Top 25 Matchup Set as No. 16/15 Rams Welcome No. 20/22 Maine Saturday

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
No. 20/22 Maine at No. 16/15 Rhode Island
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. MAINE - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is the 97th meeting in the series, with Maine leading 59-34-3.
  • The series between the two schools dates back to 1911. Saturday will feature the two best pass rushing defenses in CAA Football.
  • Maine leads the conference with 22 sacks in five games, while the Rams are tied for second with 17 sacks.
  • Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont were founding members of the Yankee Conference in 1946. All six were New England land-grant universities. The Yankee Conference existed until 1997, when it merged with the Atlantic 10 conference. Eventually, the Atlantic 10 merged its management of football programs with the Colonial Athletics Association for the 2007 season.
  • Maine has won the last 11 meetings between the schools, including a 51-27 win last season.
  • Rhode Island's last win in the series was a 3-0 victory in 2006 at Meade Stadium.
  • Both teams come into the game nationally ranked. Rhody is No. 18/17, while Maine is 21/22.

RAMS LOOKING FOR FIRST 3-0 LEAGUE MARK START SINCE JOINING CAA FOOTBALL

  • Saturday's game has significant implications, as Rhode Island and Maine are tied for first place along with Elon and Towson in the CAA Football standings.
  • The Rams are looking to start 3-0 for the first time since they became part of the CAA in 2007 when the Atlantic 10 and CAA Football merged.
  • Since joining the Yankee Conference in 1946, Rhode Island has started 3-0 in league play just six times, most recently in the 2001 season when the Rams were part of the Atlantic 10 conference.
  • With one more victory, Rhode Island will clinch a .500 record against FCS opponents for the first time since 2010, when the Rams were 5-6 overall and 5-5 against FCS schools.
  • A win Saturday also would give Rhode Island two victories over Top 25 teams in the same season for the first time since 2010. That season, the Rams defeated No. 8 New Hampshire, No. 3 Villanova and No. 19 Massachusetts.

PARKER KEEPS FINDING THE END ZONE

  • Junior Aaron Parker had six catches for 106 yards against Brown, including a pair of touchdown catches.
  • It was his sixth career 100-yard game.
  • With 15 career touchdown catches, Parker is tied with Darren Rizzi (1989-92) and Tony DiMaggio (1982-85) for fifth in URI history.
  • Parker is ninth in URI history with 1,703 receiving yards. He needs 22 more to pass Tony DiMaggio (1,724 from 1982-85) for eighth place.
  • He has at least one catch in 23 straight games.
  • Parker has 16 total touchdowns in 26 career games.

CARRICK LEADING TEAM IN SCORING

  • Sophomore C.J. Carrick had a career-best 12 points last week against Brown, making two field goals and all six of his extra point attempts.
  • The 12 points tied the third most by a kicker in program history.
  • Carrick leads the Rams with 34 points on the season and ranks sixth among all CAA players.
  • He is tied with Justin Rohrwasser (2015-16) for ninth place in program history with 84 points by a kicker.
  • Carrick joined Colin Gallagher (2004-06) as the only players in program history to make at least six extra points in one game three times.
  • Carrick is 25-for-25 on extra points this year, the second most PATs in the league.
  • The 25 extra points already is tied for the 10th most in a single season in program history.
  • Carrick also is tied with Ralph Guerriero (1980-82) for ninth place in program history with 48 career extra points made.
  • Carrick has made 30 straight extra points.
  • He is 3-for-4 on field goal attempts this year.