Posted: Sep 26, 2019
- Saturday will be the seventh meeting between Rhode Island and Stony Brook. Rhode Island is still looking for its first win in the series.
- The Rams are 0-3 both at home and on the road against the Seawolves.
- Stony Brook won last season's meeting, 52-14. The Seawolves did the bulk of their damage on the ground, rushing for 354 yards and five touchdowns a year ago.
- Donald Liotine and Jordan Gowins both topped 100 rushing yards, combining for 236 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
- Stony Brook is just outside of the top 25 in both national polls. The Seawolves are No. 27 in the STATS FCS Top 25, and they are No. 28 in the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25.
- The game will feature two of the best punt return men in CAA Football. Stony Brooks' Jean Constant averages a league-best 15.9 yards per return. Rhode Island's Ahmere Dorsey is fourth in the league with an average of 8.3 yards per return.
MBYE LEADING THE COUNTRY IN INTERCEPTIONS
- Redshirt senior safety Momodou Mbye has recorded one interception in each of the first three games of the season.
- He leads the nation with the 1.0 interception per game, and is one of just six players nationally with as many.
- A turnover machine throughout his career, Mbye now has seven career interceptions and six fumble recoveries.
- The fumble recoveries are tied for ninth most in program history.
- With 21 career passes defended, Mbye is sixth in program history.
- He needs five more the tie the Rhode Island career record of 26, owned by Virgil Gray (2003-06).
- Mbye also needs just four more tackles to reach 150 for his career.
- His is second among active Rams in tackles, trailing only redshirt senior defensive end Tez Wilson, who has 160.
- Mbye is one of three team captains this season. He initially made the team as a walk-on before earning a full scholarship and eventually being voted unanimously by his teammates as a captain.
PRIORE THIRD NATIONALLY IN PASSING YARDS PER GAME
- Redshirt junior quarterback Vito Priore ranks third among all FCS quarterbacks with 344.3 passing yards per game.
- Only Eastern Washington's Eric Barriere (348.0) and San Diego's Reid Sinnett (346.3) rank ahead of Priore.
- His 430-yard performance against Delaware was the fifth-highest single-game total among FCS players this season. It also was the seventh-highest single game total in Rhode Island history.
- Through three games, Priore already has topped 1,000 passing yards, entering Saturday's game with 1,033 on the year.
- In seven career starts, Priore has already recorded three games with 300 yards or more.
- He had 312 last week at New Hampshire, 430 against Delaware on Sept. 7 and 310 against Brown last season.
RAMS WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
- Rhode Island ranks 13th in the nation and third in CAA Football with a +1.0 turnover margin thus far.
- The Rams were +2 against Delaware and +1 at Ohio in the season opener.
- Through three games, the Rams have already recorded five interceptions and one fumble recovery.
- Rhody has turned the ball over three times on interceptions.
- The Rams are one of 16 teams in the country to not lose a fumble yet this season.