How it Happened
William & Mary scored two touchdowns in a span of one minute and 20 seconds in the second quarter and then held off Rhode Island for a 20-0 victory Saturday night.
Jarrell Cooper broke off a 28-yard touchdown run with 4:03 remaining in the half to put the Tribe (3-1, 1-0 CAA Football) up 7-0. After a quick three-and-out by Rhode Island (1-3, 1-2 CAA Football), Michael Graham hit tight end Bo Revell for a 49-yard touchdown pass that led to a 14-0 lead.
Rhode Island (1-3, 1-2 CAA Football) had a scoring chance to start the fourth quarter, but the Rams were unable to score points after getting a first-and-goal from the William & Mary 6. The Tribe stopped Rhody twice on runs from inside the 3-yard line to force a turnover on downs.
William & Mary used its running attack to control the tempo of the game. Mikal Abdul-Saboor ran 26 times for 108 yards to lead a Tribe ground game that totaled 161 yards. The rushing attack helped William & Mary hold the ball for 33:44.
Inside the Box Score
- Defensive lineman Josh Moody blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was the third blocked kick of the season for Moody, who blocked a field goal and an extra point last week at Albany.
- Linebacker Andrew Bose finished the game with 11 tackles, his second straight game with 10 or more stops. Bose had 17 tackles last week at Albany, and now has 40 tackles for the season.
- Defensive back Andre Scott had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hurry.
- With 46 rushing yards, Bob Bentsen now has 540 For his career. He became just the third player in school history to reach both 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in his career, joining Jason Davis (3,118 passing/2,901 rushing) and Derek Cassidy (5,005 passing/643 rushing).
- Wide receiver Robbie Jackson had a career-high 11 receptions for 97 yards. Through four games, he has caught 29 tonight passes.
- Punter Anthony DiPaula punted nine times for 329 yards. DiPaula had two punts of more than 50 yards, including a long of 58 yards.
- Running back Justin Semmes and wide receiver Ross Kim made their first career starts for Rhode Island.
Stat of the Day
3 – Since allowing 14 points in the opening quarter of the season at Fordham, Rhode Island has allowed just three points combined in the first quarter of its last three games.
Rhode Island returns home for a home non-conference game against Central Connecticut State Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.