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Rams Loose Home Opener To James Madison 32-7

Flying in with Stars and Stripes RI National Guardsman at start of URI Football home game

Photos and story special to - Nick Murgo

The URI football team could have used a little extra help in the form of the RI National Guard. The Guard had a trio from Ft. Benning drop in from high up in the sky, landing perfectly at mid field for the ceremonial opening ball presentation. The URI Rams QB Bob Bentsen passed for 164 yards. However, the running game managed to put up a measly 19 yards on the ground which held the offense to converting on only 1 of 10 on third downs, and more importantly the offense yielded a paltry total of 7 points. JMU meanwhile took a 15 - 7 lead into the locker room at half time, and then went on to score 3 points with a field goal in the third quarter, and 14 more points on 2 TD's in the fourth. It appeared that JMU wore Rhody down as the lack of two deep at key positions became more evident as the fourth quarter wore on. JMU looked like a polished team in all aspects of the game. James Madison quarterback Justin Thorpe had an outstanding day, finishing with 340 yards and two touchdowns. Although RI had a good pass rush, Thorpe demonstrated above average ability in moving around in the pocket and running when he had to, picking up 40 more yards rushing.



Johnson-Farrell scores on this 56 yard td play

"Woops there he goes..." This heads up play by receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell ended in a 56-yard touchdown. He became only the sixth player to gain more than 4,000 all-purpose yards in a career.