Priore, #17 Rhody Roll over Brown in Governor’s Cup Game

How it Happened
No. 18/17 Rhode Island exploded offensively and the defense had its first shutout since 2015 in the 103rd Governor’s Cup match-up against Brown, propelling the Rams to a 48-0 victory Saturday.

Sophomore kicker C.J. Carrick was the first to score for Rhody (4-1) when he booted a 40-yard field goal in the opening quarter. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Vito Priore – who made his first career start – was at the helm of the Rams’ offense for a majority of today’s game. He threw the first touchdown pass of his career when he found junior wide receiver Aaron Parker at 14:11 of the second quarter to make the score 10-0. Priore also connected touchdown passes with sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Coulter and senior wide receiver Marven Beauvais before the end of the half as the Rams went into the break up 27-0.

The Rams added on to the total in the second half, as Ahmere Dorsey had a 3-yard touchdown run, Parker and Priore connected for a second touchdown pass and
redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Harris hit senior wide receiver Khayri Denny for 25-yard touchdown pass to solidify the Rams’ win.

The victory gave Rhode Island its second Governor’s Cup win in three years.

Inside the Box Score

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Vito Priore earned his first career start and finished the game with 310 yards, four touchdowns and 19-of-25 pass completions.
Junior wide receiver Aaron Parker reached 100 career catches on a 33-yard pass from Priore in the second quarter. That catch was part of a drive that ended with Rhody’s second field goal of the day.
For the third time this season, Parker had 100+ receiving yards. He finished with six catches for 108 yards.
With 15 career touchdown catches, Parker is now tied for fifth in Rhode Island history. He shares the spot with Tony DiMaggio (1982-1985) and Darren Rizzi (1989-1992). This was the first game in Parker’s career that he caught two touchdown passes.
For the third time this season, cousins Aaron Parker and Isaiah Coulter both caught touchdown passes. The pair also did so against Albany and Connecticut.
Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Andre Bibeault had two sacks, the first of his career. He is the third different Ram in five games to record 2.0 sacks in a contest this year. L.B. Mack III has done it twice and Nas Jones once.
Junior defensive end L.B. Mack III, senior linebacker Nas Jones, redshirt freshman defensive end Tyler Wipper and junior defensive lineman Brandon Ginnetti all contributed sacks for the Rams. Jake Fire and Keith Wells also combined on a sack. The combined total of seven sacks resulted in a loss of 38 yards for the Bears.
Tyler Wipper’s sack was the first of his career. He also had a career-high five tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Redshirt junior Zoe Bryant, Jr. led a Rhody rushing attack that had a season-best 214 yards. Bryant had a career-high 92 yards on 15 attempts, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Junior tight end Joey Kenny had a career-high four rush attempts.
Junior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey had a career-high 78 rushing yards, including his first rushing touchdown.
Sophomore running back Prince Asiedu-Johnson finished with career-highs in both rushing attempts (6) and rushing yards (36).
Freshman defensive lineman James Makszin had two tackles and recorded his first pass break-up.
Redshirt wide receiver Marven Beauvais had a career-high nine receptions and finished with 105 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Sophomore kicker C.J. Carrick tallied a career-high 12 points for the Rams. For the third time in his career, he knocked in two field goals.
Junior defensive back Rashod Dickerson had the second interception of his career.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jahkari Grant made his first appearance for the Rams, coming in during the fourth quarter.
Brown (1-3) entered the day averaging 366 total yards per game, but the Rhody defense held the Bears to less than half of that at 122 total yards.
Prior to the 2018 season, the Rams had not scored over 44 points since their 49-42 double overtime victory against Brown for the 2007 Governor’s Cup.
Rhode Island’s previous largest margin of victory in the Governor’s Cup was a 44-16 victory in 1998.
The last time the Rams shutout an opponent was a 20-0 victory against Delaware in 2015.
Redshirt junior defensive back Momodou Mbye was the anchor bearer for today’s game.
What’s Next
The Rams will take on the University of Maine as part of URI’s Alumni and Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff at Meade Stadium is set for noon.