#21 URI Reaches 4-0 For First Time in 20 Years With Overtime Thriller

No. 21/23 Rhode Island won an overtime battle, beating Stony Brook 27-20 in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd Saturday. The Rams improved to 4-0 for the first time in 20 years.

The Rams (4-0, 2-0 CAA Football) got the winning points on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kasim Hill to tight end Caleb Warren on the opening possession of overtime. Then the defense came up big. Stony Brook (1-4, 0-2 CAA Football) had third-and-1 at the 2-yard line, but Westley Neal, Jr. stopped Ty Son Lawton for no gain. The Seawolves were forced to go for it on fourth down, but James Makszin and Jarrett Martin combined to stop Lawton for no gain again, clinching the victory.

It was Lawton who got the scoring going after a slow start offensively for both sides. His 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter put Stony Brook ahead 7-0. Rhode Island responded immediately in the start of the second quarter. An interception by Jordan Jones sparked URI, and the Rams drove 89 yards for the tying touchdown.

A 40-yard run by Hill keyed the drive, and Justice Antrum scored on a 10-yard run with 4:53 left in the half to tie the score. This momentum stayed with the Rams as linebackers Gabe Salomons and Andre Blackett had tackles for loss in a span of three plays to force Stony Brook to punt. Rhody got a 42-yard field goal from C.J. Carrick to take a 10-7 lead into the break.

At the start of the second half, Stony Brook drove 64 yards and retook the lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyquell Fields. The extra point was missed, making the score 13-10. URI reponded with another scoring drive, as Carrick’s second field goal of the game – a 38-yard boot – tied the score with 4:59 to go in the third quarter.

After the teams traded possessions, Hill connected with Warren on a 28-yard pass on third-and-11 from the Rhode Island 19-yard line. One play later, Hill found Paul Woods for a 35-yard strike to get the Rams in the red zone.

The drive appeared to stall, but Stony Brook was flagged for defensive holding on third-and-and-10, giving Rhode Island first-and-goal at the 8-yartd line. Hill found space and ran it in to put the Rams back in front, 20-13.

Stony Brook came right back with a touchdown drive of its own.The Seawolves benefitted from a pass interference call on third-and-9 that set up a red zone chance. Fields scored his second touchdown of the day, helping his team tie the game and force overtime.

For the third time in its last seven games, Rhode Island won in overtime, thanks to Hill’s touchdown pass to Warren and the big stop by the defense.

Inside the Box Score
Rhode Island is 4-0 for the first time since it opened the 2001 season 7-0. This is just the fourth time in program history the Rams are 4-0. The others were 2001, 1957 and 1898.
Senior running back Justice Antrum had his first career 100-yard rushing game, finsihing with 104 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.
Antrum has scored at least one touchdown in all four games this season.
Redshirt junior quarterback Kasim Hill was 21-of-37 for 226 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Through the first three quarters, Hill was 11-of-24 for 92 yards. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he was 10-for-13 for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Junior Caleb Warren caught a touchdown pass for the second week in a row. He had three catches for 61 yards, including the 27-yard game winner.
Senior wide receiver Ivory Frimpong had six catches for 87 yards. Senior Matt Pires added seven catches for 31 yards, while junior Paul Woods had three catches for 38 yards.
Linebackers Andre Blackett and Evan Stewart each had eight tackles and one tackle for loss. Stewart added a sack.
Freshman defensive tackle Westley Neal, Jr. had seven tackles, five solo stops and one tackle for loss.
Redshirt senior defensive end Andre Bibeault had two tackles, including a sack.
Junior cornerback Jordan Jones had his third interception of the season, and nearly added a second pick on the day when he broke up a pass in the end zone to prevent a score.
Senior safety Coby Tippett had three tackles and two pass breakups.
Rhode Island limited Stony Brook to 5-of-15 on third-down attempts.
The game captains were Justice Antrum and Andre Blackett. Joey Kenny served as the anchor bearer.
What’s Next
Rhode Island will play one of the program’s biggest games in several decades when it hosts No. 9/10 Delaware on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Blue Hens are 3-1 and 2-0 in conference following their 20-15 win over UAlbany Saturday. Game time will be 1:05 p.m.

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