October 5, 2013

Rams Fall 31-14 to Brown in Governor's Cup

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How it Happened

Rhode Island (2-4) gave up a touchdown just before the half, and was never able to recover in a 31-14 loss to Brown Saturday. The game was the 1,000th game in URI history.

Brown (2-1) won for the third straight year in the annual Governor's Cup, the state's unofficial state championship game. After Rhode Island tied the score 7-7 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Bob Bentsen to Robbie Jackson with 1:19 to go in the first quarter, Brown scored 24 unanswered points.

The Bears scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, as John Spooney broke off a 73-yard sprint through a big hole in the Ram defense. It was the longest play Rhode Island has allowed this season. Spooney added a second touchdown run in the second quarter.

Brown rushed for 251 yards and passed for an additional 220. The Bears averaged 7.4 yards per carry for the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Bob Bentsen's first quarter touchdown pass to Robbie Jenkins was the 20th of his career, making him the sixth player in school history to reach the mark. Bentsen joined Tom Ehrhardt (78), Chris Hixon (55), Derek Cassidy (31), Dave Grimsich (24), Tony Squitieri (23) on the list.
  • Bentsen scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter, his second touchdown rush of the season.
  • Jackson led the Rams with five receptions for 39 yards.
  • Wide receiver Selwyn Nicholas had his first two career receptions. He also drew a pass interference penalty in the second quarter. Nicholas was a defensive back for his first two seasons with the Rams.
  • Running back Justin Semmes gained 64 yards on just six carries before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury.
  • Defensive back Tim Wienclaw led the defense with nine tackles, including one for a loss. Eight of his tackles were solo stops.
  • Linebacker Dave Zocco had eight tackles, including one for a loss. Zocco also broke up a pass in the end zone.
  • Cornerback Mackenzie Elliott had seven solo tackles, while defensive back Doug Johnson had six tackles on the night.
  • Anthony DiPaula averaged 40.5 yards on six punts. Four of his punts landed inside the Brown 20.


Stat of the Day
8-of-16 – Brown converted 50 percent of its third-down conversion attempts. This helped the Bears hold the ball for more than 33 minutes, giving them a considerable time of possession advantage. Brown also converted its lone fourth down attempt.

Stat of the Day II
16 – Rhode Island and Brown have each won 16 games in the Governor's Cup series. The series began in 1981.

What's Next
After two straight non-conference games, Rhode Island returns to CAA Football action when it travels to New Hampshire Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is slated for noon. 

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