URI Football Cracks Top 25, Lawson Named CAA Offensive Player of the Week

University of Rhode Island Press Release

KINGSTON, R.I. – For the first time since 2005, Rhode Island has cracked a national Top 25 poll, landing at No. 25 in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, released Monday afternoon.

Following Saturday’s 45-26 win over CAA Football opponent, the Rams more than doubled their vote total from last week, receiving 358 votes. The boost helped Rhody move from No. 29 up to No. 25, well ahead of Austin Peay (225 votes).

Rhode Island last cracked the STATS Top 25 in 2001, when it ended the season ranked No. 21 in the country. In 2005, the Rams were ranked No. 25 in the Division I-AA Sports Network Top 25 poll after starting the season 3-0.

Head Coach Jim Fleming has Rhode Island 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2001, when the Rams opened the season with seven straight wins, including a 5-0 mark in the then Atlantic 10.

North Dakota State received 154 first-place votes to remain in the top 25. CAA Football’s James Madison was No. 2 and received two first-place votes. Other CAA Football teams in the top 25 were No. 10 Villanova, No. 14 Elon, No. 17 Maine and No. 24 Stony Brook. Delaware, New Hampshire and Richmond all received votes.

Rhode Island nearly got into both national top 25 polls. In the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll, finishing No. 27. Last week the Rams were No. 33 in that poll.

Rhode Island heads to Connecticut for a non-conference game Saturday, Sept. 15 at noon.