The Rhode Island Rams football team has three wins so far this season, and each one has a slightly different feel. Rhody’s first victory of the season over Albany was more of a relief than anything else. The beat-down of Central Connecticut State gave fans a triumphant feeling. And yesterday’s 12-10 win over the Richmond Spiders was downright exhilarating. The Rams were able to not only go toe-to-toe with one of the best defenses in the CAA, but they were able to beat them at their own game. The Rhody D was the main reason for URI’s win, moving them to 3-5 (2-3) on the season. Here are a few more thoughts on yesterday’s thriller.
Between Rhode Island’s defense and special teams, there’s enough positives to write a novel about. So let’s focus on the big ones. First, the Rams’ D. URI tallied an amazing fifteen (!!!) pass deflections to go along with three sacks and a huge fumble recovery (which sealed the victory). The defense was so good that Tim Wienclaw was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week today by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Rhody’s special teams was just as good. Besides the four field goals from Dylan Smith, the Rams blocked another kick, this time a 47-yard field goal. And take a wild guess who blocked it. Of course it was none other than URI defensive end Josh Moody, who now has four blocked kicks on the season. Rhode Island’s special teams also forced and recovered a big fumble, and put together several big kickoff returns thanks to senior Mackenzie Elliott.
But despite the win, the URI offense still had their issues. Bob Bentsen completed just 17 of 34 passes for 163 yards and three interceptions. The last of his three picks almost cost the Rams the game, and it was just a microcosm of how much of a mess the passing game really was. Bentsen can’t expect to be bailed out by his defense every game, so he’ll need to be better next week and beyond.
Speaking of which, next weekend is Homecoming! The Rams are once again at Meade Stadium, this time welcoming the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.