URI Wins College Football Opener Against Bryant
Senior Justice Antrum had a career-best performance and Kasim Hill factored on three touchdowns to lead Rhode Island to a 45-21 victory over Bryant Saturday night.
Antrum scored on Rhody’s opening possession, plunging in from the 1-yard line to give URI (1-0) the early lead. His score capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive.
After Bryant (0-1) scored late in the first quarter to tie the score, Rhody ran off 10 straight points, getting a 33-yard field goal from C.J. Carrick and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Ivory Frimpong to pull ahead, 17-7. The visiting Bulldogs scored to get within 17-14 with 5:04 left in the half, but Hill led another scoring drive. After a potential 58-yard touchdown pass to Frimpong was nullified by a holding call, the offense continued to apply pressure. Hill eventually hit Matt Pires on a 38-yard scoring strike to give the Rams a 24-14 edge.
Rhody was not done in the half yet. The defense forced a three-and-out, and with 2:30 left in the half, Hill led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Antrum’s second touchdown of the half, a 10-yard run around the left side that gave Rhody a 31-14 lead at the half.
The defense limited Bryant to seven second-half points as the Rams cruised to the season-opening win.
Inside the Box Score
Rhode Island had 508 total yards of offense. The last time the Rams had 500 or more was against Delaware on Sept. 7, 2019, when they had 501.
Senior kicker C.J. Carrick finished the game with nine points. He now has 212, which is the most by a kicker in program history. He ranks third overall behind Jayson Davis (256 from 2002-05) and Dameon Reilly (228 from 1983-85).
Quarterback Kasim Hill was 12-for-18 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was not hit in the backfield once, as the offensive line kept him clean.
Hill also rushed for 33 yards and a score.
Senior Justice Antrum ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns, leading an effort for Rhode Island in which the Rams had 235 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Senior Ivory Frimpong had four catches for 54 yards and a score, while junior Paul Woods had two grabs for 73 yards.
Rhody had 10 different players catch at least one pass.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Antonio Carter II and redshirt senior L.B. Mack III each had a sack for the defense.
Junior cornerback Jordan Jones set up a Rhody score with his first career interception for the Rams. He returned the pick 35 yards, and URI scored on the next play from scrimmage when Hill hit Frimpong for a 17-yard score.
Game captains were safety Henry Yianakopolos and Hill, while the anchor bearer was Antrum.
Rhode Island opens CAA Football play at UAlbany on Saturday, Sept. 11. Game time is 7 p.m.