Rams Will Take on Brown in 1,000th Game in Program History

Rams Will Take on Brown in 1,000th Game in Program History



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SERIES HISTORY
Saturday's game marks the 98th meeting between Brown and Rhode Island, the most games Rhody has played against any opponent in its history. The series dates back to 1909, with Brown holding a 69-26-2 advantage. The Bears have won each of the last two meetings in the series, including last season's 17-7 victory in Kingston. Saturday's contest also is the 32nd meeting between Rhode Island and Brown in the Governor's Cup, which began in 1981. The Rams hold a 16-15 edge since the unofficial state championship game began being played.

1,000th GAME IN RHODE ISLAND HISTORY
The game at Brown Stadium Saturday is the 1,000th football game in the history of URI football. Fittingly enough, the game comes against Brown, Rhode Island's most common opponent. This is the 98th meeting between the schools, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all games in URI history. To celebrate the 1,000th game, Rhode Island fans were asked to vote in a series of Internet polls over the summer. The team was announced today, and many of the Rhody Grand Team selections will return to be honored at Meade Stadium at Homecoming against Delaware on Saturday, Oct. 26.

SNAPPING THE STREAK
Rhode Island's 42-7 victory over Central Connecticut State last week snapped a seven-game home losing streak for the Rams. The last time Rhody had won at Meade Stadium was a 24-21 win over No. 19 William & Mary on Saturday, Nov. 5.

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
Rhode Island forced five turnovers on defense last week against Central Connecticut State, and had a sixth turnover on offense thanks to a hustle play by fullback Justin Favreau in which he forced a fumble on the same play after CCSU had forced and recovered a Rhody fumble. With the six forced turnovers in Week 5, Rhode Island now is ranked fourth in CAA Football in turnover margin at +2. The Rams had interceptions from Doug Johnson, Andre Scott, Tim Wienclaw and Tyrone Jenkins to go with fumble recoveries by Wienclaw and Favreau.  Rhode Island has produced nine turnovers this season (5 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries). In 2012, the Rams had 10 turnovers for the season (2 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries).

PICK-6 FOR JENKINS
Cornerback Tyrone Jenkins had his first career interception last week and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. It was the first Rhode Island interception return for a touchdown since Jarrod Williams did so against Villanova on Nov. 6, 2010.

IN THE ZONE
One area Rhode Island's defense has vastly improved is in the red zone. In 2012, opponents scored more than 94 percent of the time (49-of-52) once they got inside the Ram 20-yard line. This season, opponents are only converting 61.1 percent (11-of-18) of the time in the red zone. Only seven of those trips have resulted in touchdowns for the opposition. Rhode Island ranks second in CAA Football in red zone defense behind only national power Towson.

BOSE SECOND IN CONFERENCE IN TACKLES
Rhode Island linebacker Andrew Bose had 12 tackles against Central Connecticut last week, giving him three consecutive games with 10 or more tackles. He is averaging 10.4 tackles per game, the second most among all CAA Football players. Only James Madison's Stephon Robertson, who has 61 tackles in five games, is averaging more stops at 12.2 per game. Bose has 52 tackles on the season.

SETTING THE EDGE
Senior James Timmins has started 22 consecutive games at defensive end for Rhode Island, the longest active streak on the team. In 36 career games, Timmins has 102 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. Timmins is fourth in CAA Football with 1.4 tackles for loss per game this season. Timmins has seven tackles for loss through five games. He also ranks fifth among the league's defensive linemen with an average of 4.2 tackles per game. He had four tackles, including two for loss, last week. He now ranks eighth in school history in tackles for loss.

APPLYING PRESSURE
Through five games this season, Rhode Island has nine quarterback sacks, which is tied for the fourth most in CAA Football. Seven different players have been in on the act, as defensive ends James Timmins, Shomari Watts, Wayne Seaton and Blake Jones, linebackers Dave Zocco and Andrew Bose, and defensive tackle Josh Moody have all gotten to the quarterback at least once this season. In 2012, the Rams had nine sacks for the entire season.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Senior free safety Andre Scott tied a Rhode Island school record by breaking up four passes in the Week 4 win over Albany. He is the third Ram to achieve the mark, joining Keith Heinemann (vs. William & Mary, Oct. 13, 2001) and Anthony Offord (vs. Massachusetts, Nov. 23, 2002). He recorded his first career interception against CCSU and is tied for second in CAA Football with five pass break-ups.

GETTING TO THE POINT
Rhode Island's defense is allowing 23 points per game, which ranks seventh in CAA Football. This is more than a two-touchdown improvement per game from last season, when the Rams allowed an average of 39.3 points per game. One of the biggest areas of improvement in the passing defense, where Rhody is ranked third in CAA Football. The Rams are giving up 189 passing yards per game. A year ago, 50 yards more per game through the air at 239.5 yards per contest. The defense also is third in the conference at stopping opponents on third down. The Ram defense is getting off the field 63 percent of the time on third downs this season.

BENTSEN CRACKS TOP 5 ALL TIME IN PASSING YARDS
With 168 passing yards against Central Connecticut State last week, senior quarterback Bob Bentsen now has 3,493 career passing yards, moving him past Kevin Neville (3,463) for fifth in Rhode Island history. He is just the 10th player in school history to reach 3,000 passing yards, and the first since Derek Cassidy in 2008. Ahead of Bentsen are Tony Squitieri (3,730), Cassidy (5,005), Tom Ehrhardt (8,378) and Chris Hixon (8,407).

HE GETS IT DONE WITH HIS FEET, TOO
In Week 4 at William & Mary, senior quarterback Bob Bentsen became the third player in Rhode Island history to reach both 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in a career. Bentsen now has 3,493 passing yards and 582 rushing yards, putting him in the 3,000/500 club along with Jayson Davis and Derek Cassidy. Davis had 3,118 passing yards and 2,901 rushing yards, making him the only Ram to rank in the school's top 10 in passing and rushing yards. Cassidy had 5,005 passing yards and 643 rushing yards.

MOVING UP THE RANKS
With touchdown passes to freshman wide receiver Andrew Matos and senior fullback Justin Favreau last week, senior quarterback Bob Bentsen moved into a tie for sixth place in school history with Larry Caswell with 19 touchdown passes. Bentsen needs one more to become the sixth player in school history with 20 or more touchdown passes.

ON TARGET
Quarterback Bob Bentsen is the most accurate passer in school history. Bentsen has completed 59.2 percent of his throws (341-of-576). He has two of the top six single-season completion percentages in school history. In 2011, he hit on 59.6 percent (93-of-156) and last year he completed 58.3 percent (162-of-278). This season he has completed 60.6 percent of his attempts.

RHODE ISLAND BORN, RHODE ISLAND BRED
When Bob Bentsen (Warwick, R.I.) started against Delaware on Oct. 22, 2011, it was the first time a Rhode Island native started at QB for the Rams since Steve Holland (Narragansett) did so against Towson (9/12/92).

CATCHING ON
Wide receiver Robbie Jackson is tied for fifth among CAA Football receivers with an average of 6.0 receptions per game. He leads Rhode Island and is fourth in the league in total receptions with 30. In Week 4, Jackson had a career-high 11 catches at William & Mary. He is just two catches shy of 50 for his career.

WHAT A RUSH
Through five games this season, Rhode Island has rushed for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. This is a significant improvement from 2012, when the Rams had just 882 rushing yards one touchdown on the ground by a running back for the season. This year, running backs Robbie Delgado, Jordan Sebastian and Justin Semmes have combined for seven rushing touchdowns.

LINE THEM UP
Rhode Island has allowed just four sacks this season, an average of 0.8 per game. That is the second lowest total in the conference. Towson, Delaware and William & Mary have each allowed three sacks thus far. The line is allowing one sack per every 35.75 pass attempts. The line has paved the way for the Rams to average 172 rushing yards per game, a considerable improvement from the team's 80.2 average per game in 2012. Kevin Mustac, Andrew Kestenbaum, Jeff Kennedy, Andrew Belizaire, Tyler Catalina and John Greenhalgh have all seen significant action up front in the first five games.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
The 42 points scored by Rhode Island in Week 5 against Central Connecticut was the most points by the Rams in one game since a 55-42 loss to New Hampshire on Oct. 24, 2009, a span covering 40 games.

SEMMES TOPS 100 YARDS
Making his second staight start, transfer Justin Semmes notched his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5. He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and leads the team with three rushing touchdowns.A graduate student, Semmes came to Rhode Island for his final season of eligibility after he helped Miami (OH) win the MAC Championship in 2010. In three seasons there, he appeared in 34 games, carrying 58 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught three touchdown passes.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Freshman Andrew Matos started each of his first three career games, and is averaging a team-best 63.0 all-purpose yards per game. He has 161 receiving yards and 154 kick return yards through five games, and he leads the team with two touchdown receptions.

JACK OF ALL TRADES
Wide receiver Jawaun Wynn has 275 all-purpose yards. He is second on the team with 168 receiving yards, second with 62 kick return yards and sixth in rushing yards with 45.

KICKING IT
Junior Dylan Smith made six extra points in Week 5 against Central Connecticut State, becoming the ninth player in school history to make that many in one game. Smith made a pair of field goals at Albany, including a career-long make of 45 yards. It was the second time this season he has made two field goals in a game, as Smith also had makes of 42 yards and 31 yards at Fordham. With four field goals and nine extra points, Smith leads Rhode Island with 21 points.