The URI Rams failed to cash in on the excitement that built around one of the most anticipated Rhode Island football games of the season. The Brown Bears retained the Governor’s Cup for the third consecutive season last night as they topped Rhody 31-14. The Rams struggled on both offense and defense, allowing their in-state rivals to run away with the home victory. The loss dropped Rhode Island to 2-4 at the halfway mark of the 2013 season, with (arguably) the tougher half of their schedule still to come. Let’s take a deeper dive into last night’s loss.
We have to start by taking a look at the Rhody defense. The Rams allowed 471 total yards, including 251 on the ground – good for a staggering 7.4 yards per carry. The Bears had three players with more than 60 yards rushing on the evening as they racked up four running touchdowns against a porous URI D. Big plays were also an issue; Brown running back John Spooney set the tone with a 73-yard TD scamper on the first play from scrimmage. Backup Jordan Reisner added a 23-yard rushing score to put the game out-of-reach in the fourth quarter. Rhody also failed to generate a turnover on defense just a week after forcing six miscues against CCSU.
URI’s offense also had their fair share of issues. The Rams had two drives cut short by turnovers, failed on their only fourth down conversion attempt, and were forced to punt six times. Bob Bentsen generated just 115 yards passing as Rhody seemed content to run more often than pass… even when they were trailing by two scores in the second half. Another big blow for the Rams came in the second quarter when starting running back Justin Semmes was forced to leave the game with an injury. He finished the game with only six carries, but he made them count. The senior tallied 64 rushing yards on the night, good for an insane 10.7 yards per carry. In Semmes’ absence, Robby Delgado was charged with taking his place. He finished with 18 carries and 51 yards.
The Rhode Island Rams have now officially completed the non-conference portion of their 2013 schedule. Now they’ll have to deal with some of the better teams in the CAA. Rhody is on the road once again next week as they face off against the New Hampshire Wildcats. Game time is set for noon.