No. 22/23 Rams Head to No. 18/17 Stony Brook for Second Straight Top 25 Tilt

No. 22/23 Rams Head to No. 18/17 Stony Brook for Second Straight Top 25 Tilt

THE BASICS
No. 22/23 Rhode Island at No. 18/17 Stony Brook
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. STONY BROOK - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is the sixth meeting in the series, with Stony Brook leading 5-0. 
  • The series between the two schools began in 2013, when Stony Brook joined CAA Football.
  • This is the sixth consecutive year that the teams will face each other. 
  • Saturday will feature the third and fourth-best scoring offenses in the CAA. Rhode Island sits in third averaging 37.0 points per game, while Stony Brook holds down fourth with a 29.4 average. 
  • Rhode Island leads the league in passing efficiency. The Rams have completed 117-of-182, helping the team attain an efficiency rating of 163.9. Stony Brook sits in ninth in the league at 124.6. 
  • Stony Brook currently has the best rushing offense in CAA Football, averaging 198.7 yards per game. Senior running back Jordan Gowins heads the team effort, rushing an average of 99.3 yards per game.
    Last season, Rhode Island fell to Stony Brook 35-18 at Meade stadium. Redshirt senior Tyler Harris led Rhody's offense with one touchdown pass, and classmate JaJuan Lawson entered the game in the fourth quarter and added a rushing touchdown of his own. 

RAMS LOOKING FOR THIRD ROAD WIN IN A SEASON FOR FIRST TIME IN 18 SEASONS

  • Rhode Island is 2-1 in road games this season.
  • The last time the Rams won three road games in a single season was 2001, when Rhody was 4-2 on the road en route to an 8-3 record overall.
  • A win Saturday also would give Rhode Island two victories over Top 25 teams in the same season for the first time since 2010. That season, the Rams defeated No. 8 New Hampshire, No. 3 Villanova and No. 19 Massachusetts.
  • With one more victory, Rhode Island will clinch a .500 record against FCS opponents for the first time since 2010, when the Rams were 5-6 overall and 5-5 against FCS schools. 
  • Stony Brook is 3-0 at home this season and is 9-1 in its last 10 at LaValle Stadium.

PARKER SECOND IN CAA IN TOUCHDOWNS 

  • Junior Aaron Parker has seven touchdowns through six games, which ranks second among all CAA Football players, behind only Towson running back Shane Simpson
  • Parker has six touchdown receptions and one rushing touchdown on the season.
  • In each of the last two games, Parker has two touchdown catches. He has 17 career touchdown catches, which ranks fifth in school history. He is one spot behind Shawn Leonard, who had 21 from 2006-09. 
  • Parker finished with 124 receiving yards last week against Maine. It was his league-leading fourth 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career.
  • Parker needs just 173 receiving yards to become the eighth player in program history to reach 2,000 career receiving yards.
  • The last player to reach the milestone was Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who had 2,064 from 2008-12. 
  • He has at least one catch in 24 straight games. Parker led Rhody with 51 catches and was CAA Football Second Team in 2017. 
  • From 2016-17, Parker had a streak of nine games with a touchdown catch, breaking Bobby Apgar's Rhode Island mark of seven straight games, set in 1994.
  • With two touchdowns against Maine, Parker has 18 total touchdowns in 27 career games.

RAMS RANKED 4th IN FUMBLE RECOVERIES

  • With nine fumble recoveries through six games, Rhody is No. 4 in the country and leads CAA Football.  
  • Over its last 17 games, Rhode Island has recovered 20 fumbles.
  • Rhode Island is fourth in the conference and 29th in the country with a +0.5 turnover margin. 
  • The Rams are 21st in turnovers gained (14).