The annual Governor’s Cup battle usually packs some of the most intense competition of the Rhode Island Rams football season. Expect this year to be no different. Rhody will face the Brown Bears in their sixth game of the 2013 season, with the Rams looking to capture their first Governor’s Cup since 2010. Brown holds a 69-26-2 advantage all-time, but that means nothing this season. Can URI snag a big rivalry win?
2012 Record: 7-3 (4-3 in the Ivy League)
Key Losses: G Nathan Bernstein, LB Stephen Zambetti, CB A.J. Cruz
Key Returners: QB Patrick Donnelly, WR Tellef Lundevall, CB Emory Polley
Player to Watch: QB Patrick Donnelly
On paper, Brown’s offense doesn’t exactly pack an offensive punch. But make no mistake about it, the Bears’ quarterback is quite dangerous. Donnelly is a 6’3″, 200-pound senior, and he’ll be looking to build off a fantastic season a year ago. In 2012, Donnelly threw for 2,264 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 10 games, good for a 123 QB rating. Like most quarterbacks that the Rams will face this season, Donnelly can get it done with his legs as well, as he tacked on an additional four TDs on the ground a year ago. The URI offensive line is going to have to limit the versatile Donnelly in order to pick up the W.
Prediction: Rhode Island 20 – Brown 17 (OT)
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that this game is always tight. Despite having one of the worst seasons in recent memory a year ago, Rhody played Brown very closely before slipping in a 17-7 loss. With the Rams looking like an improved team for 2013, we’re thinking there will be improved results. Expect URI to win a nail-biter to bring the Cup back to Kingston.