Rhode Island Visits No. 8/6 Elon for CAA Tilt Saturday

Rhode Island Visits No. 8/6 Elon for CAA Tilt Saturday

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at No. 8/6 Elon
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. ELON - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is the third meeting in the series, which is split between the two teams 1-1.
  • The teams first faced each other in a game at Elon on Nov. 12, 2016. The Rams claimed a 44-14 victory, their only road win of that season. In last year's matchup at Meade Stadium, Elon claimed a 35-34 victory.
  • This matchup holds major implications for both teams, as Elon and Rhode Island are among seven teams in the CAA Football standings that are all within one game of first place.
  • The lone conference loss for the Phoenix thus far came against Delaware, which Rhode Island defeated in its season opener.
  • Through seven games, Elon has the top-ranked rushing offense in the CAA, averaging 209.1 yards per game. Freshman running back Jaylan Thomas led the Phoenix's effort last weekend and received CAA Rookie of the Week honors. He had 27 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown.
  • Though Elon has established an effective run game, they fall behind Rhode Island in total scoring offense. The Rams are ranked third in the CAA, averaging 32.1 points per game, while Elon's 28.7 points per game place them at sixth. 

RAMS LOOKING TO CLINCH FIRST WINNING RECORD IN 17 SEASONS

  • Last week's win gave Rhode Island five in a season for the first time since 2010. With one more victory, the Rams would have the program's first winning season since they went 8-3 in 2001.
  • The Rams are 2-2 in road games. A victory Saturday would mark the first time Rhody has had at least a .500 record on the road since it was 4-2 in road games in 2001.
  • A win Saturday also would also clinch a .500 mark in CAA Football play for the first time since 2010, when the Rams were 4-4 in conference play.
  • Rhode Island is looking to get to six wins in a season for just the fourth time in the 33 seasons since the Rams won the Yankee Conference in 1985. Rhody won eight games in 2001, seven in 1995 and six in 1991.

RAMS SECOND IN NATION IN RECOVERIES

LINEBACKERS LEADING THE WAY

  • Rhode Island's three starting linebackers - Nas Jones, Branyan Javier-Castillo and Justin Hogan - are the team's three leading tacklers.
  • Jones leads the team with 62 total tackles, including a team-high 31 solo stops.
  • Javier-Castillo has 61 tackles, while Hogan has 42 stops.
  • The trio also has combined for 14.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and four fumble receoveries.
  • All three have at least one interception and one fumble recovery.