Rams win, Bulldogs lose on the gridiron
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Defense ruled the day in Kingston, while offense wasn't quite enough to win in Smithfield.
Dylan Smith tied a school record for URI with four field goals and the defense came up with a turnover with less than two minutes remaining as Rhode Island (3-5, 2-3 CAA) beat Richmond 12-10 on Family Day at Meade Stadium.
Smith's final field goal came with 9:16 remaining to give the Rams their final lead of the day. Richmond (2-5, 0-3 CAA) was driving for the potential go-ahead score...but on first-and-10 from the Rhody 33, Michael Strauss hit Rashad Ponder for 13 yards, and cornerback Rodney Chance forced a fumble. Andre Scott recovered the ball to clinch the victory.
Smith hit his field goals from 24, 47, 23 and 19 yards. The four field goals tied the school record set by Chris Cassara against Northeastern on Nov. 5, 1988.
As for Bryant, Sophomore Jose Depadua set a program record with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown and senior Jordan Harris tied a program record with three touchdown receptions, but Sacred Heart compiled 500 yards of total offense to race past the Bulldogs 56-28, on Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield.
In a matchup of the top two run offenses and the top two run defenses in the NEC, it was the Pioneers (7-1, 2-1 NEC) that won the battle on Saturday. Sacred Heart rushed for 302 yards and held the Black and Gold (3-4, 1-1 NEC) to just four yards on 36 carries. The Pioneers also caused five Bryant turnovers.