Hughes rushed for 93 yards on 21 carries for Rhode Island (3-9, 1-7 Colonial Athletic Association), scoring on an 11-yard run early in the second half.
Ferrer rushed 10 times for 71 yards and scored on a 3-yard TD run with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
John Griffin scored two touchdowns and had 110 yards rushing on 18 carries for Northeastern (2-10, 1-7 CAA).
Rhode Island's Derek Cassidy was 13-of-22 for 157 passing yards, while kicker Louis Feinstein had three field goals.
Northeastern's Anthony Orio was just 5-of-17 for 47 yards and an interception.
Northeastern led 14-13 at halftime.
Teammates dancing everywhere, a whistle blaring and lots of yelling -- the Rebels' weight room is one intense place.
Forget the signed biceps or rap talk. What Jim Harbaugh and his players did was put the Big Ten on notice that they are embracing the big expectations.
The Mountaineers' fortunes will be largely determined by quarterback Skyler Howard and his readiness to make good decisions in the passing game.
Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was given a $300,000 raise this year and has a chance to make $1 million annually.
A "handful" of Washington State players are being investigated in an alleged assault that took place over the weekend, the Pullman Police Department confirmed.
GameDay 100: Nebraska WR Matt Davison grabs an errant pass off a deflection to score a touchdown to send the game into overtime against Missouri, where the Cornhuskers would pull out the win.
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