URI Football Plays Annual Blue-White Spring Game

University of Rhode Island Press Release

How It Happened
A closely contested Blue-White Game ended in a 66-66 tie as the defense rallied late in the annual scrimmage.

The offense jumped out in front early behind a pair of first quarter touchdown receptions by redshirt senior Marven Beauvais. Running back Justice Antrum added a 5-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the opening quarter as the offense reached the end zone on three of the first four possessions of the day.

It was the defense that dominated the second quarter, getting a three-and-out, an interception by redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Samardich and a pick by redshirt junior Momodou Mbye on the third possession.

After another scoreless period in the third, redshirt senior JaJuan Lawson connected with Beauvais for the second time on the day. The pair hit on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 8:32 remaining in the contest.

Needing to rally, the defense got a second interception from Samardich, a turnover on downs, two sacks and another tackle for loss over the final 16 snaps of the game to salvage the tie.

Inside the Box Score

  • The game used a modified scoring system to make the game competitive. The offense got points for touchdowns (6), 2-point conversions (2), extra points (1); field goals (3), first downs (1) and plays of 15-yards or longer (2).
  • The defense scoring was for touchdowns (7); turnovers (5); drive stops (2), three-and-outs (3); blocked field goals (3) and sacks/tackles for loss (2).
  • Redshirt senior JaJuan Lawson was 11-for-17 for 131 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Redshirt senior Tyler Harris was 5-of-9 for 34 yards and one interception. Redshirt freshman Jakari Grant was 4-of-7 for 95 yards and one pick, while redshirt sophomore Vito Priore was 3-of-7 for 9 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
  • Redshirt senior Marven Beauvais had four catches for 30 yards, plus three touchdown receptions.
  • Sophomore Matt Pires had a game-high five catches for 32 yards and also rushed for 15 yards.
  • Sophomore Prince Asiedu-Johnson rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries. His had the longest run of the day with a 54-yard dash. Sophomore Justice Antrum ran for 10 yards on five carries, including a 5-yard touchdown.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Coulter had the longest play of the game with a 60-yard reception from Jahkari Grant. Coulter finished with two grabs for 77 yards.
  • Senior Khayri Denny had three catches for 50 yards, while redshirt senior tight end Tyler Burke caught two passes for 32 yards.
  • Sophomore punter Satchel Denton averaged 41.2 yards on four attempts.
  • Junior defensive end L.B. Mack III led the defense with nine tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • Junior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti added seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
  • Junior cornerback Rashod Dickerson had seven tackles, while senior safety D.J. Stewart had five stops and one pass break up.
  • Junior cornerback Malik Wilder broke up three passes.
  • Redshirt freshman Justin Samardich had two interceptions and one tackle. Redshirt junior Momodou Mbye had one interception, which he returned 22 yards.
  • Senior linebacker Justin Hogan had four tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Senior defensive end Tez Wilson, junior safety A.J. Baxter, senior linebacker Nas Jones and redshirt freshman Jake Fire all recorded four stops. Fire also broke up a pass.
  • During halftime of the game, the coaching staff announced the Spring Camp awards. The Most Improved Player on offense was junior offensive lineman Kevin Lawrence. Senior Linebacker Nas Jones was the Most Improved Player on defense, and sophomore punter Satchel Denton earned the special teams honor.
  • Junior offensive lineman Kyle Murphy was named the Iron Ram for his work in the weight room.