Rhode Island Heads to Maine Saturday afternoon

Rhode Island Heads to Maine Saturday afternoon

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Maine 
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. MAINE - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Saturday's game is the 96th all time between Rhode Island and Maine in a series that dates back to 1911.
  • The only opponent Rhode Island has played more often than Maine is Brown (102 games).
  • The Rams are 34-58-3 all time against Maine, including a 19-37-2 record on the road.
  • Rhode Island's last win in the series came in a 3-0 win on Oct. 28, 2006 in Kingston. The last time the Rams won at Maine was Oct. 10, 1998, in an 18-17 victory.
  • Maine's offensive coordinator, Liam Coen, was Rhode Island's quarterbacks coach in 2011.
  • Both teams enter the game looking to snap two-game losing streaks. Rhode Island fell at New Hampshire and Brown, while Maine lost at James Madison and Villanova.
  • Rhode Island is playing on the road for its third consecutive game.

MACK COMING OFF CAREER PERFORMANCE

  • Rhode Island sophomore defensive end L.B. Mack III was one of 10 players to earn STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention recognition during the week of Oct. 2.
  • Mack had a monster performance at Brown on Sept. 30, recording a career-high 10 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
  • One of the TFLs was a strip sack that resulted in a fumble recovery by the Rhode Island defense.
  • Mack also had a pass break up and was credited with four quarterback pressures.
  • His 4.5 tackles for loss were the most by a Ram since Doug Johnson had 5.0 against Massachusetts on Nov. 23, 2011.
  • Mack is sixth on the Rhody defense with 21 tackles.
  • He leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss.
  • Mack is tied for third with his 2.5 sacks.

PARKER CAN SET PROGRAM TD STREAK MARK

  • Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Parker enters Saturday's game having caught a touchdown pass in seven straight games, dating back to last season.
  • That ties him Bobby Apgar for the longest such streak in program history.
  • Apgar had his seven-game streak in 1994.
  • Parker has caught five touchown passes this season. Of the five, four have been for 25 yards or longer.
  • His 75-yard touchdown catch at New Hampshire on Sept. 23 was the longest catch of his career.
  • Overall, Parker has eight touchdown catches in his last nine contests.
  • He has caught at least one pass in 13 consecutive games.
  • Over that span, he has caught 41 passes for 899 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 21.9 yards per reception.
  • Parker ranks fourth among CAA Football players in receiving yards (515) and sixth in receptions (29).
  • He is one of three players in the league with at least five touchdown catches. New Hampshire's Neil O'Connor leads the league with eight, and Stony Brook's Ray Bolden is second with six.

COOPER FIFTH IN RUSHING YARDS

  • With 351 rushing yards through the first five games of the season, senior Harold Cooper ranks fifth in the conference.
  • Cooper has 1,977 career rushing yards, which ranks ninth in program history.
  • He is just 23 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.
  • Chris Poirier (2,217 from 1986-89) is one spot ahead of Cooper on Rhody's rushing list.
  • Cooper has four career 100-yard performances, including a career-best 155 yards at Elon on Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Cooper now has 11 career runs of 30 yards or more, with a career long of 70 yards on a rush against Elon (Nov. 12, 2016).

RAMS THIRD NATIONALLY IN FORCED FUMBLES

  • Rhode Island's defense has forced eight fumbles through five games.
  • That ranks the Rams third in the country. Only Mercer (9) and Lamar (9) have forced more.
  • The defense has created 11 takeaways through the first five games of the season, tying the Rams for sixth best among CAA Football teams and 30th best in the nation.
  • Rhode Island already has exceeded its total number of fumble recoveries from last season.
  • Redshirt sophomore cornerback Momodou Mbye leads the country with three recoveries.

HARRIS THIRD IN PASSING YARDAGE

  • Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Harris is third among CAA Football quarterbacks in total passing yards (1,259) and passing yards per game (251.8).
  • The 1,259 passing yards is the fourth most by a Rhody quarterback in his first five games, Only Tom Ehrhardt (1,532), Derek Cassidy (1,330) and Chris Hixson (1,264) had more.
  • Harris' eight touchdown passes is for fifth best 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 Ram starting debut.
  • Both numbers also represented the most ever by a Rhode Island player against an FBS opponent.
  • Harris scored his first career rushing touchdown last week against Harvard, plunging in from the 1-yard line.
  • He transferred to Rhode Island over the summer, coming to the Rams after three seasons with UCF.