Strong Defensive Effort Not Enough as Rams Fall, 19-7

Strong Defensive Effort Not Enough as Rams Fall, 19-7

How it Happened
A few costly mistakes were the difference in the game as Rhode Island fell to Stony Brook 19-7 on Senior Day at Meade Stadium Saturday.

The SeaWolves (4-5, 2-5 CAA Football) scored the first points of the game when Ousmane Camara sacked Rhody's Wesley McKoy in the end zone for a safety at 9:18 of the first quarter. On the ensuing possession, Stony Brook drove 65 yards on eight plays to take a 9-0 lead on a Conor Bednarski touchdown pass to Cal Daniels. A field goal in the second quarter pushed the lead to 12-0.

Rhode Island (1-9, 1-6 CAA Football) responded midway through the second quarter, taking advantage of a 10-yard Stony Brook punt that gave the Rams a first-and-10 at the SeaWolves' 21. On fourth-and-2, McKoy drew the defense offside, but rather than take the first down, he alertly capitalized on the free play and found Charlie McKeeman in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to make it 12-7.

Following another defensive stop and poor punt by Stony Brook, Rhode Island had the ball at the SeaWolves' 43 with 2:05 left in the half. On first down, Harold Cooper broke down the right sideline for an apparent 43-yard touchdown run. However, a holding call at the line brought the play back and prevented Rhody from taking the lead.

Despite the tough break, the Rams defense continued to keep URI in the game. The score remained 12-7 until less than a minute remained in the third quarter. Stony Brook's Kye Morgan blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown for the final points of the day.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Tim Wienclaw forced a fumble for the eighth time in his career in the first quarter, setting a new Rhode Island record. Wienclaw broke the record of seven, set by Lou D'Agostino (1994-95).
  • Wienclaw also had 10 tackles, including one sack. He moved into sixth place in program history and needs just one more stop for 300 in his career.
  • Freshman Justin Hogan made his first career start at linebacker and finished with a game-high 12 tackles. 
  • Defensive tackle Jose Duncan had a career-high eight tackles, including three tackles for loss.
  • Linebacker Tez Wilson had three tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass break up.
  • Cornerback Myles Holmes has five tackles and broke up his ninth pass of the year. With one pass break up next week at Towson, he would become just the second player in program history to have at least 10 break ups in two different seasons, joining Chuck Wesley (11 in both 1999 and 2001). 
  • Defensive ends Anthony St. Laurent and Joe Simon combined for seven tackles. Simon had one tackle for loss.
  • Rhode Island held Stony Brook to 2-of-14 on third down conversion attempts. The Rams stopped the SeaWolves on the first 10 third-down plays Stony Brook ran. 
  • Tight end Charlie McKeeman's touchdown catch was the fourth of his career and the first of the season. He led the Rams with four catches.
  • Harold Cooper finished with 149 all-purpose yards, his seventh straight game with at least 100.
  • Stony Brook's defense had six sacks, the first time this season a Rhody opponent had more than two in a game. 
  • Senior defensive end Joe Simon was the game captain, while sophomore running back Harold Cooper served as the anchor bearer.
  • Before the game, Rhode Island honored 23 seniors who were playing their final home game.
  • Attendance for the game was 2643.

Stats of the Game
– Safety Tim Wienclaw set a Rhode Island record by forcing a fumble for the eighth time in his career. He had two in 2013, four last season and two so far this year.

20 – Cornerback Myles Holmes broke up the 20th pass of his career, moving into a tie for fifth in program history with Guy Carbone (1983-85).

What's Next
Rhode Island closes out the 2015 season with a game at Towson Saturday, Nov. 21. Game time is 2 p.m.