October 2, 2010

Rhody Downs Brown in Overtime, 27-24

Oct. 2, 2010

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island junior quarterback Steve Probst rushed into the endzone to lift the Rams past Brown, 27-24, in the 29th annual Governor's Cup game. A total of 7,622 fans were on hand for the game - the best Meade Stadium crowd in 10 years.

Probst's game-winning touchdown was his third of the day. The URI signal-caller finished the game by going 22-of-38 for 187 yards through the air. He also rushed for 59 yards on the ground.

Sophomore running back Ayo Isijola also turned in a strong performance offensively as he rushed for 97 yards on just 16 carries (6.1 average).

Rhody opened the scoring in the first quarter thanks to a blocked punt by cornerback Jarrod Williams. Williams then fell on the ball in the endzone to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.

Brown came right back with a score of its own as Kyle Newhall-Caballero hit Alexa Tounkara on a slant pattern, the senior wide then escaped a tackle and darted to endzone for a 61-yard pitch and catch.

The Rams reclaimed the lead on their next offensive possession as Probst rushed in from five yards out to give URI a 14-7 lead. Probst's five-yard rush capped a 10-play, 70 yard drive, which spanned 3:43.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second quarter and Rhody took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Brown tied the game at 14 apiece thanks to Newhall-Caballe's second touchdown pass of the afternoon, which capped a 69-yard drive, which took only four plays.

Rhody responded with a touchdown to reclaim the lead 21-14. Probst found the endzone again as he pushed the pile from a yard out.

The Bears would not go away as they tied the game on their next offensive possession to make the score 21 apiece with 11:59 to go in the game. Newhall-Caballe found Jimmy Saros over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown.

No team would score for the remainder of the game, forcing overtime. URI had a chance to win the game in regulation, but kicker Louis Feinstein missed a 42-yard field goal as time expired. Feinstein's 42-yard miss came after his first attempt, which he made, but Brown called timeout just before the ball was snapped.

Rhody returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 9 as it travels to William and Mary. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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