McCombs' Career Day Not Enough as Rams Fall at Stony Brook

McCombs' Career Day Not Enough as Rams Fall at Stony Brook

(photo credit Bob O'Rourk/Stony Brook Athletics)

How it Happened
Senior Lyle McCombs rushed for the third-highest single-game total in Rhode Island history, but it was not enough as the Rams fell 35-14 at Stony Brook Saturday.

As has been the case for much of the season, Rhode Island Rhode Island (0-11, 0-7 CAA Football) played hard for three quarters, only to see Stony Brook (5-6, 4-3 CAA Football) put the game away late. Linebacker Julian Quinton's 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 6:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and Stacey Bedell's second touchdown of the game with 4:16 to go helped the Seawolves secure the victory.

McCombs – who had a 188 yards and a touchdown before halftime – finished the game with 202 rushing yards. Only Pat Abbruzzi (306 vs. New Hampshire in 1952) and David Jamison (260 vs. New Hampshire in 2001) have ever had more in one game for Rhode Island.

After giving up a 75-yard touchdown run by Stacey Bedell with 7:36 to go in the first quarter, Rhode Island responded with a six-play, 65-yard touchdown drive that was capped by McCombs' 24-yard touchdown run.

In the second quarter, Stony Brook scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Conor Bednarski to Will Tye. Rhode Island again responded on the very next possession when James Caparell ran it in from 9 yards out to finish an eight-play, 54-yard drive.

Stony Brook took the lead for good in the third quarter on a 5-yard scoring run by Macus Coker. This time the Rams were unable to respond, and Rhode Island fell for the 15 straight game overall.

Inside the Box Score

  • The previous career high for Lyle McCombs was 164 yards rushing against USF in 2013 while he played for Connecticut.
  • McCombs went over 3,000 career yards on his first carry of the day.
  • Linebacker Andrew Bose and safety Tim Wienclaw combined for 20 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
  • With 10 tackles, Bose moved into seventh place in school history with 284 tackles. He passed Ron Iannotti (277), Jared Elwell (279) and Mark Dennen (282) Saturday.
  • Sophomore Adam Parker had nine tackles and one tackle for loss. He now has 92 stops on the season. 
  • Rhode Island topped 200 yards rushing for the second straight game. The Rams had 208 against New Hampshire and 211 Saturday against the Seawolves. Stony Brook entered the game allowing a league-low 94.1 yards per game. 
  • Saturday marked just the third time this season the Seawolves have allowed a 100-yard rusher.
  • The last time Stony Brook allowed one player to rush for 200 yards was in 2006,with Central Connecticut's Justise Hairston had 217 yards on Nov. 11, 2006.
  • The last time one Rhode Island player rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games was Joe Casey in 2005. Casey had 172 at Villanova on Oct. 22, 2005 and 170 against Hofstra on Oct. 29, 2005.
  • Redshirt freshman Charlie McKeeman caught a pass in the first quarter to extend his streak to 11 straight games with at least one catch.
  • Both teams topped 200 yards rushing. Stony Brook ran for 264, while Rhode Island finished with 211.
  • By contrast, the teams both had just 89 passing yards. 
  • Attendance for the game was 5,010.

Stat of the Game
317 – Senior running back Lyle McCombs has rushed for 317 yards and three touchdown over the last two games.

What's Next
The Rams finish up the season with Senior Day at Meade Stadium head to Stony Brook for their final road game of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.