The day after Rhody hoops plays their first home game of the season, the Rhode Island Rams football team will play their final home game of 2013. URI will welcome the Villanova Wildcats to Meade Stadium tomorrow afternoon as Senior Day will be celebrated in Kingston. The Rams currently sit at 3-7 on the year with two games remaining, so a .500 record is now out of the question. However, Rhody could finish at an even 4-4 in the CAA if they can find a way to snag wins in their final two games. One step at a time, though. Here’s a look at what it will take to top the 4-5 (3-3) Wildcats.
1. Contain Robertson
“Stop” John Robertson seems like an unrealistic goal, considering no team has been able to do so all season. ‘Nova’s sophomore quarterback has accounted for 25 touchdowns in just nine games this season, getting it done with both his arm and his legs. Robertson has thrown 10 touchdown passes with just five interceptions so far in 2013, and he’s added 15 rushing touchdowns on an insane 174 running attempts. His 1,107 rushing yards is tops on the team, and his 59-yard scramble two weeks ago against Maine is Villanova’s longest running play from scrimmage this season. The Rams need to find a way to slow Robertson down tomorrow afternoon, or they could be in some trouble.
2. Run the Football
This is easier said than done, especially with URI’s rushing issues recently. But the Wildcats are a team that the Rams should be able to run against. ‘Nova has allowed rushing yards in bunches this season, giving up 251 to New Hampshire and 199 to Maine. Freshman Eerin Young has been getting a bulk of the carries for Rhody as of late, but the other running back will need to step up if Joe Trainer’s squad wants to pick up the home victory.
3. Correct Defensive Issues
Well that’s a given. URI allowed an insane 633 yards of total offense to Old Dominion a week ago, and gave up a school record 66 points. Villanova is likely a cut below the Monarchs, but saying the defense could use improvement over last week is an understatement.
4. Make a Big Special Teams Play
This seems to be the cornerstone of Rhody wins. Look to senior Josh Moody to come up with something big in the final home game of his career. He’s been making the key plays on special teams all season – we expect tomorrow to be no different.
5. Get Bentsen in Beast Mode
This one isn’t exactly a necessity, but tomorrow will mark Broadway Bob’s final home game in a URI uniform. He’ll no doubt be leaving everything he has out on the field, so if he gives the fans something to remember him by, well… that works for us.
So how will the Rams fare in their final home game of 2013? Even though we predicted a loss, the Wildcats do look very beatable at this point in the season. Can Rhody pull it off?