Rams Host Stony Brook Saturday in CAA Football Opener

Rams Host Stony Brook Saturday in CAA Football Opener

THE BASICS
Stony Brook at Rhode Island 
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:04 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. STONY BROOK - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday is the fourth meeting between Rhode Island and Stony Brook, with the SeaWolves winning each of the previous four meetings.
  • This will be the third visit to Meade Stadium for Stony Brook.
  • Rhode Island held a 3-0 lead into the fourth quarter last season, but Stony Brook scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to take the victory.
  • Stacey Bedell had 138 rushing yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:09 remaining to lead Stony Brook to the win.
  • Rhode Island blocked a pair of field goal attempts in the last meeting between the teams, as Tez Wilson and Danny Harry, Jr. each had one block.
  • Saturday's game is the CBS Digital/College Sports Live CAA Football Game of the Week. It will stream for free on collegesportslive.com.
  • Rhode Island and Stony Brook are meeting for the fifth consecutive season since the SeaWolves joined CAA Football before the start of the 2013 season.
  • This matchup features a strong passing offense against a strong passing defense. Rhode Island had 284 passing yards in its season opener at Central Michigan, the second highest total in the league. Stony Brook allowed 186 passing yards in its loss at USF, the third lowest among CAA Football teams in Week 1.

RAMS RECEIVE VOTES IN LATEST STATS FCS TOP 25 POLL 

  • Rhode Island's effort at Central Michigan in Week One of the season caused national voters to take notice, as the Rams received nine votes in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, which was released Monday.
  • It is the first time in more than a decade the Rams have received Top 25 votes.
  • The Rams have not appeared in the FCS Top 25 since they finished the 2001 season ranked No. 21 in the country. That year, Rhode Island finished 8-3 under Tim Stowers after beginning the season 7-0.
  • In 2005, the Rams began the season 3-0, including a win over No. 7 William & Mary, but did not crack the top 25.
    Defending national champion James Madison was the consensus No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving 152 out of 163 first-place votes to easily outpace No. 2 North Dakota State. Also in the top 25 from the CAA were No. 6 Villanova, No. 9 Richmond and No. 12 New Hampshire.
  • Rhode Island was among six other CAA Football schools to receive votes in the STATS poll, joining Albany (186), Delaware (38), Stony Brook (29), Maine (10) and William & Mary (3).

DUNCAN JOINS ELITE COMPANY WITH 2-SACK PERFORMANCE 

  • Senior Jose Duncan had 2.0 sacks in the season opener at Central Michigan, marking the third time in his career with 2.0 or more sacks in a game.
  • He joined Frank Ferrara (1995-98) as the only Rams to achieve the feat three times in a career.
  • Ferrara - who had four career multi-sack games - owns both the career (33) and single-season (15 in 1998) sack records for the Rams.
  • Duncan now has 9.0 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss in his career.
  • Duncan was a CAA Football Third-Team All-Conference selection in 2016. 

DEFENSE SHOWS KNACK FOR TAKEAWAYS

  • Rhode Island's defense came up with four takeaways in the season opener at Central Michigan, tying the Rams with James Madison and Towson for the most in the league.
  • The Rams got fumble recoveries from defensive end Tez Wilson, linebacker Justin Hogan and cornerback Momodou Mbye.
  • Safety Myles Ross had an interception, the first of his career.
  • It was the most turnovers created by a Rhode Island team in 42 games, dating back to a six-turnover performance (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 28, 2013.

BEAUVAIS EXPLODES IN SEASON OPENER

  • Redshirt junior Marven Beauvais had the best game of his career in the season opener at Central Michigan, catching five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.
  • The 106 yards marked the first career 100-yard receiving game for the Cranston, R.I. native. The five receptions also were a career best for Beauvais.
  • His 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run was a personal best. It also was Rhode Island's longest pass play in 66 games, dating back to an 83-yard touchdown grab by Anthony Baskerville against Massachusetts on Sept. 17, 2011.
  • In addition to his own touchdown catch, Beauvais played a key role in the team's first touchdown of the game, as his block on the outside helped spring freshman Isaiah Coulter free for a 56-yard touchdown catch.
  • For his career, Beauvais is averaging 15.8 yards per reception. He now has 35 career catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns.

 DENTON HAS IMPRESSIVE DEBUT PUNTING

  • In his collegiate debut, freshman punter Satchel Denton played a major role in the field position battle at Central Michigan, averaging 38.3 yards on seven punts.
  • Denton's hang time and angling prevented any returns, as six of his punts resulted in fair catches and the seventh was downed at the CMU 2-yard line.
  • Denton had a net average of 38.3 yards per punt, the fourth highest average in the league for the first week.
  • Of his seven punts, three were placed inside the opposing 20 and one was downed at the 2-yard line. He had a long punt of 56 yards.

PARKER SCORES AGAIN

  • Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Parker has caught a touchdown pass in each of Rhode Island's last three games.
  • He has four touchdown catches in his last five contests.
  • Parker has caught at least one pass in nine consecutive games. Over that span, he has caught 19 passes for 460 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 24.2 yards per reception.
  • His seven catches at Central Michigan were the second most among CAA Football players in Week One, behind only Richmond's Dejon Brissett, who had nine catches last week.

COOPER LEADS CAA, NATION IN KICK RETURNS 

  • Senior Harold Cooper averaged 38.5 yards per kick return in the opening week, the highest average in the country among FCS players.
  • His 58-yard return at CMU was the longest by any CAA Football player by 18 yards.

ANCHOR DOWN
Each week, one player is chosen to be the team's anchor bearer. The anchor, which is prominently featured on the Rhode Island state flag, symbolizes the Rams' core values: accountability, productivity and persistence.   

RECON-RAM OF THE WEEK
Each week, one player is chosen as the team's RECON-RAM of the Week for exceeding beyond the limitations set down by others. This player sacrificed personal comforts and dedicated himself for the good of team by doing his job with great effort, mental attitude and passion.