Rams Fall Just Short Against Maine, 20-14

Rams Fall Just Short Against Maine, 20-14

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How it Happened

Rhode Island (0-8, 0-4 CAA Football) had a chance to drive for the winning score, but Maine was able to force a turnover on downs and escape with a 20-14 victory Saturday.

After Rhode Island led for most of the day, Maine scored 14 unanswered points , the last of which came on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jerick Fedrick with 2:57 remaining. Fedrick's score gave Maine (3-5, 2-2 CAA Football) the lead for the first time.

Starting at his own 21-yard line, James Caparell moved the ball mostly through the air to the Maine 38-yard line. Caparell hit Robbie Jackson for 10 yards, Charlie McKeeman for 16 and Jackson again for 10 more. However, Maine forced four straight incomplete passes to seal the victory.

Rhode Island came out of the gates fast, driving 80 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Caparell ran it in from 3 yards out to punctuate the drive. Led by linebackers Andrew Bose and Adam Parker, the stout play of the defense kept Rhode Island in front for the remainder of the half.

Maine (2-5, 1-2 CAA Football) responded to the opening touchdown with field goals by Sean Decloux on back-to-back possessions. Decloux connected from 38 yards in the first quarter and hit again from 26 yards in the second quarter to make it 7-6.

Junior Myles Holmes returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to push the Rams ahead 14-6. It was the longest kick return in URI history, breaking the previous record of 98 yards set by Chris Pierce against Massachusetts on Oct. 12, 1991. The return for a score was the first in 46 games for the Rams, dating back to a 75-yard return by Travis Hurd at Delaware on Oct. 16, 2010. 

Though the Rams had the lead and the momentum, Maine turned a third-quarter inception into a touchdown to pull within 14-12, setting the stage for Fedrick's game-winning score in the final minutes. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Linebacker Andrew Bose had a career-high 19 tackles, marking his fifth game this season with double-digit stops. The 19 tackles tied the fifth-highest total in program history. Miguel Vieira and Rob Damon each had 19 in one game. 
  • With 88 tackles this season, Bose set a new career high, topping his previous career high of 86 tackles in 2012. He now has 258 tackles for his career, just 16 shy of Rhode Island's all-time top 10.
  • Bose did move into 10th place in school history with three tackles for loss on the day, giving him 24.5 in his career. He passed Will Santi (1993-96) and Brian Smith (1993-95) who were tied with 21.5. Next up is Vieira with 25. 
  • In addition to his 100-yard touchdown return, cornerback Myles Holmes broke up another pass, giving him 11 for the season. With four games left in the season, he is tied for the second highest single-season total with Virgil Gray (2006) and Jarrod Williams (2010). Raji El-Amin set the program record with 13 in 2006.
  • Sophomore Adam Parker had a career-high 16 tackles, including one for a loss. He now has 71 tackles on the season.
  • Senior wide receiver Robbie Jackson caught three passes for 55 yards. He moved past Harry Walker (1966-68) for 10th place in program history with 106 career catches.
  • The Rhode Island defense had four sacks, as Bose (2), freshman Khilyni Kennedy (1.5) and Dunston Payne (.5) all got to the quarterback. It was the second two-sack game of the season for Bose. Entering the game, the Rams had seven sacks on the year. 
  • Quarterback James Caparell scored the second touchdown of his career in the first quarter. He is now tied with Lyle McCombs for the team lead with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Freshman Harold Cooper topped 100 all-purpose yards for the second week in a row and the third time this season. He rushed for 74 yards, caught two passes for 33 yards and returned a kick 14 yards for 121 total yards.
  • Cooper also had a 40-yard run in the first half. It was his third rush of 25 yards or longer this season.
  • Junior Connor McHugh delivered a 62-yard punt in the first quarter. It was the longest punt of his career, and his second career punt of 60 yards or more. He had a 60-yard boot at Towson in 2012.
  • Maine held the ball for 42:41, compared to 17:19 for Rhode Island.

Stat of the Game
46 – The kick return by Myles Holmes was the first for Rhode Island in 46 games.

What's Next
The Rams hit the road for a contest at Delaware. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.