Rams Renew Old Rivalry Saturday at Connecticut

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Connecticut
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 15, 12 p.m. EST
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McANANEY, GRESH CALLING GAME FOR SNY/ESPN3

  • Saturday's game at Connecticut will be Rhode Island's third straight television broadcast game.
  • The game will air on SNY and be available online on ESPN3.
  • Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play, while former Rhode Island football player Andy Gresh will will be the color analyst.
  • Rhody's longtime radio team of Steve McDonald and Terry Lynch will have the call on 920 AM/104.7 FM

RHODE ISLAND VS. CONNECTICUT - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is the 94th meeting in the series, with UConn leading 51-34-8.
  • The 93 games against UConn are the third most for Rhode Island with any opponent.
  • The only teams the Rams have played more often than Connecticut are Brown (102) and Maine (96).
  • Rhody has 34 wins against UConn, its second most against any school (Massachusetts - 37 wins).
  • Saturday will be the first game between the teams since a 52-10 UConn victory on Sept. 26, 2009.
  • The series began in 1897. At 121 years, it is the oldest rivalry among college teams in URI history.
  • Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts formed the Athletic League of New England State Colleges in 1896. The first year featured games against high school and YMCA club teams.
  • Both schools were original members of the Yankee Conference, which began play in 1947.
  • The Yankee Conference eventually became what is now CAA Football.
  • Rhode Island beat Connecticut 26-21 in 2000, Rhody's lone victory against an FBS level program. It was Connecticut's first season as a Division I-A program, the first of two seasons as an independent program before the Huskies became a full-fledged Division I-A program. 

RAMS LEAD NATION IN FUMBLE RECOVERIES

  • With five fumble receoveries through two games, Rhody is No. 1 in the country, tied with Weber State and Alabama State.
  • Rhode Island and Richmond are tied at the top of CAA Football in turnover margin, both sitting at +1.5 per game.
  • The Rams are No. 12 nationally in turnover margin (+3) and turnovers gained (5).
  • In both of its games, Rhode Island has scored 14 points off turnovers.
  • Over its last six games dating back to last season, the Rams are +2 in the turnover margin while posting a record of 4-2.
  • In the first seven games of 2017, Rhody was -6 in turnover margin while going 1-6.
  • Over its last 13 games, Rhode Island's defense has recovered 16 fumbles.

LAWSON NAMED CAA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • For the second time in his career, Rhode Island quarterback JaJuan Lawson was named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week following his game against Albany, in which he completed 22-of-28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns.
  • The touchdown passes went to four different receivers as Marven Beauvais, Isaiah Coulter, Aaron Parker and Tyler Burke each caught a scoring strike from Lawson.
  • Lawson is just the second player in Rhode Island history to win CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week multiple times. Steve Probst won the award twice in 2010.
  • Lawson also became the first Rhode Island quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in one game since Probst did so in 2011.
  • It was the 12th time in program history a Rhode Island player has thrown four or more in a game. Tom Ehrhardt did so six times, and Lawson, Probst, Derek Cassidy, Tom Ryan, Chris Hixon and Chris Paul-Etienne each have one to their credit.
  • Through the first two weeks of the season, Lawson leads the CAA in passing efficiency (184.5) and touchdown passes (5). He is second in completion percentage (71.4) and third in both passing yards (487) and passing yards per game (243.5).
  • Lawson also improved his career passing percentage to 62.2 percent, the best in program history. No other Rhode Island player with at least 100 attempts is higher than 58.6 percent.
  • This is the second straight week Rhode Island has received a league player of the week honor. Senior linebacker Justin Hogan was the Defensive Player of the Week following the Week 1 win at Delaware.

BURKE MAKES THE MOST OF HIS GRABS

  • Senior tight end Tyler Burke has eight career catches in 13 games with the Rams.
  • Four of his eight catches have resulted in touchdowns.
  • Burke has scored in each of the first two games this season, tying him with Aaron Parker for the team lead with two touchdowns.
  • Burke is averaging 27.3 yards per catch, sparked by his career-long 57-yard touchdown at Delaware.