The University of Rhode Island football team lost to Central Connecticut State University 38-14 on Saturday after they allowed the Blue Devils to put up 28 points in the final quarter.
“We went into the fourth quarter [with the score] at 10-6,” Fleming said. “Holloman came out and ended up with a 54 yard touchdown run. Then we had to punt and they got another big play and it was bang-bang. The score wasn’t representative of the game we played.”
The Rams are still looking for their first win of the season after dropping their fourth game of the year. The defense kept Rhode Island alive for three quarters before giving up big plays in the fourth quarter. Safety Tim Weinclaw had 11 tackles, two pass break ups and a forced fumble, his fourth in three games this year.
Linebacker Andrew Bose finished with 10 tackles including five for a loss. Bose has now reached double-digit tackles in three of the Rams’ four games. Cornerback Myles Holmes also chipped in with five tackles and his second interception of the season. Coach Fleming said the late points allowed by the defense were a result of simple mistakes and that the team has to work on their fundamentals.
Rhode Island’s offense struggled due to an imbalanced attack, as the Rams rushed for only 60 yards on 30 carries, forcing quarterbacks Mack Lowrie and James Caparell to attack through the air.
“Got to give Central some credit,” Fleming said. “We weren’t able to get into the secondary. They did a good job of that. We couldn’t find the holes.”
Lowrie did throw a touchdown pass to fellow redshirt Freshman Charlie McKeeman for his fourth consecutive game, but finished completing just 12-of-27 passes for 123 yards. Lowrie was substituted for James Caparell who completed 7-of-12 passes for 83 yards. He also rushed for his first career touchdown. Despite the versatility at quarterback, the Rams had only 266 yards of total offense on the day.
“It needs to get better,” Fleming said. Â “If we can get the ball on our wide receivers, we can double the number [of yards]. That was either due to good defense or poor throwing mechanics.”
Rhode Island will host Brown University this Saturday for the annual Governor’s Cup at 1 p.m. The Bears hold the all-time advantage with a record of 70-26-2 in 98 meetings. The Rams last defeated Brown on Oct. 2, 2010, when they beat them 27-24 in overtime.
“I hope to see a victorious Rams team with smiling fans,” Fleming said. “I hope to see defense. I’m looking for an improved URI football team.”