ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior cornerback Mackenzie Elliott broke up a pass in the end zone to end the game and clinch Rhode Island's first victory of the season, a 19-13 overtime victory over Albany Saturday night.
After Justin Semmes scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give Rhode Island (1-2, 1-1 CAA Football) the lead, Albany (1-2, 0-1 CAA Football) took over at the Rhody 25. A holding penalty on second-and-5 pushed Albany back to the 30-yard line. The Great Danes picked up 7 yards to set up third-and-8. Senior James Timmins came up with an 11-yard sack to force Albany into a fourth-and-19.
Albany quarterback Will Fiacchi targeted receiver Kevin Chillis in the corner of the end zone, but Elliott broke the pass up, ending Rhode Island's 15-game losing streak in the process.
Inside the Box Score
- Linebacker Andrew Bose led the team with a career-high 17 tackles, tying him for the sixth highest single-game total in school history. Bose also had including two for a loss and combined with James Timmins on a sack. He added two pass break-ups.
- Linebacker Dave Zocco finished with 10 tackles.
- Defensive linemen Josh Moody and Shomari Watts combined for Rhode Island's first takeaway of the season in the first quarter. Moody had a sack and forced fumble, which was recovered by Watts.
- Moody finished the game with four tackles, including two tackles for a loss and one sack. He also blocked a field goal and an extra point on special teams.
- Free safety Andre Scott tied a school record for a single game with four pass break-ups. Scott finished with five tackles.
- In addition to his game-clinching pass break-ups, Mackenzie Elliott had six tackles.
- Defensive end James Timmins had five tackles, including 1.5 sacks.
- Ten different players caught at least one pass for Rhode Island.
- Justin Semmes had 73 yards rushing on 19 carries in his most extensive action with the Rams.
- Anthony DiPaula punted eight times for 320 yards, an average of 40 yards per punt. He had a long of 57 yards, and put three of the punts inside the Albany 20.
- Dylan Smith made field goal attempts from 45 and 36 yards. The 45-yard make was the longest of his career.
Stat of the Day
0:00 – Amount of time Rhode Island trailed in the game.
Rhode Island is back on the road for its second straight road night game when it travels to William & Mary Saturday, Sept. 21.