Rams Open Season at No. 15/16 Delaware Thursday Night

Photo Credit: Michael Salerno
Photo Credit: Michael Salerno

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at No. 15/16 Delaware
Kickoff: Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:00 p.m. EST
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OPENER TO BE STREAMED ON CBS Digital

  • Rhode Island's season opener at Delaware will be streamed live for free on College Sports Live/CBS Digital.
  • The game will be the CAA Football Game of the Week in its CBS Digital package.
  • Jeff McCarragher will handle the play-by-play, while Brandon Noble will be the color analyst.
  • Rhody's longtime radio team of Steve McDonald and Terry Lynch will have the call on 920 AM

RHODE ISLAND VS. DELAWARE - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Thursday will mark the 32nd meeting all time between Rhode Island and Delaware, with the Blue Hens holding a 22-9 edge in the series.
  • This is the first meeting between the schools since 2015, when Rhode Island blanked Delaware 20-0 on Oct. 10. It was the last time the Rams shut out an opponent.
  • Rhode Island is 3-14 all time at Delaware, with its last road win in the series coming in the 2001 season opener, a 10-7 victory on on Aug. 30. That was exactly 17 years ago from Thursday's game.
  • At the time, Delaware was ranked No. 4 in the country.
  • This is the eighth time Rhode Island and Delaware will meet in a season opener. Delaware has a 5-2 edge in the season-opening matchups. The Blue Hens won in 2001, 2000, 1986, 1985 and 1978. Rhode Island won in 2001 and 1961.

RAMS LOOK TO START THE SEASON FAST

  • The last time Rhode Island won its season opener was in 2009, a 41-28 victory over Fordham.
  • Rhode Island has not opened the season with a conference game since 2001, when it defeated No. 4 Delaware to start a seven-game winning streak.
  • Delaware is ranked No. 15 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and No. 16 in the FCS Coaches Poll. Rhode Island is 14-84 all time against ranked opponents
  • Rhody's last win over a top 25 team was a 24-21 win over William & Mary on Nov. 5, 2011.
  • The Rams finished the 2017 season by winning two of its final four games. A victory Thursday night would mark the first time Rhody has won three times in a five-game span since 2010, when it won three of the final four games the season.

PARKER ENTERS 2018 ON 18-GAME STREAK

  • Junior wide receiver Aaron Parker has caught at least one pass in each of his last 18 games.
  • He led Rhody with 51 receptions, and was the first Ram to catch 50 in a season since Robbie Jackson caught 61 passes in 2013.

WILSON MOVING UP THE RANKS

  • Senior defensive end Tez Wilson enters 2018 with 24.5 tackles for loss.
  • He needs just .5 to tie Miguel Viera (1997-98) and Jose Duncan (2014-17) for 10th place in program history.
  • Wilson had 12.5 TFLs in 2017 and 8.0 in 2016.
  • With just seven in 2018, he would crack the program's top five. James Timmins (2010-13) is fifth with 31.5.