Univ. of Albany RB #24 Elija Ibitokun-Hanks looking for a crease

By:|James Samuels:|4.0 Sports Media

Meade Stadium- The University of Albany will have Rhode Island quarterback JaJuan Lawson on their minds for a very long time. Lawson completed 22 of 28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-26 win over the University at Albany football in Rhode Island.

The Rams move to 2-0 for the first time since 2005, and 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2001.

The Great Danes fell behind 45-7 in the contest before scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score more respectable.

With the game knotted at seven in the first quarter, Lawson hit Isaiah Coulter for an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams a 14-7 lead following an extra point from C.J. Carrick.

The Rams took seven plays and 80-yards to hit paydirt.

Rhode Island quarterback JaJuan Lawson finished the game where he completed 22 of 28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns. The Great Danes didn’t have an answer to Lawson and the Rams high power offense.

Carrick hit a field goal to put the Rams up 24-7, URI would score another touchdown just before the half to take a 31-7 lead into the break.

Lawson jump started the offense and connected with Tyler Burke on a 22-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams a 38-7 lead after the extra point.

URI would score more than last time in the contest on a one-yard plunged by Zoe Bryant to take a 45-7 lead and never looked back.

Testaverde finished 21-for-32 for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore running back Karl Mofor had a 40-yard touchdown catch and a 24-yard scoring run in the final quarter.

The Rams which beat nationally ranked Delaware last week are off to its first 2-0 start since 2005.

URI picked to finish last in the CAA preseason poll dominated the Great Danes for the second straight year.

UAlbany fell to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the CAA. The Great Danes play their home opener against Morgan State at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Casey Stadium.