The Rhode Island Rams failed to generate much of anything on offense this afternoon as they fell 24-0 to the Stony Brook Seawolves at Meade Stadium. The Seawolves came into the game as the number 13 team in the FCS, and their defense certainly played like it. After posting a pretty solid offensive game against Fordham, Rhody came out looking flat in this one, especially in the running game. Credit Stony Brook’s tough D for a stellar performance as they drop URI to 0-2, and 0-1 in the CAA. Rhode Island’s losing streak is now at 15 games, dating back to the 2011 season.
Rhody’s defense looked very strong at the start, holding strong in the red zone and the Seawolves at bay for the most part. A 26-yard field goal and an eight yard touchdown run from Marcus Coker were the only blemishes in the first half as Stony Brook took a 10-0 lead into the locker room. Unfortunately for URI, their offense was, uh… less than impressive through the first two quarters.
Rhody has had the ball on offense six times: 8 yds (punt), 8 yds (punt), 9 yds (fumble), 41 yds (fumble), 28 yds (punt), 24 yds (punt). Ugh.
— Rhody Rampage (@RhodyRampage) September 7, 2013
The latter fumble led to the touchdown drive for the Seawolves.
The second half was more of the same, with Rhody’s offense stalling on virtually every occasion. They were deep into Stony Brook territory in their first drive of the half, but failed to convert a 4th-and-3 from the Seawolves’ 36 yard line. Stony Brook dominated time of possession in the second half, and the Rams couldn’t make the most of their opportunities. URI failed to convert another 4th-and-4 from the Seawolves’ 27 at the start of the fourth quarter, and Stony Brook made them pay for it. A seven-play, 75 yard drive opened up a 17-0 lead and that was pretty much all she wrote. The Rams fumbled on their next drive and the Seawolves tacked on another TD to finish off the 24-0 win.
Once again, turnovers (3 for URI, 0 for SBU) hamstrung Rhody in this one, and the failed fourth downs crushed any sort of chance they had to get on the board. The Rams’ defense was solid, but they could only do so much to try to keep the offense in the game. Rhody tallied just 67 yards and 2.2 yards-per-carry on the ground – a far cry from their excellent rushing attack last week. With the Rams, it seems that if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. That’s how 15-game losing streaks go.
We’ll have much more on this one coming up tomorrow.