Season Ends With Heartbreaking Loss to Towson, 32-31

Season Ends With Heartbreaking Loss to Towson, 32-31

How It Happened
Rhode Island lost a back-and-forth heartbreaker on Senior Day when Towson hit a 55-yard field goal as time expired to escape Kingston with a 32-31 victory.

After the Rams (2-9, 1-7 CAA Football) scored 21 unanswered points to rally from a 13-point deficit and take a 31-23 lead with 9:22 to go, Towson (4-7, 3-5 CAA Football) scored nine points in the final 1:55 to grab the win. First Morgan Mahalak hit Christian Summers for a 20-yard touchdown pass that capped a five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 55 seconds.

After getting the ball back with 52 seconds to go, Towson again drove 53 yards in nine plays to set up the winning field goal attempt. Freshman Aidan O'Neill drilled a 55-yard field goal as time expired to win the game for the Tigers.

Rhode Island opened the game with a seven-play, 69-yard drive for a touchdown, including a Harold Cooper-to-Jordan Vazzano-to-Charlie McKeeman flea flicker for 32 yards to open the game. A quarterback sneak from Vazzano to give Rhody the score.

Towson (4-7, 3-5 CAA Football) answered with 17 unanswered points, with the first 10 points coming off two Ram turnovers. The teams traded field goals late in the second quarter, and Towson took a 20-10 lead into halftime.

After a Tiger field goal on the first drive of the second half made it 23-10, freshman defensive lineman Brandon Ginnetti scooped up a Towson fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown to ignite the Rhody sideline.

At the end of the third quarter, Vazzano found Aaron Parker for a 71-yard pass, setting up an 8-yard touchdown pass before the two connected again on an 8-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams a 24-23 lead.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt freshman Jordan Vazzano was 11-for-14 for 265 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
  • Senior linebacker Adam Parker had a team-high nine tackles, giving him 292 tackles in his career and placing him eighth in program history.
  • Junior Harold Cooper finished the game with 46 rushing yards and 68 return yards for 114 all-purpose yards on the day. This gives him 3,340 career all-purpose yards for his career, giving him sole possession of 10th place in program history.
  • Cooper also sits at 1,626 rushing yards for his career, leaving him 169 yards shy of tying Shyron Sanford (1995-98) for 10th in program history.
  • Redshirt freshman punter Oliver Graybar had four punts for 160 yards, finishing the season with 3,207 punting yards. This leaves Graybar with a new school record.
  • Freshman defensive lineman Brandon Ginnetti's fumble recovery and touchdown in the third quarter were both firsts of his career.
  • Kicker Justin Rohrwasser, coming off of his CAA Special Teams Player of the Week honor, was 1-for-1 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 in extra points made. He finished the season 39-for-40 in extra points, with the lone miss coming on his first attempt of the season.
  • Freshman Aaron Parker had four catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. He set a career high in receiving yards.
  • Junior T.J. Anderson was second in rushing for the Rams with 44 yards on 14 attempts.
  • Sophomore Nas Jones tied his career high in tackles with nine.
  • Redshirt freshman Tyrone Barge set a new career high in tackles for loss with 2.0. He had five total tackles.
  • Junior Harold Buckner III had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
  • Freshman Joey Kenny made his first career start as the Rams opened in a double-tight end set.
  • Senior captain Adam Parker was the anchor bearer.
  • Prior to today's game was the Senior Day ceremony. The seniors honored were defensive end Anthony St. Laurent, wide receiver Rendyall Moorman, offensive lineman Michael Gilbert, offensive lineman Sam Hartman, tight end Nathan Holmes, defensive end Derrick Holmes, tight end Brian Collins, quarterback James Caparell, cornerback Travis Crawley, wide receiver Justin Caines, quarterback Paul Mroz, wider receiver Sam Benjamin, linebacker Adam Parker and four-year member of the URI football program Evan Huddon.
  • Evan Huddon joined juniors Harold Cooper and Charlie McKeeman for the opening coin toss as an honorary team captain.
  • Attendance for the game was 2,543.

Stat of the Game, Part I
14 - Fourteen Rhode Island seniors were honored prior to today's game.

Stat of the Game, Part II
21 - There were 21 Rams that recorded at least one tackle in the game.