On Homecoming, Rams SLAUGHTER Rhode Island, 54-7

After losing badly to Villanova last Saturday, the Rams rebounded and gave the alumni crowd something to cheer about with a powerful 54-7 Homecoming win over the University of Rhode Island.

Fordham’s defense held URI scoreless into the fourth quarter, while the offense broke the game open with four third quarter touchdowns.

The game started poorly for the home team, but Fordham’s defense prevented the visitors from taking the lead.

Michael Nebrich was intercepted by URI on the game’s first offensive play and they took over on Fordham’s 21 yard line. The visiting Rams immediately completed an 18 yard pass, and were set to score.

But Fordham’s defense made a game-changing statement by stopping URI on three straight plays, and then Connor McHugh clanked a 19 yard attempt off the left upright. Fordham then drove into the red zone, but could not score due to another Nebrich pick.

After George Dawson intercepted a URI pass, Fordham took advantage of a short field to go ahead 7-0.

Chase Edmonds continued his outstanding freshman season by scoring on a 16-yard run, and he would end up with 231 yards on the day. Fordham scored again before the end of the first quarter on another Edmonds run, but this drive was set up by a 61 yard pass to Sam Ajala.

URI threatened to score in the second quarter, but Fordham got a red zone interception to stop the drive. Michael Marando finished the half with a 33-yard field goal and Fordham led 17-0.

Fordham finished Rhode Island off with 30 third quarter points as Edmonds and the defense were the catalysts again. Three minutes into the quarter, Edmonds made the play of the game with an electrifying 87 yard touchdown run.

The hits kept coming for URI, as Ian Williams recovered a bad snap in the endzone for another Fordham touchdown. On Rhode Island’s next offensive play, another bad snap went out of the end zone for a Fordham safety.

Soon after, Edmonds brought home his fourth touchdown with a 41 yard run, and the Rams made it 40-0 with their fourth score in three minutes. Michael Nebrich connected with Tebucky Jones later in the quarter, and Fordham led 47-0 after three quarters.

URI finally scored in the fourth quarter, but the visitors performance was as dreary as the weather. In the end, Fordham won 54-7 and won their fourth straight homecoming game. Chase Edmonds set a freshman record with 231 rushing yards on just 23 carries, and already looks like an unstoppable force.

Fordham will look to form a winning streak next Saturday at Columbia’s beautiful Lawrence Wien Stadium. The Rams have not lost to Columbia in five years, and Fordham will make it six if Edmonds continues to run like he has. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm.