Rhody Set to Host No. 1 James Madison Saturday

Rhody Set to Host No. 1 James Madison Saturday

THE BASICS
No. 1/1 James Madison at Rhode Island 
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. JAMES MADISON - SERIES NOTES

  • James Madison leads the all-time series, 9-3.
  • The last time the teams met was last season, when the Dukes defeated Rhode Island 84-7. Before that, the teams had not met since 2012.
  • James Madison has won each of the last seven meetings in the series.
  • Rhode Island is 2-3 when hosting the Dukes at Meade Stadium.
  • James Madison has been the consensus No. 1 team in the STATS FCS and the FCS Coaches Poll each week this season.
  • The last time the Rams hosted the defending national champion was in 2010, when they defeated No. 3 Villanova, 17-14.
  • Saturday will be Rhode Island's third game against a Top 25 team this season. The Rams have lost 21 straight against ranked opponents.
  • Rhode Island has played the No. 1 team in the country once before. On Nov. 1, 1997, the Rams fell 37-15 to top-ranked Villanova.

GINNETTI RECORDS THREE-SACK PERFORMANCE

  • Sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti had three of Rhode Island's seven sacks at Albany last week. It was the first three-sack game by a Rhode Island player since Isaiah Grier did so against Hofstra in 2001.
  • The seven sacks for the Rams were the most by the Rams since they had seven against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 10, 2005.
  • Redshirt senior Mike Ezirike had two sacks in the game at Albany.
  • He has three sacks over his last two contests and ranks sixth in the league with 1.25 tackles for loss per game.
  • Rhode Island has 24 sacks on the season, which is five sacks shy of the program record set by the 2005 team.
  • The Rams also allowed -7 yards at Albany, the lowest rushing total by an opponent in at least two decades.

BROWN HAS BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

  • Redshirt freshman Kwadir Brown had the best game of his career at Albany, recording seven tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recoovery, one interception and one pass break up.
  • The pass break up was his sixth of the season, which leads the team.
  • Redshirt sophomore Momodou Mbye is tied for the team lead with six break ups, while junior D.J. Stewart has five.
  • In 19 career games, Mbye has 14 pass break ups. He needs just one more to move into the program's top 10 all-time for career break ups.

 RAMS RECOVER YET ANOTHER FUMBLE

  • Redshirt freshman Kwadir Brown forced and recovered a fumble at Albany, the 10th fumble recovery by the defense this season.
  • Only Lamar (13), Howard (12), Charleston Southern (11) Albany (11) and Grambling (11) have forced more.
  • Redshirt sophomore cornerback Momodou Mbye leads the country with three recoveries. 

LAWSON IMPRESSSES AGAIN

  • Redshirt junior JaJuan Lawson  has been highly efficient on offense the last three weeks.
  • Lawson has completed 57.7 percent of his pass attempts (41-of-71) for 509 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions over the last three weeks.
  • He also has led the team with 204 rushing yards over the span.
  • He has thrown two touchdown passes in each of the last three games.
  • Against Elon two weeks ago, he set new career highs with 247 passing and 80 rushing yards.

 

ANCHOR DOWN

Each week, one player is chosen to be the team's anchor bearer. The anchor, which is prominently featured on the Rhode Island state flag, symbolizes the Rams' core values: accountability, productivity and persistence.

RECON-RAM OF THE WEEK

Each week, one player is chosen as the team's RECON-RAM of the Week for exceeding beyond the limitations set down by others.  This player sacrificed personal comforts and dedicated himself for the good of team by doing his job with great effort, mental attitude and passion.