Well that was the most expected ending to a season ever. The Rhody Rams finished off an 0-11 football season by being pummeled 55-6 by the Maine Black Bears. Like essentially every URI game this season, this one was not close. 565 total yards from Maine to just 228 for Rhode Island. 27 first downs to nine. 364 (!!!) rushing yards to 60. In short, a complete and utter dismantling, leading to URI’s first winless season since 1949.
There’s really no positive spin we can put on the season except for the fact that it’s over. The same defensive problems that plagued URI all season continued to haunt them. Maine QB Marcus Wasilewski threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Maine had TWO 100+ yard rushers in Nigel Jones and Rickey Stevens, and each one put up some mind-boggling numbers. Jones went for 182 yards and two scores, averaging 12.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Stevens tallied only 110 yards and a score, with a mere 7.3 YPC. The Rams’ defense allowed nearly 40 points-per-game this season.
Brandon Johnson-Farrell closed out his Rhody campaign with a successful all-around day. He put together 23 rushing yards, 21 receiving yards, and 67 kick return yards. Also, for good measure, he completed a fourth quarter pass to Robbie Jackson for 45 yards. There’s no question he will be missed, but Rhody needs to get better at virtually every position to be competitive in the CAA. We’ll have updates on recruiting and any other URI news throughout the off-season, but for now, we leave you with a quote from senior Matt Greenhalgh following the game yesterday:
That about sums it up.