Rhode Island Heads to No. 15/16 New Hampshire Saturday

Rhode Island Heads to No. 15/16 New Hampshire Saturday

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at New Hampshire 
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 23, 3:35 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. No. 15/16 NEW HAMPSHIRE - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Today is the 92nd meeting between Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The only schools Rhode Island has played more often are Brown (101 games), Maine (95) and Connecticut (93).
  • New Hampshire has won the last six meetings in the series, with Rhody's last victory over the Wildcats coming on Sept. 28, 2010 in a 28-25 win. 
  • In its last visit to New Hampshire, Rhode Island held a 17-0 lead at halftime in 2015, only to see the Wildcats rally for the victory.
  • This is Rhode Island's first game against a ranked opponent this season, as New Hampshire is ranked No. 15 in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 poll and No. 16 in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Rams are looking to snap a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents, dating back to a 24-21 win over No. 19 William & Mary in 2011.
  • Rhode Island is 14-81 all-time against ranked opponents.

DUNCAN LEADS CAA FOOTBALL IN SACKS 

  • Senior Jose Duncan recorded his second two-sack performance of the season in Rhody's 17-10 victory over Harvard last week. 
  • He also had a pair of sacks at Central Michigan in the season opener. Duncan leads all CAA Football players with 4.0 sacks through three games. 
  • Against Harvard, Duncan also forced a fumble for the second consecutive week, leading to Rhode Island's league-leading sixth fumble recovery of the season. 
  • Duncan now has four games in his career with at least 2.0 sacks, tying him with Frank Ferrara (1995-98) for the most two-sack games in program history. 
  • Tied for fifth in the league with 5.0 tackles for loss, Duncan has 17 total tackles this year.  
  • Duncan now has 11.0 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss in his career. He needs just 0.5 sacks to tie Dana Hart (2005-07) for 10th place in program history.

PARKER EXTENDS TOUCHDOWN STREAK TO FIVE 

  • Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Parker's 51-yard touchdown catch against Harvard marked the fifth consecutive game he has reached the end zone on a reception.
  • Parker joined Bobby Apgar, Brian Forster and Dameon Reilly as the only players in Rhode Island history to catch a touchdown pass in five consecutive games. 
  • Apgar had a seven-game streak in 1994, the longest in school history. He also had a streak of six games with a touchdown grab in 1995. 
  • Forster and Reilly each had a five-game streak in 1984. Reilly had a second five-game streak that stretched from 1984 to 1985, plus a six-game streak in 1985.
  • Overall, Parker has six touchdown catches in his last seven contests. He has caught at least one pass in 11 consecutive games.
  • Over that span, he has caught 26 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 25.4 yards per reception.
  • Parker ranks fourth among CAA Football players in receiving yards (268) and eighth in receptions (14). 
  • He is one of four players in the league with at least three touchdown catches. New Hampshire's Neil O'Connor, Villanova's Ryan Bell and Stony Brook's Ray Bolden are the other three. O'Connor leads the league with four touchdown catches.

COOPER FOURTH IN RUSHING YARDS

  • With 223 rushing yards through the first three games of the season, senior Harold Cooper ranks fourth in the conference.
  • Cooper has 1,849 career rushing yards, which ranks ninth in program history. 
  • He is just 151 yards shy of becoming the ninth Rhode Island player to reach 2,000 career rushing yards.
  • The last Ram to reach the mark was Joe Casey, who had 2,915 rushing yards from 2005-07.
  • Chris Poirier (2,217 from 1986-89) is one spot ahead of Cooper on Rhody's rushing list.
  • Cooper has four career 100-yard performances, including a career-best 155 yards at Elon on Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Cooper now has 10 career runs of 30 yards or more, with a career long of 70 yards on a rush against Elon (Nov. 12, 2016).

DEFENSE THIRD IN TAKEAWAYS

  • Rhode Island's defense has created seven takeaways through the first three weeks of the season, tying the Rams with Richmond for third best among CAA Football teams. Only Maine (10 takeaways) and Delaware (9) have more. 
  • The six fumble recoveries by the Rams is the most in CAA Football.
  • Rhode Island ranks second in the country in fumble recoveries. Only San Diego has more, with seven. 
  • Rhode Island already has matched its total number of fumble recoveries from last season.
  • Redshirt sophomore cornerback Momodou Mbye leads the team with two recoveries.

HARRIS THIRD IN PASSING YARDAGE 

  • Redshirt junior quarterback  Tyler Harris is third among CAA Football quarterbacks with an average of 234.7 passing yards per game.
  • With 704 passing yards through three weeks, Harris ranks 23rd in the county among FCS quarterbacks.
  • His five touchdown passes is tied for fifth most in the league.  
  • He passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns at Central Michigan in his first career start, the most passing yardage and touchdown passes by a player making his starting debut for the Rams.
  • Both numbers also represented the most ever by a Rhode Island player against an FBS opponent.
  • Harris scored his first career rushing touchdown last week against Harvard, plunging in from the 1-yard line.
  • He transferred to Rhode Island over the summer, coming to the Rams after three seasons with UCF.

DENTON CONTINUES TO PIN THEM DEEP

  • Freshman punter Satchel Denton leads CAA Football in both total punts and punts inside the opposing 20-yard line.
  • Of his 19 punts, Denton has placed nine inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
  • Opponents have had to fair catch 14 of Denton's 19 punts, as the Rams have allowed just one return through three games.
  • Denton is averaging 38.1 yards per punt, including a long punt of 56 yards.

MBYE FINDS HIS WAY TO THE BALL

  • Redshirt sophomore Momodou Mbye leads the Rams with three pass break ups on the season. 
  • In 14 career games, he now has 10 pass break ups. He needs just five more to move into the program's top 10 all-time.