The Rhode Island Rams failed to covert several scoring chances early on Saturday afternoon, and the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens made them pay dearly. UD rattled off 21 straight points between the second and third quarters to put the game out of reach for Rhody, handing the Rams a 35-13 loss. The defeat drops URI to 3-6 on the season and 2-4 in the CAA as they now stand alone in 8th place in the tough 11-team conference. There aren’t many positives to garner from this one, but let’s see what we can take away.
First up, the Rhody offense. Robbie Jackson turned in another stellar performance (nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown), but there wasn’t much else to write home about. Bob Bentsen had an okay afternoon by his standards, completing 20-35 passes with both a touchdown and an interception mixed in. But he only threw for 148 yards, good for just a 4.2 yard average per completion. And while the Rams won the time of possession battle (about 32 minutes to 28 minutes), they likely could have kept the UD offense off the field for even longer. But their inability to run the ball effectively hurt them; Rhody averaged just 3.0 yards per carry and didn’t have a single rusher gain over 50 yards.
A look at the defense and it doesn’t get much better. Rhode Island allowed exactly 500 yards of offense, including two huge touchdown runs of 75+ yards at crucial junctures of the game. The D did generate three turnovers – including one that led directly to a URI touchdown – but too many breakdowns allowed Delaware to display their explosive offense. The Rams allowed 314 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground total, including two 100-yard performances by Blue Hens’ players. Even if you discount the big plays, that still isn’t going to cut it.
And it doesn’t get any easier for Rhody. They’ll head to Virginia on Saturday to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs, who are playing this season as an independent team before fully joining the FBS next year. Yikes. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.