Rhody Defeats Brown to Defend Governor's Cup, 31-28

Photo Credit: Shane Donaldson
Photo Credit: Shane Donaldson

How It Happened

The Governor's Cup will stay in Kingston after Rhode Island won a back-and-fourth battle against the Brown Bears 31-28 behind a career day from junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter.

After the Bears took the lead 28-24 with 8:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, redshirt junior Vito Priore conducted a near-perfect drive to take the lead back. He found Aaron Parker for a 14-yard game-winning score with 5:43 remaining. Priore went 4-for-5 for 62 yards on the drive to help the Rams secure the victory.

Brown got on the scoreboard first after quarterback E.J. Perry connected with running back Allen Smith for a 5-yard touchdown. The Rams offense wasted no time and scored on their next drive. Priore led a 13-play, 78-yard drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown pass to Coulter. Priore found Coulter five times for 44 yards on Rhode Island's first scoring drive. 

Rhode Island took their first lead of the game with 11:13 left in the second quarter. Priore found Parker for a 9-yard touchdown. 

Brown tied the game up at 14 apiece with 3:15 left in the second quarter. But Rhode Island would regain the lead with less than a minute left in the first half. Kicker C.J. Carrick drilled a 34-yard field goal that gave Rhode Island a 17-14 advantage heading into the locker room.   

Rhode Island added to its three-point lead with a touchdown on their first offensive drive of the second half. Senior running back Zoe Bryant, Jr. rushed for his second touchdown of the season giving Rhode Island a 24-14 advantage with 8:28 left in the third.  

Brown made the game a one-score contest again narrowing the deficit to 24-21 just seconds into the fourth quarter. Smith rushed for his second touchdown of the game with 14:51 remaining in the final quarter of regulation. 

The Rams and Bears then went back-and-fourth for the next 14 minutes. Smith found the end zone again to give the Bears a 28-24 lead. But Rhode Island's six-play, 63-yard touchdown drive capped off by Parker's reception secured the Governor's Cup victory and the Rams first win of 2019.

 Inside the Box Score

  • With the win the Rams have tied the overall Governor's Cup record with the Bears 19-19.
  • This was the Rams first win at Brown since 2007 and first time the Rams have won back-to-back Governor's Cups since they beat the Bears three straight seasons from 2006-08.
  • Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter's first quarter touchdown grab was his fourth of the season and third straight game with a TD reception. That is the longest streak of his career.
  • Coulter's career day included 12 receptions, 122 yards and a score.
  • Senior Aaron Parker's game-winning touchdown was his 27th career touchdown reception. He is now third all time in URI history, passing Bobby Apgar (26 from 1993-95).  
  • For the seventh time in their careers and third time this season, both Coulter and cousin Aaron Parker had touchdown receptions in the same game. 
  •  Junior kicker C.J. Carrick finished the game with seven points bringing his career total to 147. Carrick passed Chris Cassara (1988-91) four fourth place in the Rhode Island record book for points by a kicker.
  • Priore completed 70 percent of his passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Senior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo finished with a game-high 11 tackles and recorded his second interception of the season.
  • Rashod Dickerson had his first interception of the season and the third of his career.
  • Redshirt senior Zoe Bryant, Jr. rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries and his fifth career touchdown.
  • Junior wide receiver Ivory Frimpong made is first career start for the Rams.
  • Senior defensive back Rashod Dickerson served as Rhode Island's game captain.
  • Isaiah Coulter was the team's anchor bearer.
  • The announced attendance at Brown Stadium was 5,077.

 What's Next

Rhode Island heads to Blacksburg, Virginia for its second FBS battle of the season vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.