How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-4, 0-2 CAA Football) trailed by just five points following a Justin Rohrwasser field goal on the first possession of the second half, but the Rams were outscored 24-7 the rest of the way in a 39-17 loss to New Hampshire Saturday.
New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0 CAA Football) got on the scoreboard first, driving 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead with 4:51 left in the first quarter. URI responded on its next possession, also a 75-yard drive, eventually scoring on a 1-yard T.J. Anderson run with 1:21 left in the quarter. Quarterback Paul Mroz completed 4-of-5 passes for 56 yards while going 2-for-2 on third down opportunities on the drive.
The Wildcats closed out the half with a TD midway through the second quarter and after a successful two-point conversion, UNH led 15-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Rohrwasser converted his first field goal of the season to cut the deficit to 15-10 with 11:59 left in the quarter. The Wildcats tacked on 10 unanswered points, increasing their lead to 25-10 in the fourth quarter after a 25-yard FG with 13:42 left. But the Rams would continue to fight, as Mroz scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown, making it 25-17 with 9:54 left in regulation.
UNH pulled away late in the fourth two more touchdowns - a 12-yard touchdown strike with 5:29 to go and a 10-yard fumble recovery for a score.
Inside the Box Score
- Paul Mroz led the Rams with 249 yards on 15-of-29 passing. He threw one interception. The senior also gained 52 yards on the ground and rushed for a touchdown.
- Harold Buckner III had six receptions for 108 yards on the day, leading all receivers.
- Charlie McKeeman added four catches for 28 yards, while Aaron Parker and Sam Benjamin each had two catches.
- Ezra Holmes led the way defensively, recording 12 total tackles and one sack.
- Jose Duncan added two sacks for the Rams - the first Rhody player since Blake Jones in 2014 (vs. Towson) to register at least two sacks in a game.
- Oliver Graybar had a long punt of 51 yards on the afternoon.
- Freshman A.J. Baxter made his collegiate debut, appearing at safety and on special teams. He had two tackles.
- Jordan Vazzano entered the game at quarterback in the fourth quarter and was 3-for-10 for 61 yards.
- The game captain for the Rams was senior cornerback Travis Crawley.
- Junior defensive end Jose Duncan served as the anchor bearer for the game.
- Attendance was 3,676.
Stat of the Game
310 - Rhode Island passed for a season-high 310 yards. It was the first time since Nov. 7, 2009 the Rams have topped 300 passing yards. Rhody had 424 passing yards at New Hampshire in 2009, a span of 83 games.
Rhode Island is back at Meade Stadium Saturday, Oct. 1 when it hosts in-state rival Brown in the annual Governor's Cup. Kickoff is set for noon.