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.
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.