Rams host No. 21 Delaware in CAA Football Opener on Saturday night

The URI Rams will host the Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday night.

GoRhody.com, the official site of University of Rhode Island Athletics, provided the following preview of the bout on their website this week;


THE BASICS
Delaware (1-0) at Rhode Island (0-1)
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. DELAWARE – SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday will be the 33rd meeting between Rhode Island and Delaware, with the Blue Hens holding a 22-10 lead in the series.
  • Rhode Island has won each of the last two meetings, including a 21-19 victory in the season opener for both teams last season.
  • Rhode Island is 6-8 at home against Delaware.
  • Delaware comes into the game ranked No. 21 in both the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches Top 25 polls. 
  • The Blue Hens were ranked No. 15 in the country last season when Rhode Island defeated the Blue Hens. It was Rhody’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2011. 
  • Delaware redshirt senior center Mario Farinella and senior punter Nick Pritchard both were named to the CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team. 
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FIRST NIGHT GAME IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS AT MEADE STADIUM

  • When the team’s kickoff, it will be the first night game played in Kingston in 47 years.
  • The 1972 season opener was played under the lights as the Rams defeated Hampton, 27-0.
  • Rhode Island’s Meade Stadium underwent a facelift during the offseason, as synthetic turf and stadium lighting were installed as part of a $4.1 million project.
  • Saturday is the first of two night games scheduled at home this season. The Rams also will host Stony Brook under the new lights on Saturday, Sept. 28.
  • The $4.1 million project was made possible through a pair of $1 million donations from University alumni. James Clappin ’80 and a second, anonymous donor each made generous $1 million gifts, and the University will contribute $1.1 million through an auxiliary fund. The remainder of the money is being raised through other means. 
  • The synthetic turf provides a resilient surface, allowing for back-to-back events as well as use during or immediately after inclement weather. It will equip the facility to handle the demands of varsity, club, and intramural teams.

PARKER EXPLODES IN SEASON OPENER

  • Senior Aaron Parker was the most productive wide receiver in CAA Football in the first week of the season, catching nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.
  • The receptions and receiving yardage were both league highs for the week.
  • It marked the 10th time in his career that Parker has topped 100 receiving yards in a game.
  • Parker is now fourth in URI history with 22 touchdown catches. He has passed Shawn Leonard, who had 21 from 2006-09.
  • Parker also moved into fifth all-time with 2,363 receiving yards, passing both Leonard (2,353 from 2006-09) and Cy Butler (2,348 from 1993-96) Saturday.
  • With 51 more receiving yards, Parker can move into the top three in receiving yards in program history. Next on the list are Darren Rizzi (2,426 from 1989-92) and Bobby Apgar (2,431 from 1993-95).
  • Parker is second among all active FCS-level players with his 2,363 receiving yards. Only Sam Houston State’s Nathan Stewart (3,786) has more. 

PARKER SIX AWAY FROM EXCLUSIVE CLUB

  • Senior Aaron Parker has 144 catches, which ranks eighth in program history.
  • With six more receptions, he would become the sixth player in Rhode Island history to reach 150 with the Rams.
  • The others with 150 in their careers were Brian Forster (284 from 1983-85, 87); Brandon Johnson-Farrell (198 from 2008-12); Cy Butler (189 from 1993-96); Dameon Reilly (165 from 1983-85) and Darren Rizzi (160 from 1989-92).
  • Ahead of Parker on URI’s all-time receptions list are Bobby Apgar (145 from 1993-95) and Tony DiMaggio (149 from 1982-85).  

COULTER ALSO FINDS THE END ZONE

  • Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coutler also had a touchdown catch last week at Ohio.
  • It was the fifth career touchdown grab for Coulter. 
  • It also was the fifth time that Coulter and Aaron Parker have caught a touchdown pass in the same game.
  • Coulter and Parker are cousins who both came to Rhode Island from Gwynn Park High School in Maryland.
  • Despite coming from the same high school program, Parker and Coulter had never been teammates before playing together at URI.
  • With 869 career receiving yards, Coulter needs just 131 more to reach 1,000.

2019 URI Football Schedule
Aug. 31 – at Ohio
Sept. 7 – Delaware
Sept. 14 – Open
Sept. 21 – at New Hampshire
Sept. 28 – Stony Brook
Oct. 5 – at Brown
Oct. 12 – at Virginia Tech
Oct. 19 – at Albany
Oct. 26 – Elon
Nov. 2 – Merrimack
Nov. 9 – at William & Mary
Nov. 16 – at Maine
Nov. 23 – James Madison