No. 22/20 Rams Back in Action Friday Night at Harvard

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Harvard
Kickoff: Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. EST
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SPAULDING, GEHL CALLING GAME FOR ESPN3+

  • Friday's game at Harvard will be streamed on ESPN+.
  • Bill Spaulding will handle the play-by-play, while Kevin Gehl will be the color analyst.
  • Rhody's longtime radio team of Steve McDonald and Terry Lynch will have the call on 920 AM/104.7 FM

RHODE ISLAND VS. HARVARD - SERIES NOTES

  • Friday is the fifth meeting in the series, with Harvard leading 3-1-0.
  • This is the fourth consecutive year that Rhode Island and Harvard will line up against each other.
  • The series between the two schools opened in 1923, under Rhode Island Hall of Fame head coach Frank Keaney.
  • Last year was Rhody's first win over Harvard. The Rams beat the Crimson 17-10 at Meade Stadium.
  • Redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Harris led the Rhode Island attack last year. He ran for one touchdown and found junior wide receiver Aaron Parker for another.
  • Last year's game against Harvard was the first time that junior Aaron Parker recorded a 100+ yard receiving game. Since then, he has four more 100-yard receiving in his last 11 games, two of which have been during the 2018 season.
  • Rhode Island's next two opponents, Harvard and Brown, faced off last Friday in a game under the lights at Brown Stadium. The Crimson took an early lead that they never conceded, finishing with a 31-17 victory.
  • The last time Harvard started off 2-0 was in 2016. They won the first four games of their season that year, including a 51-21 victory over Rhode Island at their own stadium, as well as a 32-22 victory at Brown.

ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR PARKER, COULTER

  • Rhode Island's wide receiver tandem of junior Aaron Parker and Isaiah Coulter are first cousins.
  • Arguably the most explosive receiving duo in CAA Football, Coulter and Parker rank third and fourth in the league in receptions per game, respectively.
  • Coulter is averaging 6.67 and Parker averages 6.33.
  • Both Parker and Coulter graduated from Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, Md., but the cousins were never teammates until Coulter arrived at Rhode Island.
  • Coulter transferred to Gwynn Park as a senior, the same year Parker was a freshman for Rhody.
  • Coulter and Parker have combined for 39 catches, 583 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season. Only Albany's duo of Dev Holmes and Jerah Reeves (44) and Villanova's duo of Ryan Bell and Jarrett McClenton (41) have combined for more catches by teammates in CAA Football this season. Albany and Villanova have both played one more game than the Rams.

DEFENSE CREATING PRESSURE

  • Rhode Island is tied for fourth in CAA Football with eight sacks through three games.
  • In each of the last two games, Rhody had a player record multiple sacks. Senior linebacker Nas Jones had two at UConn, while junior L.B. Mack III did so against Albany.
  • In 2017, Rhode Island set a program record for sacks in a season with 32, beating the previous mark of 29, set in 2005. Rhode Island was the only FCS school in the country in 2017 to have five different players record five or more sacks. Three of those players - junior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti (7.0), junior defensive end L.B. Mack III (5.5) and senior Tez Wilson (5.0) return this season. Wilson has missed the entire season with an injury.
  • As a team, Rhode Island ranked 17th in the country with 2.91 sacks per game in 2017.