October 27, 2012

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

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HOW IT HAPPENED
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.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • 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.

STAT OF THE DAY
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. 

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