Rhody Hosts UAlbany in Home Opener Saturday on FOX Sports Go

Photo Credit: Michael Scott
Photo Credit: Michael Scott

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME

THE BASICS
UAlbany at Rhode Island
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:05 p.m. EST
Live Stats | Audio | Game Notes

OPENER TO BE STREAMED ON FOX SPORTS GO

  • Rhode Island's home opener against UAlbany will be streamed live for free on FOX Sports Go/FOX College Sports.
  • The game will be the CAA Football Game of the Week in its FOX Digital package.
  • Matt Janus will handle the play-by-play, while Ken Dunek 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. UALBANY - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday will mark the sixth meeting all time between Rhode Island and Albany, with the Great Danes holding a 3-2 edge in the series.
  • The teams have met every season for the last five years since Albany joined CAA Football in 2013.
  • Rhode Island won the last meeting, beating Albany 31-14 on Oct. 28 a year ago. Tight end Tyler Burke caught a pair of touchdown passes from JaJuan Lawson, and Harold Cooper ran for two touchdowns in the victory.
  • Road teams are 4-1 in the all-time series. Albany has won both previous times it visited Meade Stadium, getting a 37-20 victory in 2014 and a 35-7 win in 2016.
  • Albany enters the game coming off a 33-7 loss at Pitt.
  • Albany wide receiver Dev Holmes had nine catches for 148 yards and one touchdown at Pitt. All three stats either led all CAA Football players or tied for the league lead last week.

RAMS LOOK TO BUILD OFF WIN OVER NATIONALLY-RANKED DELAWARE

  • Rhody is looking to start 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when it won the first three games.
  • A win over Albany would give the Rams a 2-0 record in conference play for the first time since 2001, when Rhode Island won its first five games in what was then Atlantic 10 football.
  • Last week's win snapped a 22-game losing streak against nationally-ranked opponents.
  • Rhody's previous win over a Top 25 team was a 24-21 win over No. 19 William & Mary on Nov. 5, 2011.

BRYANT STELLAR IN FIRST START AS RUNNING BACK 

  • Redshirt junior Zoe Bryant was impressive in his first career start at running back.
  • Bryant rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt.
  • His production helped Rhode Island rush for 160 yards as a team, and was a major reason the Rams won the time of possession battle.
  • Rhode Island had the ball for 31:03 at Delaware.
  • Bryant began his career as a linebacker, appearing in 12 games and starting five over the first two years he was at Rhode Island.
  • Shoulder injuries limited his time and caused the switch to the offensive side of the ball.

NEW FACES MAKE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT

  • Junior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo led Rhode Island with 11 tackles in the season opener. The Lackawanna transfer also had 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Graduate senior Kadin Booker - who transferred from Ball State - started at right tackle and helped the Rams rush for 160 yards.
  • Redshirt freshman Tyler Wipper had a forced fumble and 6-yard tackle for loss that led to the go-ahead touchdown for URI.
  • Junior wideout Ahmere Dorsey - a transfer from Nassau Community College - caught two passes for 17 yards and added a key 35-yard kick return on his lone attempt.