September 17, 2011

Late Surge Sinks Rhody, 36-27, at UMass

Sept. 17, 2011

Box Score

Football: Massachusetts 36, Rhode Island 27 - F

How It Happened:
Rhode Island held a 21-16 lead going into the 4th quarter before UMass scored three unanswered touchdowns - including an 80-yard pick-six with 7:36 to go in regulation. Rhody would battle back, adding a score with 32 seconds remaining which made it 36-27.

The Rams' aerial attack paced the offense tonight, gaining 279 yards. Steve Probst was 14-of-29, passing for a career-high four TD's to four different receivers: Anthony Baskerville, Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Billy Morgan, and Ty Bynum.

Darrell Dulany (14 tackles) and Doug Johnson (12 tackles; 5 tackles-for-loss of 22 yards; 1 sack for 9 yards) led the way defensively. Stanley Dunbar and Dave Zocco each registered an interception.

Inside the Box Score and Beyond:
* Steve Probst's four TD passes and 279 passing yards were both career-highs in a Rhody uniform.

* Anthony Baskerville's 134 receiving yards marked his highest total in his URI career, including his longest career reception of 83 yards, which led to Rhody's first TD score.

* Johnson-Farrell (1st TD of 2011; 3rd of career), Morgan (1st TD of 2011; 1st of Rhody career), and Bynum (1st of 2011; 5th of career) also tacked on receiving TD's for the Rams.

* Doug Johnson tallied his team-best third sack of the season.

* Rhode Island has not won at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst since the 1991 season.

What's Next:
Rhode Island will host Fordham in its 2011 home opener at Meade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. For tickets, call the Ryan Center box office at (401) 874-RAMS or visit GoRhody.com.

Scoring Summary:

1st 10:16 UMASS - J. Hernandez 3 yd run (B. Levengood kick blockd)
                                                6 plays, 32 yards, TOP 2:11, URI 0 - UMASS 6
    00:00 URI - Baskerville 83 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick)
                                                 1 play, 73 yards, TOP 0:31, URI 7 - UMASS 6
2nd 00:11 UMASS - B. Levengood 24 yd field goal
                                               10 plays, 49 yards, TOP 3:34, URI 7 - UMASS 9
3rd 08:53 UMASS - J. Hernandez 15 yd run (B. Levengood kick)
                                               2 plays, 31 yards, TOP 0:32, URI 7 - UMASS 16
    06:33 URI - Morgan 48 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick)
                                              4 plays, 67 yards, TOP 2:20, URI 14 - UMASS 16
    00:58 URI - Bynum 39 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick)
                                              9 plays, 79 yards, TOP 3:59, URI 21 - UMASS 16
4th 11:44 UMASS - K. Pagel 8 yd run (K. Pagel pass failed)
                                             11 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:14, URI 21 - UMASS 22
    07:36 UMASS - K. Nelms 80 yd interception return (B. Levengood kick)
                                                                           URI 21 - UMASS 29
    01:58 UMASS - J. Talley 22 yd pass from K. Pagel (B. Levengood kick)
                                              8 plays, 74 yards, TOP 4:08, URI 21 - UMASS 36
    00:32 URI - Johnson-Farrell 18 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick failed)
                                              7 plays, 50 yards, TOP 1:26, URI 27 - UMASS 36