#9 Delaware’s Offense Overpowers #17 Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island Press Release
How It Happened
No. 17/14 Rhode Island’s two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of No. 9/10 Delaware, 42-21, Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Blue Hens (3-0, 1-0 CAA Football) scored the first 28 points of the game and Delaware’s defense limited Rhody (2-1, 1-1 CAA Football to just 299 yards of total offense. The Rams entered the game averaging 388.0 yards per game.
Delaware quarterback Nolan Henderson was impressive all day, completing 29-of-34 for 379 yards and four touchdowns. He completed passes to 10 different receivers, led by Jourdan Townsend, who had seven catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
With his team trailing 28-0, Gabe Sloat gave Rhody a boost when he broke off a 65-yard touchdown run just 1:23 to go before the break. However, Delaware scored just 63 seconds later when Henderson and Townsend connected on a 4-yard strike, sending the teams to halftime with a 35-7 score, essentially icing the game early.
Inside the Box Score
- Running back Gabe Sloat’s 65-yard touchdown run was both the longest run and the first touchdown of his career.
- Wide receiver Kahtero Summers led Rhode Island with five catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
- Summers has three touchdown catches over the last two games.
- Linebackers Evan Stewart and Jake Fire both matches their career highs with 13 tackles and 10 tackles, respectively.
- Wide receiver Ed Lee had four catches for 43 yards. He has a team-high 15 catches through three games.
- Quarterback Kasim Hill was 16-of-37 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown for at least two touchdowns in seven straight games.
- Linebacker Gabe Salomons returned after missing one game. He had six tackles and one pass break up.
- Punter Davey Schaum-Bartocci averaged 44.9 yards on seven punts, including a long of 59 yards. Two of his punts were 50-plus yards, and he pinned five of the seven inside the Delaware 20. He also twice downed punts inside the Blue Hen 2-yard line.
- Defensive lineman Treyvon Christian made his collegiate debut for the Rams.
- Linebacker Jake Fire was the anchor bearer and tight end Caleb Warren was the game captain.
Rhode Island travels to Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 24. The game kicks off at noon on the ACC Network.