The Rhode Island Rams suffered a beat-down of epic proportions on Saturday, falling 59-19 to the UNH Wildcats in Durham, New Hampshire. It was certainly an ugly loss that Rhody needs to put behind them as soon as possible, but let’s take a look a what we can take away from this one first. After all, the Rams were the first team to score first against the Wildcats this season. And the offense didn’t play all that badly. There’s more positives than one would think based on the score; here’s a breakdown.
On the offensive side of the ball, there were definitely some bright spots. Robbie Jackson put together an absolute monster of a game, tallying nine catches for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The aggressiveness from a play-calling standpoint was also a welcome sight. The Rams went for the two-point conversion after their first touchdown, and tried an onside kick as well. While neither were successful, it’s nice to see the coaching staff try and switch things up to jump-start a struggling team. Backup Kolt Peavey also played well, albeit in garbage time. He completed five of his seven passes for 72 yards for a TD, and also rushed the ball seven times for an average of 5.4 yards. Not a START HIM IMMEDIATELY!!!-type performance, but it’s good to know that he can step in and make things happen.
As for negatives, well… UNH scored 59 points. So that’s not good. The Rhode Island defense couldn’t stop much of anything, allowing the Wildcats to rack up 574 yards of total offense. New Hampshire ran for 333 yards on the afternoon, posting an insane 7.7 yards per carry. No word on if they used any cheat codes. The URI running game also struggled in the absence of Justin Semmes. In fact, Rhody’s top two rushers were their two quarterbacks, putting up 76 percent of the team’s 115 yards on the ground. Robbie Delgado led the group of running backs with a mere 25 yards on nine carries.
Now let’s never speak of this one again. The Rams head back to the friendly confines of Meade Stadium next Saturday to host the Richmond Spiders. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.