Rhode Island Pounds Elon 44-14 for First League Win

Rhode Island Pounds Elon 44-14 for First League Win

How it Happened
Rhode Island snapped a 23-game road losing streak by winning 44-14 at Elon Saturday afternoon. It was the first road victory for the Rams since an overtime win at Albany in 2013.

The Rams (2-8, 1-6 CAA Football) got off to a slow start. On the first play from scrimmage, Elon's Dondre Howell returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. The play gave Elon (2-7, 1-5 CAA Football) a 7-0 lead just 17 seconds into the game.

Rhode Island scored 37 unanswered points, getting big plays in all three phases of the game to steadily put the game away. The Rams took a 13-7 lead into halftime as sophomore Justin Rohrwasser sandwiched a pair of field goals around a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Vazzano to Marven Beauvais to give the Rams the lead.

Vazzano hit Aaron Parker for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Harold Cooper put the game away with a career-long 70-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Harold Cooper rushed for a career-high 155 yards, including his 70-yard touchdown run. It was the longest run in 62 games for the Rams, dating back to a 71-yard run by Steve Probst at Brown on Oct. 1, 2011.
  • Cooper also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the third return of his career. It was the second straight game he has returned a kick for a score. Cooper finished with 297 all-purpose yards.
  • Markey Clarke and T.J. Anderson combined for 64 yards on the ground, including a touchdown for Clarke. Rhode Island rushed for a season-best 226 yards.
  • Freshman Aaron Parker caught four passes for 86 yards and returned two punts for 32 yards, giving him a career-best 118 all-purpose yards.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Marven Beauvais had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown, while Khayri Denny caught three passes for 58 yards.
  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Vazzano was 15-of-24 for 226 yards and two touchdown passes. Vazzano also executed a 35-yard pooch punt in the second quarter to pin Elon at its own 1-yard line.
  • Sophomore safety D.J. Stewart recorded his second career interception in the second quarter. The interception set up a field goal on the final play of the first half.
  • Stewart also had six tackles, while redshirt freshman linebacker Lorenzo Bryant had a career-high eight tackles and a pass break-up.
  • Sophomore Justin Rohrwasser made three field goals, including a career-long 42-yard attempt in the third quarter. He had more field goals Saturday than he had through the first nine games of the season. 
  • His 14 points (three field goals, five extra points) were a program record for a single game.
  • Redshirt freshman Oliver Graybar punted three times for 133 yards. He now has 3,047 for the year, breaking the single-season punting yardage record of 2,958 for Rhode Island originally set by John Anderson in 1972.
  • Freshman Joey Kenny made his first career reception in the second quarter, a 7-yard catch.
  • Redshirt freshman Tyrone Barge made his first career start at defensive tackle.
  • Running back Stephen Young made his collegiate debut, running three times for 7 yards.
  • Junior captain Charlie McKeeman was the anchor bearer for the game.
  • Attendance for the game was 6,236.

Stat of the Game
3-of-12 – Rhode Island's defense limited Elon to 3-of-12 on third downs, helping the Rams hold a 37:39-22:21 advantage in time of possession.

What's Next

Rhode Island ends the 2016 season with a home game against Towson. The game will be Senior Day for the Rams. Kickoff is set for noon.