Rams Start Fast, but Fall to Albany 37-20

Rams Start Fast, but Fall to Albany 37-20


How it Happened

Rhode Island (0-3, 0-1 CAA Football) jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, but Albany scored 37 unanswered points en route to a 37-20 win in the CAA Football opener for both teams Saturday. 

The Rams appeared in control early, forcing a three-and-out on Albany's first possession. Quarterback Mack Lowrie connected with wide receiver Ross Kim for a 7-yard touchdown strike to give Rhody the lead. A three-and-out on the ensuing drive for the Great Danes (3-0, 1-0 CAA Football) gave Rhody the ball at the Albany 47. Lyle McCombs' 1-yard touchdown helped put the Rams ahead 14-0. 

From there, Albany stormed back with 23 unanswered points before halftime, taking its first lead with 3:29 to go in the second quarter. The spurt was keyed by three Rhode Island turnovers, as two fumbles and an interception led to 17 points off turnovers for Albany. Riding a ground game that chewed up 260 yards on 55 attempts. Omar Osbourne carried much of the load, rushing 27 times for 153 yards. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Lyle McCombs scored the first two rushing touchdowns of the season for the Rams. With scoring runs of 1 and 10 yards, he became the first Ram since Justin Semmes to rush for two touchdowns in one game. Semmes did it last season against Central Connecticut State, next week's opponent.
  • Linebacker Adam Parker set a career-high with 15 tackles. He was one of three Rams with double digits, as Andrew Bose made 12 stops and Donovan Walker had 10.
  • Cornerback Myles Holmes had eight tackles and a pass break-up.
  • Albany was 1-for-7 on third downs to open the game. The Great Danes finished 8-for-17 on the day.
  • Mack Lowrie hit Robbie Jackson for a 47-yard pass on third-and-11 on Rhode Island's opening possession. It was the longest pass play of the season for the Rams and helped set up Ross Kim's first touchdown catch of the season. Jackson had five catches for 97 yards.
  • It was the second career touchdown catch for Kim, who finished with five catches for 45 yards.Lowrie completed his first eight passes of the game. He finished the game 18-of-30 for 207 yards. 
  • Redshirt freshman Dave Steinmetz made his first career start at right tackle, while freshman safety Shawn Antoine II started at safety. Antoine had seven tackles on the day.

Stat of the Game
201 – With 12 tackles in the game, senior Andrew Bose reached 201 career tackles. He is the first Ram since Matt Hansen (2007-10) to get 200 in his career. Hansen set a Rhode Island record with 401. 

What's Next
Rhode Island heads back on the road next Saturday for a non-conference game at Central Connecticut State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.