Rams' Impressive Effort Falls Short at No. 2/2 Delaware, 24-17

Rams' Impressive Effort Falls Short at No. 2/2 Delaware, 24-17

Oct. 16, 2010

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NEWARK, Del. - The Rhode Island football team (2-4; 1-2 CAA) held the No. 2/2 ranked Delaware Blue Hens (7-0; 4-0 CAA) scoreless in the second half, but it was not enough as the Rams fell 24-17 Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

After allowing 204 yards of total offense in the first half, Rhody's defense responded in the second half as it limited the Blue Hens to just 106 yards of total offense.

Senior linebacker Matt Hansen led the Rams' defense with a game-high 15 tackles. In his last two games, Hansen has totaled 35 tackles. Fellow senior linebacker Joe Harris also chipped in defensively as he registered nine tackles and three tackles for loss.

Offensively for Rhody, junior quarterback Steve Probst led the way with a game-high 177 yards passing. He also rushed for one score. Probst completed passes to eight different receivers, five of those passes went to junior Anthony Baskerville, who finished the game with 68 yards receiving.

Delaware opened the scoring in the first quarter as it drove 37 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead. Running back Andrew Pierce capped the drive as he rushed in from 15 yards out. Pierce finished with a game-high 131 yards on the ground.

The Blue Hens found the endzone less than a minute later as sophomore linebacker Paul Worrilow picked up a fumble and rushed 27 yards the other way to give Delaware a 14-0 lead.

Rhody responded with an offensive drive, which lasted 13 plays but the Rams were unable to come away with any points after they drove the ball 70 yards down to the Delaware three-yard line. Junior Louis Feinstein had his 27-yard field goal attempt blocked.

Delaware then added to its lead as junior kicker Mike Perry drilled a 29-yard field goal to give the Blue Hens a 17-0 lead.

Rhody got on the board on its next offensive series as it drove 69 yards in 11 plays to cut the Delaware lead to 17-7. Probst ended the drive as he plunged in from a yard out to score his fifth rushing touchdown on the year.

The Blue Hens added to their lead just before the half thanks to a one yard touchdown run by Pierce, which made the score 24-7. Rhody responded to Delaware's 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive on the ensuing kickoff as freshman Travis Hurd had a 75-yard return for a touchdown and cut the Delaware lead to 24-14. Hurd's touchdown was his first career score.

In the third quarter, Rhody outscored Delaware 3-0 thanks to a 36-yard field goal from Feinstein. Feinstein's field goal capped a six-play, 41-yard drive.

No team was able to score in the second half as Delaware went on to secure the win.

Rhody returns to action next week as it welcomes Maine for its annual homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Meade Stadium.