The Rhode Island Rams closed out their season with a 41-0 loss to the Maine Black Bears yesterday afternoon, putting an exclamation point on what had been a downward spiral over their last four games. Rhody suffered their fourth shutout of the season and second in a row, as both the offense and defense failed them once again. URI ends their 2013 campaign at 3-9 (2-6 in CAA play), while the victory clinched the CAA crown for the Black Bears.
Kolt Peavey – the junior transfer from South Alabama – got the start in this one as Bob Bentsen was relegated to the bench, dealing with symptoms of a concussion. The Black Bears came out firing in this one, as they scored early, often, and with incredible efficiency. Maine’s first four touchdown drives (all in the first half, mind you) were all four plays or less and all lasted just 1:22 or less. The Black Bears took a 31-0 lead into the locker room before pulling back the reigns a bit in the second half. Maine QB Marcus Wasilewski was absolutely stellar, completing 22 of 26 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
For Peavey and the Rams, it was more struggles on offense. In his first start at URI, Peavey completed just 10 of his 28 passes for 173 yards. Meanwhile, the Rhode Island running game was non-existent once again. Rhody tallied 51 yards total on the ground in this one, good for only 1.6 yards per carry. Like in weeks past, poor offense plus poor defense equals a blowout loss.
With that, the 2013 season comes to a close. We’ll have a full breakdown of the year that was coming up in a week or so; there’s still another week left of football as next week is technically URI’s “bye” week.