More than 24 hours later and we’re still savoring yesterday’s game. And we expect most other Rhode Island football fans are as well. The Rams recorded an absolutely dominating win at home yesterday afternoon, dismantling the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 42-7. It was Rhody’s first home win of the season, improving their record to 2-3 (1-1) on the year. Obviously there’s not much to hate about the way this one turned out, but perhaps we can stretch to find a negative or two. Eh, forget it. Here are the positives from yesterday’s game.
Of course, this has start with the URI running game. We mentioned in our five keys that the Rams needed to run the ball against a relatively weak defense, and run they did. Miami (OH) transfer Justin Semmes led the way for Rhody, tallying 114 yards and two scores on the ground. Robbie Delgado added 69 yards and a touchdown of his own as the Rams amassed 280 rushing yards on the day. And with all that groundwork, the passing game was wide open for Bob Bentsen. The fifth-year senior threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs in one of his better games of the season.
The Rhode Island defense was no slouch either. URI tallied four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the win – by far their biggest turnover total of the season. Tyrone Jenkins had Rhody’s first pick-six of the season, Tim Wienclaw had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Doug Johnson brought a Blue Devils drive to a screeching halt with a pick in the end zone. What else can you say? The Rams did it all on Saturday.
Now for the season time this season, Rhody will try to put together two wins in a row. The Rams will take on Brown next Saturday night in their annual meeting for the Governor’s Cup. We’ll have much more on that one coming up this week.