Rhody Island Suffers Blowout Loss at No. 5/8 James Madison

Rhody Island Suffers Blowout Loss at No. 5/8 James Madison

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-8, 0-6 CAA Football) allowed the most points in program history, losing 84-7 to No. 5/8 James Madison Saturday. The 77-point loss also matched the biggest deficit in league history.

James Madison (7-1, 5-0 CAA Football) matched its program record by scoring 28 points in the opening quarter. It was the second time this season – and in program history – the Dukes have scored 28 in the opening quarter. The Dukes never slowed up, scoring eight touchdowns in their first nine offensive possessions.

The Dukes scored the first 35 points of the game before Harold Cooper got Rhode Island on the board with a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown. After the kick hit the ground, Cooper picked the ball up, found a seam up the middle and broke outside down the right sideline and beat everyone to the end zone.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Harold Cooper had his second career kick return for a touchdown, taking a second quarter return 99 yards for a score. It was the first kick return for a score allowed by James Madison since Maryland's Torrey Smith ran one back on Sept. 12, 2009.
  • Cooper finished the game with 114 all-purpose yards. It was the 15th time in his career he has topped 100 all-purpose yards in a game. 
  • Senior linebacker Adam Parker moved into Rhode Island's top 10 for career tackles. He had seven stops in the game, giving him 280 total and putting him ninth in team history.
  • Sophomore safety D.J. Stewart had a game-high 11 stops. It was the fourth time in five games he has had at least 10 tackles.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Lorenzo Bryant and senior linebacker each had a career-best seven tackles. 
  • Junior cornerback Isaiah Hill had six tackles and one pass break-up.
  • Junior defensive end Derrick Holmes had a career-high seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
  • Sophomore Markey Clarke led the Rhode Island offense with 77 rushing yards.
  • Redshirt freshman Oliver Graybar punted eight times for 350 yards, an average of 43.5 per attempt It is the fifth time this season Graybar has punted for more than 300 yards.
  • JMU quarterback Brian Schor was 21-for-22 for 309 yards and five touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 288.4 and set a Dukes single-game record with his 95.5 completion percentage.
  • Freshman Kyle Murphy made his first career start, getting the nod at left guard. Rhody started four freshmen on the line, and five freshman total. Murphy, redshirt freshman center Dwayne Scott, freshman right guard Raees Johnson and freshman right tackle Kevin Lawrence all started up front. Redshirt freshman Jordan Vazzano made his fifth straight start at quarterback.
  • James Madison received the opening kickoff for the eighth straight game.
  • The anchor bearer for the game was senior cornerback Travis Crawley.
  • Attendance for the game was 23,841.

Stat of the Game
84 – James Madison scored 84 points, the most ever in a CAA Football league game. The previous mark was 77 when Massachusetts beat Northeastern 77-0 on Oct. 9, 1999.

What's Next

Rhode Island heads into its bye week. The Rams are off until Nov. 12, when they play at Elon.