#6 JMU Downs URI 32-7
Sunday, September 23, 2012
After opening the 2012 season with a pair of games on the road, the University of Rhode Island football team returned to Meade Stadium for their home opener Saturday. And for 3 quarters, the Rams played 6th-ranked James Madison tough. However, the Dukes pulled away in the 4th quarter to win 32-7.
After the Dukes jumped out to a 8-0 lead, the Rams responded with a touchdown drive of their own. Quarterback Bob Bentsen (15-28 for 164 yards, 1 TD 0 INT) connected with Brandon Johnson-Farrell (3 rec for 71 yards, 1 TD) on a 56-yard touchdown pass to pull to within one at 8-7.
DeAndre' Smith put JMU up 15-7 with a touchdown run late in the first quarter. That would be the only scoring of the half.
The Dukes added a field goal in the third to go up 18-7 before adding a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns to seal the victory.
Wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell became the sixth player in school history to eclipse 4,000 all-purpose yards in a career. Johnson-Farrell reached the mark with his 56-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, and finished the game with 108 all-purpose yards. He now has 4,032 yards, trailing only Cy Butler (5,380), Chris Poirier (4,691), James Jenkins (4,515), Wendell Williams (4,346) and Brian Forster (4,046).
Johnson-Farrell also finished with three receptions, moving into fourth place in school history with 162 career grabs. He moved by his former head coach, Darren Rizzi (160) and needs three more to tie Dameon Reilly for third place in school history.
The win lifted James Madison to (3-1) on the season while URI falls to (0-3).
The Rams head back out on the road next weekend when they visit Bowling Green on Saturday.