The Rhode Island football team dropped to 1-3 (1-2 in CAA play) last night following a 20-0 road loss to the William & Mary Tribe. The Rams were shut out for the second time through the first four games, although this one came in less than ideal football conditions. Rain poured down for much of the game and especially in the second half, leaving the field slippery and sloppy. Combine the weather with Rhody’s offense and it made for a pretty ugly game. There are still some positives to take from this one, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s break it all down.
For the third straight game URI’s defense played very well, in a bend-but-not-break fashion. Rhode Island had two breakdowns in the second quarter within a one minute, twenty second window which allowed the Tribe to post a pair of touchdowns and open up a 14-0 lead. Other than those, the Rams held strong – especially in the red zone. William & Mary had two separate chances to put the game away in the third quarter, but Rhody forced field goals each time and gave the offense a chance to come back. URI also blocked a field goal in the first quarter when (who else?) Josh Moody tipped a 44-yard attempt to keep the game scoreless at the time. It was Moody’s third block kick in the past two games.
The Rhody offense left much to be desired, however. We highlighted the fourth quarter play calling in our reaction post so we don’t want to harp on it, but the Rams didn’t seem to be taking the steps they needed to take when trying to generate a comeback. Does Joe Trainer have no confidence in the URI passing game? That’s the only thing we can think of; it was painful to watch no matter what. If Bentsen threw the ball 24 times in the fourth quarter and completed only a handful of passes… well, it would have sucked. But at least they would have gone out fighting.
The players and coaches have a week to make adjustments before the Rams are back within the friendly confines of Meade Stadium next Saturday. Rhode Island will face off against Central Connecticut State of the NEC in Kingston, with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. Let’s hope they can turn things around and grab win #2 of the 2013 season.