Rams Play No. 2 New Hampshire Tough, Falter Late

Rams Play No. 2 New Hampshire Tough, Falter Late

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How it Happened

Rhode Island (0-10, 0-6 CAA Football) hung tough with No. 2 New Hampshire into the third quarter, but the Wildcat passing game proved too much as UNH defeated the Rams 41-14 Saturday.

Senior running back Lyle McCombs scored his second touchdown of the day on the opening possession of the second half to pull the Rams within 21-14. However, New Hampshire (8-1, 6-0 CAA Football) scored touchdowns on three of its next four possessions to put the game away. 

New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich and wide receiver R.J. Harris connected on 11 passes, including a pair of touchdown strikes. Goldrich, who returned to the lineup after missing several games, was 25-of-33 for 330 yards, while Harris had 210 receiving yards to lead the Wildcats. 

Inside the Box Score

  • After missing six games with an injury, senior running back Lyle McCombs made his presence felt. He took his first carry of the day 45 yards for a touchdown. McCombs finished the day with 115 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. It was the second two-touchdown game of the season for McCombs. McCombs needs just one more rushing yard to reach 3,000 for his career.
  • McCombs became the first Ram in 16 games to top 100 yards rushing. Justin Semmes had 144 agaist Central Connecticut last season.
  • Freshman Romeo Masuku blocked a punt in the first quarter, his second blocked punt of the season.
  • Linebacker Andrew Bose had seven tackles, which moved him into a tie for 10th place in program history with Frank Ferrara (1994-98) with 274 career stops. 
  • Bose also moved into ninth place in Rhode Island history with 25.5 career tackles for loss, passing Miguel Vieira (1997-98).
  • Junior safety Tim Wienclaw broke up a pair of passes, including one including one on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. He also recorded the 200th tackle of his career during the second quarter and now has 204 in his career.
  • Senior safety Donovan Walker led the team with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss. It is his second straight game with 10 stops, and his fifth this season.
  • Freshman running back Harold Cooper had 52 yards on eight carries. Over his last 49 carries, Cooper is averaging 6.3 yards per attempt.
  • Cooper also completed a 23-yard pass to senior wide receiver Robbie Jackson
  • The 208 rushing yards for the Rams were a season high.
  • Freshman tight end Charlie McKeeman caught one pass for 15 yards. He has at least one catch in all 10 games this season.
  • With 53 receiving yards on two receptions, Robbie Jackson moved into 10th place in URI history with 1,237 receiving yards. He passed Anthony Baskerville, who had 1,231 from 2010-11.
  • The game was the first on the road for New Hampshire in more than a month. The Wildcats last played on the road at Elon on Oct. 4. Since then, they have had three home games and a bye week.

Stat of the Game
7210 – The fans in attendance for the Family Day contest. It was the largest crowd at Meade this season. 

What's Next
The Rams head to Stony Brook for their final road game of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.