November 2, 2013

Old Dominion Rolls By Rams

How it Happened
Rhode Island (3-7) could not contain the Old Dominion passing game as quarterback Taylor Heinicke passed for four first-half touchdowns, helping defeat the Rams 66-14 Saturday.

Heinicke – the 2012 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year and the Walter Payton Award winner as the best player in the FCS – finished with a season-high six touchdown passes, matching the second most of his career. Heinicke had seven touchdown passes against Campbell in 2012. Heinicke was 28-of-35 for 293 yards and the six touchdowns through the air.

Old Dominion (6-3) had 633 yards of offense, passing for 348 and rushing for an additional 285. This was the fourth time this season the Monarchs have scored 50 or more points in a game.

Inside the Box Score

  • James Timmins had a tackle for loss in the first quarter, giving him 31.5 for his career. He is fifth in school history and needs 1.5 more to tie Lou D'Agostino for fourth place. Timmins also forced a fumble and had a pair of quarterback hurries.
  • Freshmen Naiquan Thomas and Adam Parker each made their first career starts for the Rhode Island defense. The Rams were without linebackers Andrew Bose and Dave Zocco, as well as defensive back Doug Johnson.
  • Thomas finished with a career-high 11 tackles. He entered the day with five tackles in seven games.
  • Parker finished with 10 tackles, matching/setting a new career high. His previous best was eight tackles against Richmond in Week 8.  
  • Wide receiver Ross Kim had a career-high 84 receiving yards on three receptions, including a 41-yard touchdown pass from Bob Bentsen in the second quarter. It was the first touchdown of Kim's career, and the longest pass play of the season for Rhode Island
  • With two catches, Robbie Jackson now has a team-best 58 receptions through 10 games. He is tied with Dameon Reilly (1984) for the ninth-best single-season total in school history. His second catch of the day was a 16-yard touchdown grab, his fifth score of the season.
  • Eerin Young finished with 60 rushing yards on 12 carries. It was the third consecutive week Young has set a new career high. He had 49 yards last week against Delaware, and 44 rushing yards in Week 8 against Richmond.
  • With two touchdown passes, Bob Bentsen moved by Tony Squitieri and Dave Grimsich into fourth place in school history with 25 scoring strikes for his career.
  • Defensive end Shomari Watts had a career-high seven tackles, including five solo stops.
  • Josh Gross set new career highs with four receptions for 40 yards.
  • Anthony DiPaula had a strong day on special teams, averaging 43.75 yards on eight punts. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20. DiPaula added a pair of touchbacks on three kickoffs.

Stat of the Day
182 – Kick return yards for Mackenzie Elliott, setting a new personal best. Elliott now has 664 return yards this season, the sixth most in a season in school history.

Stat of the Day II
66 – The 66 points allowed is the most in school history.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to Kingston for its home finale when it hosts Villanova Saturday, Nov. 9, with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. Before the game, there will be a ceremony to honor the team's seniors.

 

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