Rhode Island Blanked by No. 12/14 Villanova, 35-0

Rhode Island Blanked by No. 12/14 Villanova, 35-0

How it Happened
Rhode Island had no answers for No. 12/14 Villanova on either side of the ball, falling 35-0 to the Wildcats Saturday afternoon.

Villanova (5-1, 3-0 CAA Football) scored touchdowns on each of its first four possessions, three of which came in the opening quarter. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Wildcats added three more touchdowns on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3 CAA Football) managed just 44 total yards in the first half. The Rams had just two first downs in the half, one of which came on a Villanova personal foul.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt freshman Oliver Graybar had another strong game, averaging 40.6 yards on 11 punts. His 11 punts and 447 punting yards were both the second most in a single game in program history.
  • Graybar had three punts of 50 yards or more, including a 53 yarder. He placed five punts inside the opposing 20-yard line.
  • Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Tyrone Barge had a career-high five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Sophomore Nas Jones had a team-high nine tackles.
  • Senior Sam Benjamin had a 41-yard kick return for the Rams in the first quarter, taking a reverse from Harold Cooper getting all the way to the Villanova 41. 
  • Junior Isaiah Hill had a punt block in the second quarter, giving Rhode Island its best starting position of the day at the Villanova 49-yard line. The Rams were unable to capitalize however, going three-and-out.
  • Rhode Island was held to a season-low 39 rushing yards, including just eight yards in the first half.
  • The Rams were 0-for-6 on third downs in the first half, and 4-of-15 overall.
  • Rhode Island earned its first first down midway through the second quarter, on a 17-yard rush by T.J. Anderson. Rhody's lone first down of the opening quarter came on a personal foul against Villanova.
  • Redshirt freshman Trystan Casey made his collegiate debut, appearing on special teams.
  • Redshirt sophomore Monte Sinisi was the team's anchor bearer, and senior wide receiver Justin Caines served as the game captain.
  • Attendance for the game was 4,105.

Stat of the Game
317 – Villanova rushed for 317 yards, as four different players gained more than 50 yards on the ground.

What's Next

Rhode Island travels to play at Stony Brook next Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.