The Old Dominion Monarchs did essentially whatever they wanted on offense yesterday afternoon as they trounced the Rhode Island Rams 66-14 in Virginia. ODU found the end zone nine different times in the game, including six touchdown passes from quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The loss drops Rhody to 3-7 on the season, while the Monarchs moved to 6-3 in their final season in the FCS. Not a lot went right for URI in this one, but let’s take a look at some takeaways from yesterday’s loss.
Rams quarterback Bob Bentsen and wide receiver Ross Kim hooked up for Rhody’s longest pass play this season, a 41-yard TD in the second quarter. The score was the first of Kim’s career as he finished the afternoon with three catches for 84 yards. Freshman running back Eerin Young also had a memorable day, setting his career high with 60 rushing yards. Other than those two big performances, there’s not much to discuss on either side of the ball for Rhode Island.
As for the negatives… just check the scoreboard. The 66 points were the most the Rams have allowed in school history. Old Dominion tallied 633 yards of total offense despite calling off the dogs in the fourth quarter. URI allowed a total of seven passing touchdowns and 6.7 yards per offensive play. The Monarchs were clearly a cut above Rhody, so it might be wise to chalk this up as the equivalent of playing an FBS team.
Now let’s never speak of it again. It’s on to the next one as next Saturday will be Senior Day at Meade Stadium. The Rhode Island Rams will face off against the Villanova Wildcats in their final home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.