Defense, Special Teams Spur Rams Past Harvard, 23-16

Photo Credit: Shane Donaldson
Photo Credit: Shane Donaldson

WATCH - Niki Lattarulo Reports on Rhody's Win at Harvard 

How it Happened

Rhode Island brought home its third victory of the season after downing Harvard 23-16 in a game under the lights Friday night at the Harvard stadium.

The Rams (3-1) got two points early in the game on a safety when Harvard fumbled the ball in their end zone. A 37-yard field goal response by Jake McIntyre gave the Crimson (2-1) their first and only lead over Rhode Island, 3-2. 

Redshirt senior quarterback JaJuan Lawson connected a 37-yard pass with junior tight end Joey Kenny for Kenny's first career touchdown.  From there, the Rams never looked back and continued to extend their lead throughout the game. Lawson added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Junior Ahmere Dorsey provided the winning points with his second special teams touchdown of the season when he returned a kick 97 yards to give Rhody a 23-6 lead.

Harvard made it interesting in the beginning of the 4th quarter when Devin Darrington's first career touchdown brought the Crimson within range to tie the game. The Rams defense kept the Crimson out of the end zone to help Rhode Island finish with the win and came up with two key interceptions in the last four minutes of play. Tonight's win marks the first time since the 2005 season that Rhode Island has won two games on the road. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior defensive end L.B. Mack III had a career-best 11 tackles and added three tackles for loss.  
  • This was his third career multi-sack game and the second time this season he has had two sacks in a game. 
  • Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Coulter had his third consecutive game with over 100 receiving yards. He had six receptions for 106 yards. 
  • Junior tight end Joey Kenny's 37-yard touchdown catch was the first touchdown of his career, as well as his longest reception. His previous best was an 18-yard catch at Central Michigan in 2017. 
  • Redshirt senior quarterback JaJuan Lawson has rushed for three touchdowns over the last two games. 
  • Junior wide receiver Aaron Parker has now caught a pass in 22 straight games. He finished with four catches for 22 yards.
  • In the first half, the Rhody defense held Harvard without a third down conversion, as the Crimson was 0-of-6. By the end of the game, Harvard was only 2-of-14 on third down conversions.
  • Redshirt senior defensive lineman Monte Sinisi had three tackles, including two tackles for loss. 
  • Junior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the first for Rhode Island since 2016 when Harold Cooper returned a 98-yard kick at Elon. 
  • With two pass break ups, Zay Hill now has 20 for his career. He is fifth all-time in program history. 
  • Sophomore kicker C.J. Carrick continued his perfect season, converting all three of his extra-point attempts.
  • Senior punter Anthony Garro had a career-high nine punt attempts, besting his previous of eight from the Delaware game earlier this season. 
  • D.J. Stewart's interception was the third of his career. He had two in the 2016 season. 
  • Justin Hogan's 28-yard interception return was the longest of his career and second overall. He had one interception in a game at Kansas, Sept. 3, 2016. 
  • Coming into this game, Harvard was averaging 33.5 points per game. The Rams defense held them 16.5 points below their average. 
  • Rhody defense kept Harvard to just 101 rushing yards. The Crimson entered the game averaging 251 yards per game on the ground. 
  • The safety for Rhode Island was the first for Rhode Island in 91 games. The last one was when the Rams played Fordham on Sept.11, 2010. 

What's Next 
Rhode Island challenges in-state rival Brown in the annual Governor's Cup game Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Meade Stadium.