NEW YORK CITY (WPRI) – Chase Edmonds set a Fordham freshman record by rushing for 231 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 19/23 Fordham to a 54-7 win over Rhode Island Saturday.
Rhody (0-2) got off to a fast start, getting two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the first 11 minutes. Rhode Island got an interception from junior Myles Holmes on the first play from scrimmage, but was unable to convert the turnover into points, missing a 19-yard field goal.
Edmonds broke through for his first score with 2:48 left in the first quarter, running in from 16 yards out. He added a 10-yard scoring run just 1:35 later to open a 14-point lead for Fordham (2-1). Edmonds scored twice more in the second half, including an 87-yard backbreaker in the third quarter.
Inside the Box Score
Redshirt junior Tim Wienclaw had seven tackles, an interception in the end zone to stop a drive and a forced fumble on special teams, all in the first half. He left the game late in the second quarter with an injury.
On the interception, senior linebacker Andrew Bose hit Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich to affect the throw. Bose finished with five tackles and had two sacks on the day, one for 11 yards and one for 9 yards. He had 1.5 career sacks entering today’s ballgame.
Redshirt freshman Charlie McKeeman caught his second touchdown pass of the season, a 22-yard strike from Mack Lowrie. McKeeman finished with three catches for 38 yards.
Long snapper Clay Crume recovered a fumble on special teams for the second straight season he has recovered a fumble on punt coverage. He also had one at Albany on Sept. 14, 2013.
Junior cornerback Myles Holmes got his first interception as a Ram on the first play from scrimmage.
Senior running back Lyle McCombs rushed for 98 yards, including a 50-yard run in the third quarter. It is Rhody’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
The loss was the 11th in a row for Rhode Island against ranked teams. The last Rhody win over a ranked team was a 24-21 victory over No. 19 William & Mary Nov. 5, 2011.
Redshirt junior Kevin Gallogly and freshman Anthony St. Laurent each made his career start. Gallogly was the starting center, while St. Laurent lined up at defensive end.
Redshirt freshman James Caparell made his first appearances at quarterback. Caparell hit Lyle McCombs for a 7-yard gain on his first snap.
Also making their Rhode Island debuts were redshirt freshman Derrick Holmes and freshman Shawn Antoine II.
Stat of the Game
1036 – The number of days between games in which a Rhody player had two sacks. Senior Andrew Bose put Fordham’s Mike Nebrich down twice for a loss of 19 yards. The last 2+ sack game by Ram defender came on Nov. 12, 2011, when Doug Johnson tallied two sacks against James Madison.
Rhode Island plays its first home game of the season next Saturday (Sept. 20) when it hosts Albany in the CAA Football opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.