November 16, 2013

Rams Fall at Maine to Close Out Season

How it Happened
Rhode Island (3-9, 2-6 CAA Football) was shut out for the second straight week as it fell 41-0 at Maine in its season finale Saturday.

Maine (10-1, 7-0 CAA Football) clinched its first CAA Football title with the victory. The Black Bears clinched an an automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs, and they have now won 12 straight FCS contests.

Maine quarterback Mark Wasilewski three three first half touchdown passes as Maine established a 31-0 lead before the break. Wasilewski – who finished 22-of-26 for 307 yards – has 14 touchdown passes and no interceptions over his last six games. Running back Rickey Stevens added a 90-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 1-yard scoring rush in the third quarter.

Inside the Box Score

  • Kick returner Mackenzie Elliott had six returns for 117 yards. He finished the season with 878 yards, the second most for a season in school history, behind only Brandon Johnson-Farrell's 907 in 2008.
  • Kolt Peavey made his first career start at quarterback in place of Bob Bentsen (concussion). Peavey finished 10-of-28 for 173 yards and one interception.
  • Bentsen finished his career fourth in school history in passing yards (4,359) and touchdown passes (25).
  • Wide receiver Robbie Jackson caught a 28-yard pass in the second quarter for his 60th reception of the season. He became the first Ram in 18 seasons to reach 60 in a season. Cy Butler had 60 in 1995.
  • Wide receiver Jawaun Wynn led the team with three receptions for 81 yards.
  • Defensive tackle Josh Moody set a personal best in his final game, leading the Rams with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
  • Defensive end James Timmins tied Moody for the team lead with eight tackles, including .5 for a loss. He finished his career with 32 tackles for loss, which ranks fifth in school history.
  • Freshman Adam Parker had seven tackles, including two tackles for loss.

Stat of the Day
90 – Maine's Rickey Stevens had a 90-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Rhode Island this season. It also was the fifth run of 70 yards or more by an opponent this year.

What's Next
Rhode Island's 2013 season is finished. The Rams will open the 2014 season at Marshall on Sept. 6, 2014.