If Rhody fans were expecting the worst this afternoon – this is what the the worst looks like. The Rhode Island Rams allowed nine touchdowns to the Old Dominion Monarchs this afternoon as this one was, uh… not close. ODU lead the entire way as they picked up the 66-14 win, and they looked more than ready to make the jump to the FBS next season. The loss drops URI to 3-7 on the season, but they remain at 2-4 in the CAA. Today’s blowout marked the Rams’ last non-conference game of the season.
The Monarchs opened the scoring mid-way through the first quarter thanks to a 12-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Heinicke to wide receiver Antonio Vaughan. ODU tacked on a field goal later in the first quarter before Heinicke threw his second touchdown pass to make the score 17-0. But Rhody struck back. Bob Bentsen hit Ross Kim for a 41-yard TD strike to close the gap to 17-7. But Heinicke tosses two more touchdown passes before the half, and added another early in the third quarter to effectively put the game away. Bentsen added a second touchdown pass, this time to Robbie Jackson, but that’s all the URI offense could muster.
As for Heinicke, he posted video game numbers. The junior completed 28 of his 35 passes for 293 yards and an amazing six touchdowns. ODU tried to call of the dogs by bringing in freshman David Washington, but he picked up right where Heinicke left off, completing four of five passes and notching his team’s seventh TD pass of the day. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Monarchs also tallied 285 yards on the ground to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Old Dominion racked up 633 total yards on the day.
As for the Rams… well, Bob Bentsen didn’t have an awful day. He only completed 12 of his 26 throws, but he did net 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air. Ross Kim, Eerin Young, and Robbie Jackson also had strong days for the Rhody offense. Being that the 66 points was the most allowed in school history, forgive us for not mentioning the URI defense in this space.
We’ll have more on this game coming up tomorrow. But after that, let’s never speak of it again.