Rhody Looks for First Win Against Harvard Saturday

Rhody Looks for First Win Against Harvard Saturday

THE BASICS
Harvard at Rhode Island 
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. HARVARD - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday is the fifth meeting between Rhode Island and Harvard, with the Crimson winning each of the previous four meetings.
  • This is Harvard's season opener. It is the third consecutive season Harvard has opened against URI.
  • Harvard hasn't lost opener since 2011, when it fell to Holy Cross, 30-22.
  • Harvard is just the second Ivy League school URI has ever faced. In-state rival Brown - which Rhody plays on Sept. 30 - is the other.
  • Ryan Crawford, Harvard's special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach, spent 2008-11 as Rhode Island's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

PARKER JOINS ELITE COMPANY WITH LATEST TOUCHDOWN CATCH 

  • Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Parker's 63-yard touchdown catch against Stony Brook was his fourth conseutive game with a touchdown reception, making him just the sixth receiver in program history to achieve the feat.
  • Parker joined Cy Butler, Bobby Apgar, Brian Forster, Dameon Reilly and Shawn Leonard in the group of players who have caught touchdown passes in four straight games.
  • Apgar has the longest streak in team history, a seven-game streak in 1994. He also had a streak of six games with a touchdown grab in 1995.
  • Forster and Reilly each had a five-game streak in 1984. Reilly had a second five-game streak that stretched from 1984 to 1985, plus a six-game streak in 1985.
  • Overall, Parker has five touchdown catches in his last six contests.
  • He has caught at least one pass in 10 consecutive games. Over that span, he has caught 23 passes for 556 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 24.2 yards per reception.
  • Parker ranks fourth among CAA Football players in both receptions (11) and receiving yards (165).
  • He is one of nine players with two touchdown catches.

COOPER NEARS TOP 10 IN RUSHING YARDS

  • With 143 rushing yards through the first two games of the season, senior Harold Cooper has 1,769 career rushing yards, leaving him just 26 yards shy of tying Shyron Sanford (1,795 from 1995-98) for 10th place in program history.
  • He is just 225 yards shy of becoming the ninth Rhode Island player to reach 2,000 career rushing yards.
  • The last Ram to reach the mark was Joe Casey, who had 2,915 rushing yards from 2005-07.
  • Cooper has four career 100-yard performances, including a career-best 155 yards at Elon on Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Cooper now has 10 career runs of 30 yards or more, with a career long of 70 yards on a rush against Elon (Nov. 12, 2016).

ROSS FORCES TURNOVER AGAIN

  • In each of his first two career starts, sophomore Myles Ross has forced a turnover for the defense.
  • In the home opener against Stony Brook, he forced a fumble with a hard hit on run support.
  • In the season opener at Central Michigan, he had his first career interception.
  • Ross is tied with defensive end Tez Wilson for second on the team with 17 tackles.
  • Ross had a career-high nine tackles and also had the game's first turnover at Central Michigan.

DEFENSE SECOND IN TAKEAWAYS

  • Rhode Island's defense has created six takeaways through the first two weeks of the season.
  • Only Maine (10 takeaways) has more.
  • The five fumble recoveries by the Rams is the most in CAA Football.
  • Last season, Rhode Island had six fumble recoveries in 11 games, just one more than the Rams have already this year.

PARKER, BEAUVAIS AMONG LEADERS 

  • Sophomore Aaron Parker and redshirt junior Marven Beauvais both rank among the top eight in CAA Football in receptions per game.
  • Parker is tied for fourth in the league with 5.5 catches per game.
  • Beauvais is tied for eighth with 5.0 catches per contest.
  • He has five catches in each of the first two games, both of which represent his highest catch total for one game.
  • 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 (9/17/11).

STEWART PILING UP THE TACKLES

  • Junior safety D.J. Stewart leads the Rams with 21 tackles.
  • With 10 against Stony Brook, he has had 10 or more tackles in six of his 13 starts at safety.
  • Stewart has averaged 8.6 tackles per game over the last two seasons. 

LAWSON SCORES FIRST RUSHING TOUCHDOWN

  • Redshirt junior quarterback JaJuan Lawson had Rhode Island's first rushing touchdown of the season with his 3-yard score against Stony Brook last week.
  • Lawson was impressive in his most extensive action for the Rams, completing 11-of-18 passes for 96 yards while also rushing for 28 yards and the touchdown.
  • With an efficiency rating of 105.9, Lawson ranks 10th among CAA Football quarterbacks.

HARRIS FOURTH IN PASSING YARDAGE 

  • Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Harris is one of four CAA Football quarterbacks averaging more than 200 passing yards per game.
  • He is fourth in the league with 234.5 passing yards per game.
  • His four touchdown passes also is fourth in the league.
  • He passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns at Central Michigan in his first career start, the most passing yardage and touchdown passes by a player making his starting debut for the Rams. Both numbers also represented the most ever by a Rhode Island player against an FBS opponent.

GINNETTI HAS SACKS IN FIRST TWO GAMES 

  • Sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti has recorded one sack in each of the first two games of the season.
  • He and senior Jose Duncan are tied for the league lead in sacks.
  • Ginnetti has eight tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break up this season.