College Football: William & Mary engulfs Rhode Island in flames

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William & Mary left no doubt of its superiority in polishing off Rhode Island 55-19 during this Virginia football game.

The Tribe drew first blood by forging a 7-0 margin over the Rams after the first quarter.

William & Mary’s offense jumped on top to a 35-6 lead over Rhode Island at halftime.

The Tribe’s domination showed as they carried a 42-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

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How It Happened
William & Mary scored 21 points off tunovers in the first half en route to a 55-19 victory over Rhode Island Saturday afternoon.

The Rams (2-8, 0-6 CAA Football) were never in the game, as four first-half turnovers helped create a 29-point deficit by late in the second quarter.

William & Mary (4-6, 1-5 CAA Football) scored five touchdowns on its nine first-half possessions. Three of the touchdowns came on the heels of turnovers.

The most painful came on a red zone trip for the Rams. On first-and-10 at the 13-yard line, a Naim Jones fumble gave the Tribe the ball at their own 8-yard line. William & Mary marched down the field, going 92 yards in five plays, capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by Hollis Mathis. The sequence put the Rams in a 14-point hole, and the deficit never got lower.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter had his fourth career 100-yard game, and the seventh of his career. He finished the day with 153 yards on eight catches.
  • Coulter had all three touchdowns for Rhode Island.
  • Coulter is just 47 yards shy of 1,000 for the season with two games to go.
  • Freshman quarterback Darius Perrantes made his first career start. He was 12-for-21 for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interceptions.
  • Senior wide receiver Ahmere Dorsey had two catches for 87 yards, including a career-long reception of 63 yards.
  • Dorsey had 249 all-purpose yards.
  • Senior running back Naim Jones ran for 96 yards, averaging 5.6 yards on 17 attempts.
  • Senior linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo had nine tackles, including seven solo stops, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
  • Senior defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti had three tackles and a fumble recovery.
  • Redshirt sophomore Malik Gavek had 14 tackles for the second straight game.
  • Redshirt freshman Dylan Brown made his first career start at defensive tackle.
  • The game captain was senior defensive end Keith Wells, while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Gavek was the anchor bearer.

What’s Next
Rhode Island is back on the road next week when it travels to Maine Saturday, Nov. 16. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.

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