Scores

Final

Rhode Island 16

(2-5, 0-4 CAA)

Massachusetts 41

(6-1, 4-0 MAC)

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

McGuirk Stadium, AMHERST, MA

1 2 3 4 T
URI 13 0 3 016
MASS 10 21 7 341

Top Performers

Passing: L. Coen (MASS) - 176 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Baylark (MASS) - 26 CAR, 235 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. London (MASS) - 4 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

Massachusetts 41, Rhode Island 16

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Steve Baylark rushed for a career-high 235 yards and scored two touchdowns as Massachusetts overcame an early 10-point deficit to win its fifth straight game, 41-16 over Rhode Island on Saturday.

Liam Coen completed 14 of 19 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns as the Minutemen (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) fell behind 13-3, but scored 28 consecutive points to take a 31-13 halftime lead.

Massachusetts' Tony Nelson fumbled the opening kickoff and three plays later Rhode Island's Joe Casey scored on a 9-yard run less than two minutes into the game. Casey led the Rams (2-5, 0-4) with 136 yards rushing.

Chris Koepplin kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Minutemen with 8:34 left in the first quarter, but Derek Cassidy scored on a 1-yard run to give the Rams a 13-6 lead with 6:16 left in the quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 59-yard pass play from Cassidy to Jimmy Hughes.

Baylark capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard run with 2:18 left in the first quarter, then Coen threw 9-yard TD pass to Brandon London and a 23-yard scoring pass to Rasheed Rancher in the second quarter. Brandon Smith also scored on a 21-yard fumble recovery in the second.

Baylark scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter that put Massachusetts up 38-13.

Rhode Island was held to Colin Gallagher's 21-yard field goal in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
URI
MASS
1st Downs1423
Total Yards308474
Passing140176
Rushing168298
Penalties2-104-20
3rd Down Conversions6-153-10
4th Down Conversions1-32-2
Turnovers11
Possession29:4830:12

Passing Leaders

Rhode IslandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Stefkovi...1/273.500-
Cassidy5/1213311.100-
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Coen14/191769.320-

Rushing Leaders

Rhode IslandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Casey251365.4147
Hughes7324.6010
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Baylark262359.0258
Washington4194.8010

Receiving Leaders

Rhode IslandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hughes27437.0059
Leonard24723.5036
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
London45513.8119
Rancher35217.3123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERURIMASS
TD13:26JOE CASEY 9 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yards.
60
FG8:24CHRIS KOEPPLIN 26 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 71 yards.
63
TD6:16DEREK CASSIDY 1 YD RUN (COLIN GALLAGHER KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
133
TD2:18STEVE BAYLARK 2 YD RUN (CHRIS KOEPPLIN KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
1310
SECOND QUARTERURIMASS
TD12:04BRANDON LONDON 9 YD PASS FROM LIAM COEN (CHRIS KOEPPLIN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 92 yards.
1317
TD10:34BRANDON SMITH 21 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (CHRIS KOEPPLIN KICK)1324
TD1:26RASHEED RANCHER 23 YD PASS FROM LIAM COEN (CHRIS KOEPPLIN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards.
1331
THIRD QUARTERURIMASS
TD3:03STEVE BAYLARK 8 YD RUN (CHRIS KOEPPLIN KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yards.
1338
FOURTH QUARTERURIMASS
FG14:52COLIN GALLAGHER 21 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yards.
1638
FG12:10CHRIS KOEPPLIN 24 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yards.
1641