Rams Head to No. 9/10 James Madison Saturday

Rams Head to No. 9/10 James Madison Saturday

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at No. 9/10 James Madison
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. JAMES MADISON - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday is the 14th meeting in the series, which James Madison leads, 10-3.
  • James Madison has won each of the last eight games in the series, including a 38-3 victory at Meade Stadium last season.
  • Rhode Island is 1-6 all time on the road against James Madison. The lone road win for the Rams came in a 16-12 victory on Sept. 22, 2001. That was also Rhody's last win in the series.
  • The last time the teams met was a 38-3 victory for James Madison. The score was 7-3 at the half, but the Dukes scored 31 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Kicker C.J. Carrick scored Rhody's only points last year when he made a 40-yard field goal.
  • James Madison and Rhode Island are the second- and third-highest scoring teams in CAA Football, respectively. James Madison is averaging 35.0 points per game, while Rhode Island is scoring 30.9 points per contest.
  • Both teams have strong return games as well. James Madison is second in kick returns (26.3 yards per return) and first in punt returns (23.9 yards/return). Rhody is fourth in kick returns (24.5 yards/return) and second in punt returns (10.1 yards/return). 

PARKER SECOND IN CAA IN TOUCHDOWNS

  • Junior Aaron Parker had a career day last week at Elon, catching nine passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. The receiving yardage and touchdown catches represented career highs.
  • Parker now has 11 total touchdowns this season, which is second in CAA Football.
  • Parker has 21 career touchdown catches, which is tied for fourth all time in program history with Shawn Leonard (2006-09). The only players ahead of Parker in Rhody history are Dameon Reilly (38, 1983-85), Brian Forster (32, 1983-85, '87) and Bobby Apgar (26, 1993-95).
  • Three times this season Parker has scored multiple touchdowns. He had three touchdowns at Elon, and two each against Brown and Maine.
  • Parker leads all players in CAA Football with five 100-yard games.
  • Parker eclipsed 2,000 career receiving yards last week, ending the game with 2,100.
  • He is the eighth player in team history to crack 2,000 receiving yards. He ranks seventh all time, passing Brandon Johnson-Farrell (2,064 from 2008-12) last week.
  • From 2016-17, Parker had a streak of nine games with a touchdown catch, breaking Bobby Apgar's Rhode Island mark of seven straight games, set in 1994.
  • With the three touchdowns at Elon, Parker has 22 total touchdowns in 30 career games.
  • With 132 career points, he ranks 10th in program history.
  • His 66 points this season are tied for the 10th most in one season in Rhody history.
  • His 82-yard touchdown catch at Elon was the seventh longest pass play in URI history.

TRANSFERS MAKING AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT

  • Junior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo (Lackawanna) is tied for the team lead with 67 tackles, including 3.0  tackles for loss.
  • Graduate senior Kadin Booker (Ball State) - has started each game at right tackle, helping URI average 124.6 rushing yards per game.
  • Junior Ahmere Dorsey (Nassau CC) leads the team with 1,098 all-purpose yards.
  • Junior running back Naim Jones (Nassau CC) leads the team with 389 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
  • Junior defensive end Keith Wells (Lackawanna) has played in all nine games, starting five, and has 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks.