URI Football Tops Bryant in Home Opener, 45-21

Senior Justice Antrum had a career-best performance and Kasim Hill factored on three touchdowns to lead Rhode Island to a 45-21 victory over Bryant Saturday night.

Antrum scored on Rhody’s opening possession, plunging in from the 1-yard line to give URI (1-0) the early lead. His score capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive.

After Bryant (0-1) scored late in the first quarter to tie the score, Rhody ran off 10 straight points, getting a 33-yard field goal from C.J. Carrick and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Ivory Frimpong to pull ahead, 17-7. The visiting Bulldogs scored to get within 17-14 with 5:04 left in the half, but Hill led another scoring drive. After a potential 58-yard touchdown pass to Frimpong was nullified by a holding call, the offense continued to apply pressure. Hill eventually hit Matt Pires on a 38-yard scoring strike to give the Rams a 24-14 edge.

Rhody was not done in the half yet. The defense forced a three-and-out, and with 2:30 left in the half, Hill led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Antrum’s second touchdown of the half, a 10-yard run around the left side that gave Rhody a 31-14 lead at the half.

The defense limited Bryant to seven second-half points as the Rams cruised to the season-opening win.