Rhody Falls to Delaware in Triple OT in First Game at New Meade Stadium
Playing under lights for the first time since the 1972 season opener, Rhode Island dropped a heartbreaker in triple-overtime, falling to No. 21 44-36 Saturday night.
On fourth-and-goal from the Delaware 3-yard line, Justis Henley picked off a pass in the end zone to end the thriller. The Blue Hens had taken the lead in the third overtime when Pat Kehoe hit Will Knight for a 1-yard touchdown.
Earlier in overtime, Rhody (0-2, 0-1 CAA) had taken a 36-29 lead following a 25-yard touchdown pass from Vito Priore to Ahmere Dorsey. The Rams appeared to be one play from clinching the victory when Brandon Ginnetti sacked Kehoe for a 7-yard loss on third-and-11 on Delaware’s ensuing possession.
However, a pass interference call negated the play. Given a third-and-1, Delaware (2-0, 1-0 CAA) picked up the first down on an 8-yard run by Andre Robinson. On first-and-goal from the 8-yard line, three runs by Robinson made it fourth-and-goal at the 6-yard line. Kehoe was able to find Bryce De Maille in the end zone to help Delaware tie the game and force the third and deciding overtime period.
Inside the Box Score
A crowd of 8,511 people attended the game, one of the largest crowds in Meade Stadium history. The largest was 13,052 on Homecoming against Boston University in 1984.
Senior wide receiver Aaron Parker set career highs with 12 receptions and 227 receiving yards. It was the most catches by a Ram in one game since Cy Butler has 15 against Massachusetts on Oct. 1, 1994.
It was the ninth time in program history a player had 200 receiving yards in one game, and the first time since Shawn Leonard went for 275 against New Hampshire in 2009.
Senior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey had a huge game as well, scoring two touchdowns and accounting for 199 all-purpose yards. He had career highs with six catches for 99 yards – including a 25-yard touchdown reception. He also rushed for an 11-yard touchdown and had 66 kick return yards and 23 punt return yards.
Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter caught five passes for 77 yards.
Redshirt junior Vito Priore threw for a career-high 430 yards on 30-of-48 passing, including three touchdowns.
It was the eighth-highest single-game passing mark in program history, and just the 12th time a URI player has topped 400 passing yards. The last was Chris Paul-Etienne with 424 against New Hampshire in 2009.
Senior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo had 14 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.
Senior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti had six tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. He had a second sack that was negated by a penalty.
Redshirt senior safety Momodou Mbye had 10 tackles and one interception. It was his second interception of the season, and the sixth of his career.
Senior cornerback Malik Wilder had the third Rhode Island interception, his first as a Ram.
Senior cornerback Rashod Dickerson had six tackles, including one for a loss. He also broke up a pass.
Senior safety Brian Campbell and redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Fire each had nine tackles. Redshirt senior defensive end Tez Wilson and redshirt junior defensive end Andre Bibeault added seven stops each.
Junior kicker C.J. Carrick was 3-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 44-yard make with 19 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Senior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey served as the game captain for Rhode Island.
Redshirt junior Andre Bibeault was the anchor bearer.
Rhode Island will head into the bye week. The Rams are off until Saturday, Sept. 21 when they travel to New Hampshire for a 6 p.m. kickoff.