URI Football Falls In Conference Opener At Albany

University of Rhode Island Press Release

How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1 CAA Football) found the end zone with 5:02 remaining, while Albany’s D.J. Crook threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Great Danes dropped the Rams 35-7 in the CAA Football opener for both teams on Saturday.

After stopping Rhode Island’s opening drive, Albany (1-1, 1-0 CAA Football) put together a 13-play, 82-yard touchdown drive on its first possession. Crook ran it in from 7 yards out for the first score of the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick short-hopped a Rhode Island player and the Great Danes recovered at the Rams 33. Eight plays later, Crook hit Josh Gontarek with an 8-yard touchdown pass to help push the Albany lead to 14-0.

Albany led 28-0 before Rhode Island’s Paul Mroz hit Khayri Denny with a 21-yard touchdown pass for the team’s first points of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior safety Tim Wienclaw had a team-high 12 tackles, including two for loss and his second career interception, which came in the third quarter. 
  • Sophomore Harold Cooper averaged 4.1 yards per carry, gaining 66 yards on 16 attempts.
  • Freshman receiver Khayri Denny again led Rhode Island in receiving, finishing with 79 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Nathan Holmes had the first four receptions of his career, totaling 25 yards.
  • Junior linebacker Adam Parker had four tackles, including two tackles for loss. He now has five tackles for loss through the first two games of the season.
  • Freshmen Ahkema Evans and Nas Jones combined for 13 tackles in the Rhode Island secondary.
  • Senior linebacker Connor Caponegro had six tackles.
  • Sophomore Jose Duncan was chosen as the team’s pregame anchor bearer. Senior Myles Holmes was tabbed as a game captain.
  • Redshirt freshman T.J. Hayduk made his collegiate debut, appearing on special teams.
  • The game was delayed for 16 minutes in the third quarter due to a power outage that knocked the lights out at Bob Ford Field. 
  • The attendance for the game was 6081. 

Stat of the Day
-5 –
Rhode Island was -5 in the turnover battle. Through two games, Rhode Island is -8 in turnovers.

What’s Next
Rhode Island heads home for its 2015 home opener when it hosts Harvard for the first time on the gridiron Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. The game will be "Salute to Service Day."

Military, fire, police and EMT personnel will receive one free ticket plus $5 for any additional family members.