Rams Drop Heartbreaker, 14-3, at Stony Brook

Rams Drop Heartbreaker, 14-3, at Stony Brook

How it Happened
Rhode Island shut out Stony Brook into the fourth quarter, but the SeaWolves scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to escape with a 14-3 win over Rhody Saturday.

Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 CAA Football) got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal from Justin Rohrwasser. The kick capped a 16-play, 68-yard drive that ate 7:07 off the clock. It was Rhody's longest possession of the season.

In the fourth quarter, Stony Brook  (4-2, 3-0 CAA Football) finally broke through. Following a 28-yard punt return by Sherman Alston, the SeaWolves started first-and-10 at the Rhode Island 36. Back-to-back runs by Jordan Gowins moved the ball 17 yards to the Rhode Island 19. Stacey Bedell carried on four straight plays, eventually plunging in for a 1-yard touchdown. Jordan Gowins added a 2-yard scoring run with 3:40 to go to put the game away.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior defensive lineman Jose Duncan led a strong effort up front with a career-high nine tackles, six of which were solo stops.
  • Rhode Island's defense finished with eight tackles for loss.
  • Safety D.J. Stewart led the Rams with 12 tackles, while sophomore Nas Jones had nine. Both players matched their career best.
  • Sophomore linebacker Tez Wilson blocked a field goal in the second quarter, and junior defensive end Danny Harry, Jr. blocked a 38-yard attempt in the third. Rhode Island has blocked three kicks over the last two weeks, and four kicks this season. Isaiah Hill blocked a punt last week at Villanova and Abdul Ibrahim blocked an extra point at Harvard.
  • Wilson, junior Isaiah Hill and junior Anthony St. Laurent each had 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Redshirt freshman Lorenzo started at linebacker and had a career-high seven tackles, one fumble recovery and 0.5 tackles for loss.
  • Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Monte Sinisi had a career-best five tackles.
  • Sophomore kicker Justin Rohrwasser continued to come through when called upon, hitting a 32-yard field goal. He is now 11-for-15 on field goals in his career, and his .733 percentage is the second best in program history.
  • Sophomore Khayri Denny led the Rams with four catches for 31 yards.
  • Freshman Aaron Parker, sophomore Marven Beauvais and junior Harold Buckner III each caught three passes.
  • Redshirt freshman Jordan Vazzano was 13-of-30 for a career-high 100 passing yards.
  • Freshman Kevin Lawrence made his collegiate debut on the offensive line in the second half. Junior Geoff Horwitz and freshman long snapper Joe DeLeone both made their Rhody debuts, appearing on special teams.
  • Redshirt freshman Dwayne Scott was the team's anchor bearer, and senior linebacker QuVaughn Jones served as the game captain.
  • Attendance for the game was 12,221, the most ever for a game at LaValle Stadium.

Stat of the Game
157 – Stony Brook gained 157 rushing yards in the second half on 31 carries. The SeaWolves averaged 5.1 yards per carry after the break. They averaged 3.9 in the first half.

What's Next

Rhode Island is back at Meade Stadium to host Maine Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for noon.