HOW IT HAPPENED
Rhode Island (0-9, 0-6 CAA Football) committed five turnovers and was shut out for the first time since the 2010 season opener in a 39-0 loss at Richmond Saturday.
After the teams battled through a scoreless first quarter, Richmond (6-3, 4-2 CAA Football) scored 13 points in the second quarter and 23 more in the third quarter to break the game open. Running back Kendall Gaskins rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Michael Strauss completed 17-of-25 attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns for the Spiders. It was the seventh time this season Richmond has scored at least 35 points.
The Rams have now dropped 11 straight games overall, dating back to last season. The school record for consecutive losses is 12, set from 2009-10.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Linebacker Andrew Bose led Rhode Island with a career-high 16 tackles. Bose tied six other players for the ninth-most tackles in a single game in Rhode Island history. He also had a forced fumble.
- Defensive back Tim Wienclaw had a career-high 11 tackles.
- Freshman defensive tackle P. Ekpen Iduoze had his first career fumble recovery to go with three tackles.
- Wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell went over 2,000 receiving yards for his career with an 18-yard grab in the first quarter, his lone catch of the game.
- Sophomore quarterback Danny Fenyak made his first career start for the Rams. He finished 16-of-31 for 124 yards and five interceptions. The five interceptions was one shy of the school record, held by Tom Ehrhardt and Greg Farland.
- Sophomore Eric Thomson made his first career start at right tackle. With Jeff Kennedy out with an injury, junior Andrew Belizaire moved from left tackle to center and Kevin Mustac shifted from right tackle to left tackle.
- Sophomore tight end Andrew Siden made his first career start.
The game captains for the Rams were wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell, defensive back Selwyn Nicholas, guard Kyle Elliott and defensive tackle Damen Vargas.
STAT OF THE DAY
39 – Rhode Island has had 39 different players start at least one game this season. Quarterback Danny Fenyak, offensive lineman Eric Thomson and tight end Andrew Siden all made their first starts, becoming the 37th, 38th and 39th different starters this year.
Rhode Island is back on the road next week as it travels to No. 22 Towson Saturday, Nov. 10. Towson (5-4, 4-2 CAA Football) won at No. 23 Delaware 34-27 in overtime Saturday.