Rhode Island Rolls to 42-7 Home Win over Central Connecticut

Rhode Island Rolls to 42-7 Home Win over Central Connecticut

How it Happened
Rhode Island (2-3) scored its most points since the 2009 season and caused six turnovers as the Rams knocked off Central Connecticut, 42-7 Saturday. Two of the Rhody interceptions came in the end zone as the defense did not allow any points until the fourth quarter.

It is the most points in a game since the Rams scored 42 in a 55-42 loss to New Hampshire on Oct. 24, 2009.  The 42 points are the most in a Rhody victory since the team posted a 49-42 win over Brown on Sept. 29, 2007.

Inside the Box Score

  • Cornerback Tyrone Jenkins returned the first interception of his career 43 yards for a touchdown. It was Rhode Island's first interception return for a touchdown since Jarrod Williams had a 33-yard pick-six against Villanova on Nov. 6, 2010.
  • Running back Justin Semmes topped 100 yards for the first time as a Ram, running 18 times for 114 yards and two scores. Fellow back Robbie Delgado had 17 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.
  • Fullback Justin Favreau made a big play in the first quarter. Wide receiver Jawaun Wynn caught a 39-yard pass, but fumbled when hit from behind. CCSU recovered, but Favreau forced a fumble and recovered the ball to maintain possession for Rhody. Eleven plays later, Bob Bentsen hit Andrew Matos for Rhode Island's second touchdown of the day.
  • Favreau scored the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter on a 24-yard strike from Bentsen.
  • Defensive back Doug Johnson ended a potential CCSU scoring drive with an interception in the end zone during the second quarter. It was his second pick of the season.
  • Linebacker Andrew Bose recorded double-digit tackles for the third straight game. He finished with 12 stops (8 solo/4 asst.) and now has a team-best 52 for the season.
  • Safety Andre Scott recorded his first interception as a Ram on the final play of the first half. Like Johnson's pick, Scott's came in the end zone and prevented a potential touchdown.
  • For the game, Rhody made four interceptions for a total return of 69 yards.
  • Defensive back Tim Wienclaw recovered a fumble on CCSU's opening possession of the third quarter. Wienclaw later added an interception and finished with five tackles.
  • Punter Anthony DiPaula made just four punts for the game - an average of 35.8 per boot and a long of 47.  Three of his four punts landed inside the 20.

Stats of the Day
28 – Points Rhode Island scored off CCSU turnovers. The Rams defense forced five turnovers on the day, after recording three in the first four games of the season combined.

Rhody also registered 28 first downs on the day, to just 12 for the Blue Devils.

100% – URI was a perfect 3-for-3 in fourth-down conversions on the afternoon, while the Rams scored on all four of their visits to the red zone.

35 -
Rhode Island's largest margin of victory since it defeated Merrimack by a similar score of 42-7 on Sept. 9, 2006.

What's Next
Rhode Island stays local for a game against in-state rival Brown Saturday, Oct. 5.  The annual Governor's Cup at 6 p.m. The game will be the 1000th in school history.