The Rhode Island Rams of 2012 made a guest appearance in Durham, NH this afternoon. At least that’s what it felt like. Rhody played one of their ugliest games of the season against the New Hampshire Wildcats today, taking a 59-19 loss on the chin. UNH did pretty much whatever they wanted to against the Rams defense as URI was unable to stop much of anything. The loss drops Rhode Island to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
Strangely enough, this game felt like it was going to be pretty close in the first quarter. Rhody got on the board first with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bob Bentsen to Robbie Jackson. In an aggressive move unlike anything we’ve seen this year, Joe Trainer went for the two-point conversion right off the bat. It failed, but the pedal-to-the-metal strategy was a welcome sight. The Wildcats were able to answer back at the end of the first quarter thanks to a 54-yard TD run by Nico Steriti. The big play gave UNH a 7-6 lead after 15 minutes.
The Wildcats stretched their lead to 14-6 with another touchdown run early in the second quarter, but Rhody answered right back. Bentsen threw his second TD pass of the day, hitting Jawaun Wynn to make it a 14-12 ballgame. It was around that point where all hell broke loose. UNH rattled off THIRTY EIGHT unanswered points to blow the game wide open, leaving the Rams shell-shocked all the way into the fourth quarter. New Hampshire hit Rhody with everything; the 38-point stretch contained two passing touchdowns, two rushing, and a pick-six. The Wildcats added on a fumble return for a TD late in the fourth quarter to make sure they filled up the box score in nearly every way possible.
The beat-down saw Kolt Peavey play much of the fourth quarter, and he didn’t look half bad. The junior transfer accounted for URI’s only other touchdown, hitting Robbie Jackson for the receiver’s second score of the day. But make no mistake about it – this game belonged to the New Hampshire offense. They racked up 574 total yards of offense and six touchdowns. The two defensive TDs gave them eight total as a team, which is umm.. not good if you’re URI. The Wildcats also ran for a 7.7 yards per carry average, adding to their video game-like numbers on the afternoon.
This one was about as bad as it gets for Rhody fans. We’ll have much more details on the epic beating coming up tomorrow.