October 9, 2010

Rhody Falls Short at No. 4/5 William and Mary, 26-7

Oct. 9, 2010

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Senior Matt Hansen had a career-high 20 tackles, but it was not enough as the Rhode Island football team (2-3; 1-1 CAA) dropped a 26-7 decision Saturday night at Zable Stadium.

Offensively for the Rams, sophomore Ayo Isijola led the way with 56 yards rushing and one touchdown. Isijola's touchdown was his first of the season. Junior wide receiving Anthony Baskerville also chipped in offensively with a career-high 51 yards receiving.

The Tribe opened the scoring in the second quarter thanks to 37-yard field goal by kicker Drake Kuhn. Kuhn's field goal capped a nine-play, 59-yard drive. Four minutes later, William and Mary struck again, only this time it ended its drive with a touchdown. Tribe quarterback Michael Paulus found wide receiver Ryan Moody in the back of the endzone for a 17-yard hookup.

William and Mary would then go on to increase its lead to 13 points with 4:12 to go in the first half as Kuhn drilled a 19-yard field goal. The field goal was set up following a URI fumble.

Rhody quickly responded to the Tribe's field goal with a 20-yard touchdown run by Isijola. The Rams' drive lasted just 58 seconds and covered 54 yards. Freshman running back Travis Hurd put the Rams in great field position as he returned the ball out to the URI 46-yard line.

Heading into the locker room, Rhody trailed 13-7. The Tribe outgained URI 184-115 in total offense.

Rhody had golden opportunity to take the lead in the third quarter as it had the ball first and goal on the Tribe 10-yard line, but the drive stalled after the Rams turned the ball over on downs, ending a 12-play, 81-yard drive.

In the fourth quarter, William and Mary increased its lead to 19-7 thanks to a 19-play, 97-yard drive, which spanned 8:15 seconds. Three minutes later, the Tribe returned to the endzone to make the score 26-7, which secured the win.

Rhody returns to action next week as it heads to Newark, Del., to take on the No. 2/2-ranked Delaware Blue Hens. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

8,196 - Attendance

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