Well that’s more like it.
The Rhode Island Rams offense broke out of their funk in a big way this afternoon as they trounced the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 42-7 at Meade Stadium. Rhody jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back as they took a 21-0 advantage into the half. URI actually scored the first 42 points of the contest – all through the first three quarters – before CCSU added a touchdown in garbage time. The win is Rhode Island’s first at home this season, as they improved to 2-3 on the year.
If you’re looking for something that went wrong for the Rams this afternoon, good luck. Justin Semmes got Rhody on the board first with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Bob Bentsen added a four-yard pass to Andrew Matos for a score about six minutes later, but neither Bentsen nor Semmes were done.
The senior quarterback added a second TD pass, this one to Justin Favreau for 24 yards, to put URI on top by three touchdowns. “Broadway Bob” finished the afternoon at 11-20 for 168 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. As for Semmes, he added a second score as well, this one coming from five yards out in the third quarter. Check out his stat line: 114 yards on the ground (good for 6.3 yards per carry) and a pair of rushing TDs. Robbie Delgado also added a rushing score as part of Rhody’s 280 rushing yards on the day. URI tallied 448 total yards in a dominating effort.
But if offense isn’t your thing, check out the Rams defensive numbers. They limited the Blue Devils to just 12 first downs and forced six CCSU turnovers. There was perhaps none bigger than Tyrone Jenkins’ third-quarter interception, which he returned 43 yards for yet another touchdown. That proved to be the dagger in a huge win for the University of Rhode Island.
The Rams were often on the other end of games like this a year ago, so it’s got to feel good for some of the veterans to come away with a victory like this. We’ll soak it all in for now, but we’ll have many more thoughts on this big win coming up tomorrow.