How it Happened
Rhode Island took the lead with little more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but in-state rival responded with two touchdowns in the final five minutes and won the annual Governor's Cup game, 41-31, Saturday night.
After falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter, Rhode Island (0-5) rallied all the way back to take its first lead of the game at 24-20, following a 13-yard touchdown pass from Paul Mroz to Phadrae White. The score capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive by the Rams, who scored 17 unanswered points to move into the lead.
Brown (1-2) retook the lead midway through the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Seth Rosenbauer with 8:38 left in the game. Rhody responded immediately, as Harold Cooper took the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to push Rhody back in front, 31-27.
Brown came right back on its next possession, driving to the Rhode Island 20. A 1-yard loss and a holding penalty set up second-and-21. Brown picked up 11 yards, and then, on third-and-10, Marcus Fuller hit Alex Jette for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Brown a 34-31 advantage.
The pinball action didn't stop there, as Rhode Island moved the ball to the Brown 30 yard line. A 47-yard field goal attempt by Justin Rohrwasser to tie the game had plenty of distance, but was wide left.
Rhody's defense forced the Bears to go three-and-out to give the Rams one more chance with 2:13 to go. However, an interception return for a touchdown by Brown's Jordan Ferguson ended Rhode Island's hopes for a final comeback.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island scored a touchdown in all three phases of the game. Junior Adam Parker had a 26-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown following a strip sack by Greg Doutre. Harold Cooper had a kick return for a touchdown on special teams and the offense had one passing score and one rushing touchdown.
- The touchdown for Parker was the first of his career. He had 11 tackles, his third straight game with double digits. Over his last three games, the linebacker has 39 tackles.
- Cooper set a career high with 109 rushing yards, and also had his first career rushing touchdown on a 3-yard run in the second quarter. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for the night.
- Cooper also had 183 kick return yards on three attempts. His 92-yard kick return tied Wendell Williams (Nov. 23, 2002 vs. Massachusetts) for the fifth longest in school history. It was Rhode Island's second kick return for a touchdown in as many seasons, as Myles Holmes had a return for a score against Maine last year.
- Freshman Khayri Denny caught three passes for 60 yards, and fellow freshman Marven Beauvais had four grabs for 56 yards. Beauvais had a 45-yard touchdown catch nullified by a Rhode Island penalty in the second quarter.
- Senior Phadrae White had three catches for 31 yards and his first career touchdown.
- Freshman linebacker Tez Wilson career-high 10 tackles to go with one forced fumble and one pass break up.
- Senior Myles Holmes tied a program record by breaking up four passes in the game. He is the fourth player in team history to have four break ups in one game, joining Keith Heinemann (vs. William & Mary, 2001), Anthony Offord (vs. Massachusetts, 2002) and Andre Scott (vs. Albany, 2013). He is now ninth in Rhode Island history with 16 career break ups.
- Sophomore defensive lineman Jose Duncan matched his career high with six tackles.
- Freshman Ahkema Evans had five tackles, including two tackles for loss, and one pass break up. His tackle of Brown punter Grant Senne for a 20-yard loss following a botched snap set up Harold Cooper's second quarter touchdown run.
- Senior Robby Delgado served as the anchor bearer for the Rams, while senior Greg Doutre was the game captain.
- Brown quarterback Marcus Fuller passed for 438 yards and four touchdowns. He was 41-for-58 on the night.
- The Bears were 4-for-5 on fourth down conversions.
- Attendance for the game was 5183.
Stat of the Game
3 – All three career touchdowns for sophomore Harold Cooper have come against Brown. In two games against the Bears, Cooper has caught a touchdown pass, rushed for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score.
Rhode Island will be at home for consecutive weeks for the first time this season. The Rams host Delaware next Saturday at noon, and then Richmond comes to town for Homecoming weekend Oct. 17.