Oct. 30, 2010
TOWSON, Md. - The Rhode Island defense forced a season-high four turnovers, propelling the Rams' (3-5; 2-3 CAA) to a 30-20 win over Towson and their first road win of the season.
Rhody's four turnovers led to 17 URI points.
Quarterback Steve Probst threw for 182 yards through the air, completing passes to seven different receivers. He also rushed for 57 yards and threw a touchdown pass.
Rhody opened the scoring in the first quarter thanks to a three-yard run by sophomore Ayo Isijola. Junior Willie McGinnis set up the Rams' first drive as forced a fumble, which gave URI the ball on the Towson 29-yard line.
Towson responded on its next offensive possession with a five play, 70 yard drive. Tiger quarterback Chris Hart found wide receiver Alex Blake for a 56-yard touchdown pass down the left side to even the score at seven.
The Tigers went on to take the lead at 10-7 with 12:01 to go in the first half after kicker Nick Wallace drilled a 28-yard field goal. Following a URI three and out, the Tigers got the ball back and moved the ball to the Rams' 25-yard, but URI stopped the Towson drive as it picked up a fumble.
Rhody would then go to score on its next offensive possession thanks to a 10 play, 75 yard drive. Probst was 4-for-6 for 34 yards through the air. His final completion went to tight end Joe Migliarese for a four-yard touchdown. Migliarese's touchdown reception was his first this year.
The Rams struck again just before halftime to make the score 21-10. Isijola rushed in from a yard out to collect his second touchdown on the year.
In the third quarter, Rhody outscored Towson 6-0 to increase its lead to 27-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Field goal kicker Louis Feinstein connected a pair of field goals from 24 and 38 yards out.
Towson would not go away as it 10 points in a four minute span to make the count 27-20 with 6:46 to go in the game. The Tigers would then get the ball back on their own 13-yard line with 4:12 to go in the game, but Rhody would force Towson to turn the ball over on downs.
Rhody secured the win thanks to Feinstein's third field goal of the night. Feinstein's third field goal was from 21 yards out.
The Rams return to action next weekend at home as they welcome the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Meade Stadium.