How it Happened
Delaware scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and held off Rhode Island in the second half en route to a 28-13 victory Saturday.
After forcing a three-and-out on Rhode Island's opening possession, Delaware (5-4, 3-2 CAA Football) drove 58 yards in five plays on its first drive. Jordan Randolph ran it in from 15 yards out to help put the Blue Hens up 7-0 just 3:55 into the game.
The Blue Hens doubled their lead on their second possession, driving 65 yards in five plays. Trent Hurley hit Michael Johnson for a 24-yard score to make the score 14-0 with 5:31 left in the opening quarter. Hurley hit Diante Cherry for 13 yards midway through the second quarter to push the advantage to 21-0.
Rhode Island (0-9, 0-5 CAA Football) got on the board just before the end of the half. A 7-yard punt return by Robbie Jackson gave the Rams the ball at the Delaware 37. A pair of Jordan Sebastian runs moved the ball to the 27 before James Caparell hit Ezra Holmes for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
The Rams' defense came up with a huge play early in the third, as Tim Wienclaw recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown to pull the Rams within seven, at 21-13. It was the first fumble return for a touchdown in 50 games for Rhode Island, dating back to James Timmins' 39-yard return against New Hampshire on Sept. 18, 2010.
Rhode Island was not able to get any closer as it fell for the 13th consecutive game.
Inside the Box Score
- Linebacker Andrew Bose had nine tackles and an interception. It was the first interception of his career and Rhode Island's first in five games.
- Safety Tim Wienclaw had eight tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown. It was the third fumble recovery of the season for Wienclaw.
- Safety Donovan Walker had a team-high 10 tackles plus one forced fumble.
- Freshman tight end Ezra Holmes caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from James Caparell in the second quarter. It was the first touchdown catch of Holmes' career.
- Redshirt junior Jordan Sebastian rushed 16 times for a season-high 64 yards.
- Freshman Harold Cooper added a team-high 83 yards rushing as Rhode Island rushed for a season-high 157 yards as a team. Cooper averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
- Freshman linebacker TJ Anderson ran the Wildcat on the offense at times. Anderson rushed nine times for 12 yards.
- Defensive end Blake Jones had four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.
- Freshman Anthony St. Laurent got his first career sack in the third quarter. Rhode Island had two sacks on the day. In the last three weeks, the Rams have eight sacks after recording just five over the first six games of the year.
- Since 2009, Delaware has scored in the first half of 68 of its last 69 games.
- Wide receiver Xavier Ferland made his first career start. He is the 42nd different player to start a game for the Rams this season.
- Junior punter Connor McHugh had a 48-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line by Clay Crume in the second quarter.
- Rhode Island went for it seven times on fourth down, converting twice.
- Tickets distributed for the game was 12,798. However the cold, rainy weather kept the bulk of those fans away from the game.
Stat of the Game
21 – Rhode Island's defense caused two turnovers in a span of 21 seconds in the third quarter. Tim Wienclaw returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown with 14:15 to go, and then Rondell Lane recovered a fumble at the Delaware 35, 21 seconds later.
The Rams are home next weekend, to take on No. 2 New Hampshire. Game time for the Family Day contest is 12:30 p.m.