Second Half Surge Lifts URI Over Brown, 28-13

Second Half Surge Lifts URI Over Brown, 28-13

Kingston, R.I. – On a rainy day when Brown's offense was able to generate just six points, Rhode Island capitalized on several Bears' turnovers to come away with a 28-13 win at Meade Stadium in the 101st meeting between the two Ocean State schools. The Rams claimed the Governor's Cup for the first time since 2010. 

 

"Anytime you turn the ball over you allow the your opponent to stay in the game," said head coach Phil Estes.  "Our defense played extremely well, but we put them in some bad positions. We need to fix some things on special teams."

 

Bears' senior quarterback Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) completed 20-of-50 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Senior tailback Johnny Pena (Tucson, AZ) paced the Bears' rushing attack with 55 yards.

 

Senior wide receiver Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) made six catches for 38 yards, but four of those receptions, including a touchdown and a rushed of 17 yards, came on Brown's opening scoring drive. Senior Garrett Swanky (Los Angeles, CA) had six catches for 21 yards.

 

The Rams threw for just 42 yards, completing just 4-of-24 passes, but rushed for 180 yards. Harold Cooper's 135 rushing yards led URI.

 

Following a poor URI punt, Brown took over at its own 46 yard line and methodically drove down the field for the game's opening touchdown, a six yard pass from Moreno to Jette with 9:24 left in the opening quarter. The extra point failed on a high snap and the Bears held a 6-0 lead.

 

An 80-yard scoring drive gave Rhode Island a 7-6 lead at the end of the opening quarter.  The Rams moved down the field via the run and scored on a 10-yard pass from Jordan Vazzano to Charlie McKeeman.

 

With the Bears' offense struggling to get traction, the defense took over and gave Brown the lead at the half.

 

Senior linebacker William Twyman (Sudbury, MA) dropped back in coverage and intercepted a Vazzano pass at the Rams 30-yard line and ran down the sideline into the end zone to give the Bears a 13-6 lead with 1:02 remaining in the half.

 

Brown took the opening kickoff of the second half, but a fumble on the Bears' first possession gave the Rams possession at the Brown five-yard line.  Three plays later, Rhode Island took a 14-13 lead when TJ Anderson ran into the end zone from two yards out.

The Rams put the Bears away with a pair of fourth quarter Cooper touchdown runs, a 36-yard scamper and a 42-yard jaunt to put the game away.

 

Twyman turned in an inspired effort for the Bears with six tackles, including one for a loss and an interception return for a touchdown. Senior defensive end Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) had five tackles, a quarterback sack and three tackles for a loss of nine yards.

 

Brown will host Stetson next Saturday, October 8, in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium.