Rams Visit Towson Saturday to Finish 2017 Season

Rams Visit Towson Saturday to Finish 2017 Season

Rhode Island at Towson
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. EST
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  • Saturday will mark the 17th meeting all time between Rhode Island and Towson, with the Tigers holding a 9-7 edge in the series.
  • This is the fourth straight season Rhode Island and Towson have faced each other in the regular season finale.
  • In last year's meeting, Rhode Island scored 21 unanswered points to rally from a 13-point deficit in the second half. However, Towson scored nine points in the final 1:55, winning the game when Morgan Mahalak hit a 55-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a 32-31 victory.
  • Towson has won four of the last five meetings overall.
  • Rhode Island is 4-4 in eight visits to Towson.


  • Redshirt junior JaJuan Lawson is the reigning CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week.
  • Lawson passed for a career-high 336 yards and one touchdown, adding a second touchdown on a 6-yard scamper to lead the Rams to a 20-6 victory over Villanova.
  • Lawson completed 25-of-35 pass attempts, connecting with seven different receivers in the win.
  • Two of Lawson's receivers – Marven Beauvais and Khayri Denny – topped 100 receiving yards.
  • It was the first time in 70 games the Rams have had two different receivers reach 100 yards in the same contest. Beauvais finished with six catches for a career-high 152 yards, while Denny had eight grabs for 108 yards.
  • Lawson has completed more than 60 percent (87-of-144) of his passes this season for 1,048 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
  • He has rushed for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • Lawson is the first Rhode Island player to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors since Steve Probst took the honor for the week of Nov. 8, 2010.


  • After recording five sacks against Villanova last week, Rhode Island now has 32 on the year, which is a new program record for one season.
  • The previous program record was 29, set by the 2005 squad.
  • Rhode Island enters the final week of the regular season ranked No. 10 in the country with an average of 3.2 sacks per game.
  • Five different players have recorded at least five sacks this season: Brandon Ginnetti (7.0), Jose Duncan (5.5), Mike Ezirike (5.5), L.B. Mack III (5.5) and Tez Wilson (5.0).
  • Rhody has recorded three or more sacks six times this season.
  • Four different players have recorded at least two sacks in a game this season. Sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti had three of Rhode Island's seven sacks at Albany on Oct. 28. It was the first three-sack game by a Rhode Island player since Isaiah Grier did so against Hofstra in 2001.
  • Redshirt senior Mike Ezirike had two sacks in the game at Albany.
  • Senior defensive end Jose Duncan had two at Central Michigan and two against Harvard.
  • Junior defensive end Tez Wilson had two at New Hampshire on Sept. 23 and 2.5 sacks last week against James Madison.
  • The seven sacks for Rhode Island at Albany on Oct. 28 were the most by the Rams since they had seven against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 10, 2005.


  • Rhode Island sophomore defensive end L.B. Mack III ranks third among CAA Football players with 12.5 tackles for loss.
  • Teammate Tez Wilson is sixth in the league with 12.0 tackles for loss.
  • Mack's 4.5 tackles for loss at Brown were the most by a Ram since Doug Johnson had 5.0 against Massachusetts on Nov. 23, 2011.


  • Over the last three games, Rhode Island has had 10 scoring drives.
  • Of those 10, seven have been drives that lasted at least 4:00 and six have last more than 5:00.
  • In the first seven games of the season, the Rams had 25 scoring drives.
  • Of those, only four lasted at least 4:00 and only one lasted at least 5:00.