Rhode Island Wins Big Over Central Connecticut University 42-7

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Rhody Wins The Battle of the Trenches

Kellen Marcil

It’s often said that football games are won at the line of scrimmage and that the team that wins the turnover battle will win the game. It’s no wonder then that Rhode Island came away with a resounding 42-7 victory Saturday at sunny Meade Stadium in front of more than 5000 happy Ram fans.

Offensively Rhode Island was able to move the ball at will against Central Connecticut, especially on the ground where they averaged five yards per carry. The offensive line opened up holes all game and Justin Semmes (18 carries, 114 yards, two touchdowns) and Robbie Delgado (17 carries, 69 yards, one TD) took advantage. The strong line play also helped Bob Bentsen have an effective game on the ground and in the air. The senior QB ran eight times for 42 yards and completed 11 of 20 passes for 168 yards with two touchdowns, one interception, and no sacks.

The defensive line however was not about to be overshadowed by their offensive counterparts. They held the Central Connecticut rushing attack to a meager 3.3 yards per carry and only 260 yards of offense on the day. While DE Blake Jones recorded the only sack, the line was able to generate pressure throughout the game, helping to force four interceptions. Overall the defense forced five Central Connecticut turnovers with DB Tyrone Jenkins returning one interception 43 yards for a touchdown.

The two key plays of the game both happened in the first half. Rhode Island was up 7-0 with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter when a wild sequence unfolded at midfield. Bob Bentsen connected with Jawaun Wynn for a 39 yard pass when Jevon Elmore forced a fumble at the Rhody 49. However, when Antwione Reese attempted to return the fumble for Central Connecticut he fumbled the ball back to Rhode Island’s Justin Favreau. Instead of Central Connecticut having the ball in Rhody territory, URI took advantage of the break and drove 51 yards in ten plays culminating in a four yard Bentsen to Andrew Matos strike.

The URI defense was the source of the other key sequence. Central Connecticut had a first and goal from the six as the first half was coming to an end. The defense remained stout and forced a fourth and goal at the one. On the critical fourth down play, Central Connecticut lineman Blaise Rosati committed a false start penalty to back their offense up. Sensing the need for a big play on the final snap of the first half to change the momentum of the game Central Connecticut attempted a fake field goal from the six, however the Rhode Island defense refused to yield and Andre Scott intercepted the attempt in the end zone to close out the half and maintain Rhody’s 21-0 lead.

Rhode Island returns to action Saturday for the 1000 game in team history in their annual battle against Brown for the Governor’s Cup. The Rams hope to capture the cup for the first time since 2010. The clash begins at 6 pm and takes place at Brown Stadium.



First home win of the 2013 season bring the season record to 2-3. The home town crowd of over 5,000 fans enjoy the sun and the offensive and defensive performance of their Rhody Rams.

Photos by Nick Murgo


Bob Bentsent hands off football in win over CCU

Hand off to Robbie Delgado from East Providence for a nine yard pick-up.


Bensten with 30 yard completion in third qtr.

A 30 yard pass completion under pressure by Bentsen to Jawaun Wynn WR Jr from Piscataway, N.Y. / Rutgers

Pick off and return by #21 Tim Wienclaw DB from Valley Stream, N.Y./ Kellenberg Memorial