yard pass from Jeff Weaver to Steve Jacobs against Villanova on Nov. 21, 1998. Jackson finished with 108 receiving yards, becoming the first 100-yard receiver for the Rams since Brandon Johnson-Farrell (100) and Anthony Baskerville (147) both topped the century mark against Delaware on Oct. 22, 2011.
  • Brandon Johnson-Farrell caught his third touchdown pass in two weeks. His 12-yard scoring grab was the 10th of his career. He finished with nine catches for 92 yards.
  • Quarterback Bob Bentsen rushed for a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter, his second rushing touchdown of the season and third of his career. Bentsen rushed for a career-best 77 yards.
  • Bentsen also completed a career-high 24 passes for 266 yards.
  • Running back Jordan Sebastian rushed for a career-high 88 yards. 
  • Rhode Island's 192 rushing yards were a season high, besting the 104 yards gained against Georgia State.
  • Justin Favreau forced and recovered a fumble that led to Rhode Island first score of the game. It was the second forced fumble in as many weeks for Favreau.
  • Greg Doutre recorded the first sack of his career in the second quarter, and added a fumble recovery in the second half.
  • Linebacker Connor Caponegro and safety Tim Wienclaw each posted career highs in tackles with seven and eight, respectively.

193 – The number career catches for Brandon Johnson-Farrell, moving him by Cy Butler for No. 2 on Rhode Island's all-time list. He needs seven more to join Brian Forster (284) as the only Rams to have 200 or more catches.