URI Starts Season 2-0 For First Time Since ’05 With Rout of Albany

Rhode Island (2-0, 2-0 CAA Football) stands alone in first place in CAA Football after a dominating 45-26 victory over UAlbany Saturday afternoon at Meade Stadium.

The Rams scored on each of its first seven possessions, getting six touchdowns and one field goal as they opened a 45-7 lead before cruising to the win. For the second straight week, URI scored 14 points off turnovers and got a special teams touchdown.

Rhode Island scored first when JaJuan Lawson found Marven Beauvais with a 28-yard touchdown strike on fourth-and-12. Albany (0-2, 0-1 CAA Football) responded with a touchdown of its own to tie game. From there, Rhody scored 38 unanswered points, getting touchdown catches from Isaiah Coulter, Aaron Parker and Tyler Burke, a touchdown run from Zoe Bryant, Jr., a field goal from C.J. Carrick and a 69-yard punt return for a score from Ahmere Dorsey to put the game away.

Inside the Box Score

This is the first time Rhode Island has started 2-0 since 2005, when it won its first three games.
It also is the first time the Rams have been 2-0 in conference play since 2001, when Rhody began 5-0 in the Atlantic 10.
Redshirt senior quarterback JaJuan Lawson had his second career 300-yard passing game, finishing with 317 yards on 22-of-28 passing. He became the first Rhody player to pass for four touchdowns in a game since Steve Probst did so at Massachusetts on Sept. 17, 2011.
The wide receiving tandem of junior Aaron Parker and Isaiah Coulter combined for 18 catches, two touchdowns and 155 receiving yards. Both players had nine catches and one touchdown. Parker had 146 receiving yards, while Coulter had 109.
Parker has scored in each game this season, and now has 13 career touchdowns in 23 games. With 12 career touchdown catches, he moved into sole possession of 10th place in program history
It is the second time in the last four games Rhode Island has had two 100-yard receivers in the same game.
Junior L.B. Mack III had his second career two-sack performance. He tied senior linebacker Nas Jones and senior safety D.J. Stewart for the team high with six tackles and added 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
Jones had one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery to go with his six stops.
Junior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti had his second fumble recovery in as many games. He finished with three tackles and one sack. His 30-yard fumble return to the 1-yard line set up a touchdown run by Zoe Bryant, Jr.
Bryant averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 14 carries. Through two starts, he is averaging 4.4 yards per attempt.
Senior tight end Tyler Burke caught his second touchdown in as many weeks, hauling in a 22-yard score. Burke now has eight career receptions, and four have resulted in touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Jake Fire had three tackles.
Junior Ahmere Dorsey had three punt returns for 108 yards. He already has 110 punt return yards through two games. Last season, Matt Pires had 114 punt return yards, and in 2016 Aaron Parker had 109 punt return yards. Both Pires and Parker earned all-conference honors as punt returners.
Redshirt sophomore Vito Priore made his collegiate debut, completing all three of his pass attempt and throwing for 21 yards.
Others making their collegiate debut were redshirt freshman cornerback Malik Gavek, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Sean Anderson, freshman wide receiver John Erby and freshmen offensive linemen Evan Lovell, Sebastian Delasoudas and Lorenzo Thompson.
The anchor bearer was junior left tackle Kyle Murphy.
The attendance for the game was 6,520.
What’s Next
Rhode Island travels to Connecticut for a non-conference game on Saturday, Sept. 15. It will be the first time Rhody plays the Huskies since 2009.