September 10, 2011

Rhody Challenges Orange in 21-14 Loss

Sept. 10, 2011

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Football: Syracuse 21, Rhode Island 14 - F

How It Happened:
Rhode Island and Syracuse were knotted at 14-14 into the 4th quarter, until SU's Ryan Nassib found Mike Acchione in the endzone from 12 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.

On its next drive, Rhody started on its own 27 and drove for a 1st down on their 45 after a Steve Probst keeper for 12 yards. Travis Hurd rushed for three yards on 1st down, but another rush for no gain by Hurd and an incomplete pass intended for Anthony Baskerville forced a punt.

Rhody's defense - stellar on the afternoon - forced a 3-and-out and got the ball back with 3:16 left in regulation. Probst took two sacks and threw an interception on 4th and 24, ending the game.

Inside the Box Score and Beyond:
* Rhody and Syracuse each recorded 20 first downs on the afternoon. For URI, seven came on the ground and nine via the air.

* The Rams did a great job with time of possession, holding the ball for 32:04, to just 27:56 for the Orange. Rhody controlled the ball for 11:44 in the second quarter alone.

* Syracuse was successful on its first two 4th down conversions. But Dave Zocco stuffed 'Cuse RB Jerome Smith on the URI 14 yard line on their third attempt. Zocco ended the game with eight tackles on the day.

* Doug Johnson had an outstanding debut for URI, making seven total tackles on the day. The Warwick, R.I. native made three tackles for a loss of 15 yards, including two sacks for a 13 yards.

* Devon Dace notched his second career interception in the 1st quarter, picking off SU quarterback at the 12:44 mark on the URI 30 yard line.

What's Next:
Rhode Island opens up CAA Football league play at Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff time at McGuirk Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

Scoring Summary:

1st 06:17 SYR - CHEW, Van 22 yd pass from NASSIB, Ryan (KRAUTMAN, Ross kick)
                                                 11 plays, 73 yards, TOP 4:08, URI 0 - SYR 7
2nd 09:43 URI - Hurd 26 yd run (Feinstein kick)
                                                 13 plays, 86 yards, TOP 5:50, URI 7 - SYR 7
    08:21 SYR - LEMON, Alec 4 yd pass from NASSIB, Ryan (KRAUTMAN, Ross kick)
                                                 4 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:22, URI 7 - SYR 14
3rd 10:36 URI - Baskerville 15 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick)
                                                6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:20, URI 14 - SYR 14
4th 08:34 SYR - ACCHIONE, Mike 12 yd pass from NASSIB, Ryan (KRAUTMAN, Ross kick)
                                                8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:52, URI 14 - SYR 21

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