Bryant Wins First Division I College Football Game in Rhode Island in Over a Year
Making his first-career start, true freshman Ryan Clark threw for 154 yards and added a 22-yard touchdown run to lead the Bryant University football team to a 27-7 victory over Wagner on Sunday afternoon at Beirne Stadium.
Clark was one of four Bulldogs to rush for a touchdown on the afternoon, joining classmate Kyle Cichanowsky, sophomore Shai Young and junior Daniel Adeboboye. Bryant finished the day with 295 yards of total offense.
Bryant’s defense shined for the second-straight week, limiting Wagner to just 195 yards of total offense. Derrius Perryman and Ricardo Martinez each posted interceptions, while Jack Daly had 1.5 sacks in the win.
Bryant 27, Wagner 7
Records: Bryant (2-1, 2-1 NEC), Wagner (0-2, 0-2 NEC)
Location: Smithfield, R.I. (Beirne Stadium)
Bryant took advantage of a muffed punt, starting inside the Wagner 20. Young capped the abbreviated drive with a three-yard TD run.
How it Happened
Andrew Wallace was able to recover the muffed punt inside the Wagner 20. Six plays later, Young punched it into the endzone to make it 7-0.
Bryant used a 51-yard completion from Clark to Alex Rasmussen to setup its next touchdown. Cichanowsky was able to find his way into the endzone from four yards out.
It remained 14-0 until the fourth quarter. Clark capped Bryant’s scoring drive with a 22-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-6.
After Wagner scored its only touchdown of the day, the Bulldogs answered with a nine-play, 70-yard scoring drive. Young picked up a big 38-yard gain on the ground to put Bryant at the Wagner 18 and Adeboboye punched it in five plays later.
Bryant outgained Wagner, 295-195.
Clark finished 14-of-22 for 154 yards.
Clark also rushed for 24 yards and a 22-yard touchdown.
Adeboboye rushed for 40 yards on 16 carries and a score.
Young added 72 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Cichanowsky scored a touchdown on five carries.
Rasmussen caught three passes for 72 yards.
David Zorrilla caught a team-best four passes.
Perryman posted six tackles and an interception.
Daly posted five tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Martinez had a TFL and an interception.
Bryant held an opponent to seven points or less in consecutive games for the first time since 2008 when they beat Iona (23-7) and Saint Francis U (23-0) to end the season.
Clark became the first true freshman to start at quarterback since Charlie Granatell in 2004.
Perryman and Martinez both posted their first-career interceptions.
Bryant hosts Duquesne next Sunday in the NEC on ESPN3 Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. on ESPN3.