URI, Bryant and Brown All Stay Home for Key Conference Games
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Another big college football weekend in Rhode Island, even bigger this weekend as all three division I teams are at home, all have big games. Bryant hosts Duquesne in their first home game in four weeks, Brown is back at home to host Ivy league Rival Princeton, and URI is coming off their first win of the season and this week gets #13 Richmond at Meade Stadium. Here is a preview of the games.
Duquesne vs Bryant, 12 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
Bryant Bulldogs (2-3, 0-1 NEC) return home after four straight road games to host ( 4-2, 1-0 NEC) Duquesne at Bulldog Stadium. After starting the season 2-0, Bryant has dropped three straight games and will look to get back in the win column.
Bryant leads the all-time series between the two schools 4-3 and has won two straight games.
What Bryant has to do to Win
The Bulldogs 2-3 record is a bit deceiving because they really have not played all that bad this season.
Last week, the Bulldogs defense gave up 553 yards of total offense to Central Connecticut and despite playing well offensively themselves, that cost them.
Bryant's defense will get a chance to bounce back this week against Duquesne who come in averaging 30 points per game and a conference leading 430 yards of total offense per game.
Dukes quarterback Dillon Beeches has thrown for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdown passes on the season so far.
This would be a great bounce back performance for the Bryant "D" if they can shut down Duquesne.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will need to keep doing what they have been doing, and more, against one of the best defenses in the country.
The Dukes defense is the fifth best scoring defense in the nation, only giving up 13.8 points per game and they lead the NEC with 17 sacks.
The Bulldogs offensive line will need to be alert and they can't afford to get themselves into third and long situations because the Dukes defense has held opponents to just a 31 percent conversion rate this season.
Big game for the Bryant Bulldogs as they look to get back on track.
Princeton vs Brown, 12 p.m. at Brown Stadium
Brown Bears (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) return home to host Ivy League rival (4-0, 1-0 Ivy) Princeton at Brown Stadium at 12 p.m. The Bears come into the game on a two game winning streak after starting the season 0-2.
This is the 82nd meeting all-time between the two teams with Princeton leading the series 54-27 and have won three straight games.
What Brown Has to do to Win
The Bears defense has been on a roll in these last two games. Brown had three interceptions against URI two weeks ago and last week had two interceptions against Holy Cross in a 25-24 win on the road.
Princeton's offense is coming in red hot after beating Colgate 44-20 and racking up 556 total offensive yards and quarterback Chad Kanoff throwing for 277 yards.
Brown's offense has played pretty well also over the last couple of games. Wide receiver Alex Jette had 16 catches against Holy Cross for 216 yards as the chemistry between he and Marcus Fuller has clearly been established.
Marcus Fuller threw for over 400 yards against Holy Cross, something he has done in three of Brown's four games this season.
One thing Brown would like to establish in this game is the run. The Bears will look to get seniors Andrew Coke and Seth Rosenbauer some touches early to help set the pace for the rest of the game.
For Brown to even up their conference play record, it will need to start on the defensive end and then establish their run game.
#13 Richmond vs URI, 12 p.m. Meade Stadium
University of Rhode Island Rams (1-5, 1-2 CAA) will host (4-1, 2-0 CAA) #13 Richmond in their homecoming game. Kick off is set for 12 p.m. URI is 38-49-1 all-time in their homecoming game and 6-15 all-time against Richmond.
URI is coming off their first win of the season against last Saturday when they beat Delaware 20-0 and will look to build on their success and pull off a big upset against Richmond.
The Spiders have won five of the last six games against URI dating back to 2006 and have outscored the Rams 170-30 in that time period.
What URI Needs to do to Win
Offensively, URI needs to establish the run game and be able to use it effectively in order to keep their offense on the field, pick up first downs and help give the Rams the edge in the field position battle. Last week against Delaware, running back Harold Cooper had 32 touches for 174 all purpose yards. URI will need something similar in this game.
One of the biggest things that the Rams have to do is not turn the ball over. URI did a good job last week against Delaware winning the turnover battle (+3) and in turn winning the game. Richmond is too good to give them extra possessions.
Defensively, the Rams are going to have to stop the run game of the Spiders. In Richmond's 27-14 win over Elon, running backs Seth Fisher and Jacobi Green each ran for 100 yards.
The effectiveness of the Richmond running game opens things up for quarterback Kyle Lauletta to throw the ball with little pressure.
URI needs to contain the run game and put some pressure on Lauletta to come away with the victory.
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