Rhody Falls in Homecoming Matchup vs. Richmond

Rhody Falls in Homecoming Matchup vs. Richmond

How it Happened
Rhode Island fell behind 13-0 early in the first quarter and was unable to rally as it fell 37-12 to No. 13 Richmond on Saturday. 

Richmond (5-1, 3-0 CAA Football) took its opening possession 90 yards on nine plays for a touchdown as Jacobi Green powered it in from 6 yards out. The drive was keyed by the passing game, as Kyle Lauletta was 4-for-5 for 65 yards, 58 of which went to wideout Reggie Diggs.

After an interception on Rhody's opening possession, Richmond came right back with its second touchdown of the day. Seth Fisher ran it in from 13 yards out to cap a five-play, 51-yard drive. The point after was missed, making the score 13-0.

Rhode Island (1-6, 1-3 CAA Football) got on the board with a 29-yard field goal by freshman Justin Rohrwasser with 2:03 to go in the first quarter. He added a 26-yard field goal with 7:37 to go in the second quarter to close the gap to 13-6.

The defense appeared to have a stop late in the second quarter, but on a missed 50-yard field goal attempt by the Spiders, Rhody was called for running into the kicker. Richmond subsequently converted the fourth-down attempt and went on to get a 14-yard touchdown run by Lauletta to push the lead to 20-6 with 1:01 left in the half.

The Rams added a fourth quarter touchdown, as freshman Wesley McCoy engineered a seven-play, 75 yard drive – capped by a 10 yard strike to Harold Cooper – for his first collegiate TD pass.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman kicker Justin Rohrwasser continued his strong season, making a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter and adding a 26 yarder in the second quarter . Rohrwasser has made at least one field goal in five straight games and is now 7-for-10 on the season.
  • Sophomore running back Harold Cooper rushed 13 times for 94 yards, while also catching six passes out of the backfield for 35 yards – including the 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior wide receiver Phadrae White had four receptions for 40 yards.
  • Redshirt sophomore James Caparell made his first start of the season at quarterback, in place of the injured Paul Mroz (hand). Caparell completed 10-of-19 passes for 68 yards and one interception.
  • Freshman quarterback Wesley McKoy made his debut, coming on for the first time late in the first quarter. McKoy was 6-for-9 for 71 yards and a touchdown.  He also scrambled for 20 yards.
  • Senior cornerback Myles Holmes finished with a career-high 10tackles (eight solo), while junior Naiquan Thomas had eight stops (four solo). Senior linebacker Connor Caponegro finished with eight tackles,including five solo stops and two for a loss.
  • Sophomore linebacker Khilyni Kennedy recorded his second sack of the season in the third quarter.
  • The anchor bearer for Rhode Island was linebacker Naiquan Thomas, while the game captain was running back Jordan Sebastian.
  • The scout team players of the week were Trystan Casey and Perry Schrader.
  • Attendance for the game was 6143.

Stats of the Game

  • 5-for-5 – Richmond was 5-for-5 on its visits to the red zone, scoring four touchdowns and one field goal for a total of 30 points.
  • 48 – Harold Cooper's 48-yard run in the second quarter was his longest from scrimmage this season.

What's Next
Rhode Island has its bye week coming up and will return to action on Halloween, when it visits New Hampshire. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.