URI Wins 40th Governor’s Cup Game, Fourth Straight Victory over Brown

Rhode Island used a near flawless first half to jump on Brown early and coast to a 38-10 win in the 40th edition of the Governor’s Cup Saturday night.

The Rams (3-2) scored five first-half touchdowns and carried a 38-3 into the break, paving the way for the team’s first home win of the season. The victory – URI’s fourth straight in the Governor’s Cup series – also snapped a two-game losing streak and got Rhode Island back above .500.

Rhode Island’s eight first-half possessions resulted in five touchdowns, one field goal, one missed field goal and a turnover at the Brown 1-yard line. Meanwhile, the defense had two interceptions that led to touchdowns, two forced punts and two turnovers on downs as the Rams dominated play on both sides of the ball.

At one point, the Rams scored 24 unanswered points for URI, which was capped by two Caleb Warren touchdown catches just 19 seconds apart in the final minute of the half.

Inside the Box Score
The game marked the 40th Governor’s Cup between the Rams and Bears, with Rhode Island winning its fourth straight in the series.
It is Rhode Island’s longest win streak in the series since a five-game run from 1989-93.
Running back Marques DeShields recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, leading the Rams for the second straight week. He finished with 109 yards and two touchdowns.
DeShields has now rushed for 376 yards on the season, finding the end zone six times in the process.
As a team, Rhode Island rushed for 289 yards. Quarterback Kasim Hill gained 78 yards on seven carries and running back Jaylen Smith added 42 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts.
Hill was 15-of-27 for 257 yards and two touchdowns. With his 78 rushing yards, he had 335 total yards of offense, his most since the 2021 season finale at Elon, when he had 405.
Rhode Island is now 7-0 when Hill runs for 30 or more yards.
Wide receiver Kahtero Summers led all receivers, catching six passes for 112 yards, including a 44-yard grab.
Tight end Caleb Warren had another great game against Brown, catching three passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. In the last two games versus the Bears, Warren has amassed 188 yards and three touchdowns in the two victories for the Rams.
Linebacker Jake Fire led the defense with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and a quarterback hurry. Fire now has 48 total tackles on the season, ranking amongst the top of the FCS.
Alongside Fire was defensive back Antonio Carter II, who recorded the second interception of his career and managed to force a fumble as well.
Defensive back Emmanuel Gomes recorded the first interception of his collegiate career. It was one of five turnovers forced by the defense.
Linebackers Gabe Salomons and A.J. Pena each added seven tackles in the win.
Freshman linebacker Declan Williams recovered a kickoff that Brown allowed to land untouched.
Running back Jaden Griffin made his collegiate debut, rushing six times for 34 yards.
Kicker Harrison Leonard had one field goal and was 5-for-5 on extra points.
The anchor bearer for URI was defensive back Malik Gavek, and the game captain was linebacker Jake Fire.
What’s Next
Rhode Island heads into its bye week. The Rams are off until Saturday, Oct. 8 when they host Elon.

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