Posted: Oct 31, 2018
- Saturday is the third meeting in the series, which is split between the two teams 1-1.
- The teams first faced each other in a game at Elon on Nov. 12, 2016. The Rams claimed a 44-14 victory, their only road win of that season. In last year's matchup at Meade Stadium, Elon claimed a 35-34 victory.
- This matchup holds major implications for both teams, as Elon and Rhode Island are among seven teams in the CAA Football standings that are all within one game of first place.
- The lone conference loss for the Phoenix thus far came against Delaware, which Rhode Island defeated in its season opener.
- Through seven games, Elon has the top-ranked rushing offense in the CAA, averaging 209.1 yards per game. Freshman running back Jaylan Thomas led the Phoenix's effort last weekend and received CAA Rookie of the Week honors. He had 27 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown.
- Though Elon has established an effective run game, they fall behind Rhode Island in total scoring offense. The Rams are ranked third in the CAA, averaging 32.1 points per game, while Elon's 28.7 points per game place them at sixth.
RAMS LOOKING TO CLINCH FIRST WINNING RECORD IN 17 SEASONS
- Last week's win gave Rhode Island five in a season for the first time since 2010. With one more victory, the Rams would have the program's first winning season since they went 8-3 in 2001.
- The Rams are 2-2 in road games. A victory Saturday would mark the first time Rhody has had at least a .500 record on the road since it was 4-2 in road games in 2001.
- A win Saturday also would also clinch a .500 mark in CAA Football play for the first time since 2010, when the Rams were 4-4 in conference play.
- Rhode Island is looking to get to six wins in a season for just the fourth time in the 33 seasons since the Rams won the Yankee Conference in 1985. Rhody won eight games in 2001, seven in 1995 and six in 1991.
RAMS SECOND IN NATION IN RECOVERIES
- With 12 fumble recoveries through eight games, Rhody is No. 2 in the country and leads CAA Football. Only Central Arkansas (13) has recovered more.
- Nine different players have recovered fumbles for the Rams - Brandon Ginnetti and Justin Hogan have two each, while Nas Jones, Branyan Javier-Castillo, L.B. Mack III, Momodou Mbye, D.J. Stewart, Andre Bibeault, Brian Campbell and Justice Antrum each have one.
- Over its last 19 games, Rhode Island has recovered 23 fumbles.
- Rhode Island is 13th in the country and second in the conference with a +0.88 turnover margin.
- The Rams are ninth in the nation turnovers gained (20).
LINEBACKERS LEADING THE WAY
- Rhode Island's three starting linebackers - Nas Jones, Branyan Javier-Castillo and Justin Hogan - are the team's three leading tacklers.
- Jones leads the team with 62 total tackles, including a team-high 31 solo stops.
- Javier-Castillo has 61 tackles, while Hogan has 42 stops.
- The trio also has combined for 14.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and four fumble receoveries.
- All three have at least one interception and one fumble recovery.