Rams Drop Battle with Maine, 38-36

Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp
Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp

How it Happened
Rhode Island (4-2, 2-1 CAA Football) fell to Maine in a heartbreaking loss when Kenny Doak booted a 39-yard, game-winning field goal that gave the Black Bears a 38-36 victory at Meade Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was the second time in as many weeks Doak has kicked a field goal on the final play of the game to get Maine a victory.

Maine (4-2, 3-0 CAA Football) scored first when Jeff DeVaughn returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown.  C.J. Carrick responded minutes later with a 32-yard field goal that put Rhody on the board. The Rams scored their first touchdown of the day when Vito Priore connected on a 52-yard pass with Aaron Parker that put Rhode Island up 10-7 late in the first quater. The teams traded touchdown runs in the second quarter to go into halftime with Rhode Island ahead, 16-14.

Zoe Bryant, Jr. added two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to help the Rams open a 30-14 lead less than five minutes into the second half. Maine scored three unanswered touchdowns, the third of which came on a 9-yard Chris Ferguson run that gave Maine a 35-30 lead with 2:28 to go in the game. Rhode Island responded with a touchdown drive that culminated in Parker's second touchdown catch of the day, a 2-yard grab in the back of the end zone that put Rhody up 36-35. 

The Black Bears drove 54 yards in nine plays to set up the game-winning field goal by Doak. 

Inside the Box Score

  • For the fourth time this season and seventh time in his career, Aaron Parker finished the game with more than 100 receiving yards. He tallied nine receptions for 124 yards. 
  • This is the second consecutive week that Parker has had two touchdowns. With 17 career touchdown catches, he has sole possession of fifth place in program history. 
  • Parker also moved into eighth place in career receiving yards with 1,827, passing Tony DiMaggio (1,724 from 1982-85) and 10th place in career receptions with 112, passing Robbie Jackson (110 from 2012-14).
  • Senior linebacker Nas Jones led the Rams with a career-high 12 tackles and recorded his first interception of the season.
  • Junior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo and junior cornerback Rashod Dickerson each had 10 tackles. Javier-Castillo added the first fumble recovery of his career. 
  • Redshirt junior running back Zoe Bryant, Jr. rushed for 59 yards and had a pair of touchdown carries.
  • Junior defensive end L.B. Mack III had eight tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 
  • The Rams had five players break up passes: senior linebacker Nas Jones, junior defensive back Rashod Dickerson, freshman defensive back Cayvian Holmes, junior defensive lineman Brandon Ginnetti and redshirt sophomore defensive back Kwadir Brown
  • Senior Justin Hogan had nine tackles, including one tackle for loss.
  • Junior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey rushed for 41 yards on eight carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run. He added 132 kick return yards and 30 punt return yards to finish the day with 203 all-purpose yards. 
  • Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Andre Bibeault earned his first career start and finished with a career-high five tackles, including one sack. He has three sacks over the last two weeks.
  • Junior safety Brian Campbell earned his first career start. He had a career-high five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. 
  • Redshirt sophomore quarterback Vito Priore's passed for 256 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. His 52-yard pass to Aaron Parker was the longest of his career.  
  • Sophomore kicker C.J. Carrick had one field goal and three extra points. He now has 90 career points, which moved him into ninth place among kickers in program history.
  • Junior tight end Joey Kenny was today's anchor bearer.
  • Saturday's game was attended by a sellout crowd of 7,301. It was the largest crowd at Meade since Oct. 19, 1991 when 10,145 fans saw Rhody beat Maine, 52-30.  

What's Next 
Rhode Island heads to Stony Brook for another conference match-up Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.