Rhody Comes Up Short Against Villanova, 24-3

Rhody Comes Up Short Against Villanova, 24-3

How it Happened
Rhode Island could not stop the Villanova rushing attack, falling 24-3 to the Wildcats Saturday.

The Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 CAA Football) gradually wore down the Rams, pounding the ball for 284 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Matt Gudzak ran for 118 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while quarterback Zach Bednarczyk added 74 yards and a score.

Rhode Island's defense kept the score close in the first half, as the Rams (1-8, 1-5 CAA Football) went into the break trailing only 7-3. However, Rhody managed just 208 yards of total offense and committed four turnovers, preventing itself from sustaining any momentum in the second half.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior wide receiver Phadrae White led the Rams with six catches for 58 yards.
  • Sophomore running back Harold Cooper averaged 4.9 yards per carry and finished with 59 rushing yards for the day. He added three catches for 23 yards.
  • Freshman Justin Rohrwasser hit a 25-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, extending his streak to seven straight games with at least one field goal. He is now 9-for-12 on field goals this season. It is the most field goals by a Rhody kicker in one season since Louis Feinstein was 11-for-19 in 2010.
  • Junior Adam Parker led the defense with eight tackles, including his second sack of the season. 
  • Junior Naiquan Thomas added seven tackles, while Tim Wienclaw had six.
  • Defensive end Anthony St. Laurent matched his career high with five tackles.
  • Redshirt freshman Derek Allen made his first career start, getting the nod at right guard in place of Sam Hartman, who missed the game with injury.
  • Junior linebacker Adam Parker was the team's anchor bearer, while senior running back Robby Delgado served as the game captain.
  • Attendance for the game was 6,122.

Stats of the Game
4 – Rhode Island committed four turnovers, while Villanova did not have any.
3 – Despite the four turnovers by the offense, Rhode Island's defense allowed just three points off the turnovers.  

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts Stony Brook in its final home game Saturday, Nov. 14. Kickoff - which is set for 12:30 p.m. - will be preceeded by a brief ceremony to honor Rhody's graduating seniors.