How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1 CAA Football) battled tough for three quarters, but No. 13 Stony Brook was able to put the game away with two late touchdowns en route to a 24-0 victory over the Rams Saturday.
The Rams appeared to have momentum in the third quarter following a sequence in which the defense forced Stony Brook (1-0, 1-0 CAA Football) back for losses on three consecutive plays. A fumble for a 7-yard loss, a stop for minus-3 yards by Blake Jones and James Timmins and stop for an 8-yard loss by Timmins again pushed the Seawolves back. Robbie Jackson then broke off a 28-yard punt return to give Rhody a first-and-10 at the URI 43.
The Rams moved the ball to the Stony Brook 25 yard line, but lost the ball on downs. Stony Brook responded with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to effectively put the game away. The key play was a pass interference call against Rhode Island on a third-and-10 play. Stony Brook scored to go up 17-0 with less than 10 minutes to go.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior wide receiver Robbie Jackson had eight catches for 53 yards. Through two games, he has 15 receptions this season. Last year, he had 18 grabs in seven games.
- Jackson also had a 28-yard punt return in the third quarter.
- Freshman Andrew Matos had 116 all-purpose yards, finishing with 68 receiving yards and 48 kick return yards.
- For the second straight week, linebacker Dave Zocco led the defense with eight tackles. Fellow linebacker Andrew Bose also had eight stops.
- Despite two losses to open the season, Rhode Island has more first downs, rushing yardage and time of possession than the opposition. However, the Rams are minus-5 in the turnover department.
- James Timmins had seven tackles, including 3.5 for loss, plus a pass break-up
- After rushing for 277 yards in the opener, Rhode Island was held to 67 yards on the ground.
Stat of the Day I
Quarterback Bob Bentsen finished Saturday with 3,070 career passing yards, becoming the 10th player in school history to reach 3,000 career passing yards.
Rhode Island heads on the road for the first of two straight road night games. The Rams plays at Albany Saturday, Sept. 14 in the first-ever home game at Bob Ford Stadium.