Scores

Final

Northeastern 30

(3-8, 1-5 away)

Rhode Island 35

(3-8, 2-3 home)

12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Meade Stadium, Kingston, RI

1 2 3 4 T
NE 14 3 7 630
URI 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: D. Cassidy (URI) - 123 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Murray (NE) - 24 CAR, 182 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Hughes (URI) - 3 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Rhode Island 35, Northeastern 30

Associated Press

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- Derek Cassidy passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Rhode Island overcame an early 14-point deficit for a 35-30 win over Northeastern on Saturday.

Rhode Island (3-8, 2-6 Colonial Athletic Association) also got 109 yards rushing and a touchdown from Anthony Ferrer.

The loss spoiled a record-breaking day for Northeastern's Maurice Murray, who ran for 182 yards and a touchdown to break the program's career rushing record and career touchdown record. He finished his career with 3,806 yards rushing, breaking the mark of 3,692 set by L.J. McKanas from 1998 to '01.

With 43 career touchdowns, Murray broke the record of 42 set by Dave Klemic from 1997 to '00.

The Rams trailed 14-0 late in the first quarter before Cassidy scored on a 1-yard run with 1:04 left.

After the Huskies (3-8, 2-6) made it 17-7 on Mat Johnson's 38-yard field goal, Cassidy threw touchdown passes of 32 yards to Jimmy Hughes and 4 yards to Shawn Leonard to give Rhode Island a 21-17 halftime lead.

Northeastern retook the lead 24-21 on Anthony Orio's 8-yard run early in the third quarter, but Cassidy scored on a 2-yard run with 42 seconds to play in the third, and Ferrer scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth.

Northeastern closed out the scoring when Darryl Jones returned a blocked punt 26 yards with 5:24 remaining.

Alex Broomfield's 5-yard run and Murray's 14-yard run gave Northeastern a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
URI
1st Downs1719
Total Yards330372
Passing104123
Rushing226249
Penalties2-208-94
3rd Down Conversions4-1310-18
4th Down Conversions1-50-0
Turnovers12
Possession29:0031:00

Passing Leaders

NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Orio10/211045.001
Rhode IslandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cassidy8/171237.221

Rushing Leaders

NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray241827.6147
Orio9455.0111
Rhode IslandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferrer251094.4120
Cassidy16714.4222

Receiving Leaders

NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lott33812.7018
Gilmartin-Donohue23819.0036
Rhode IslandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hughes38829.3148
Evans2178.5010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEURI
TD07:30Alex Broomfield 5 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:01
70
TD03:20Maurice Murray 14 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 65 yds, 2:12
140
TD01:04Derek Cassidy 1 Yd Run (Bryan Giannecchini Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 55 yds, 2:16
147
SECOND QUARTERNEURI
FG03:24Mat Johnson 38 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 53 yds, 3:01
177
TD01:57Jimmy Hughes 32 Yd Pass From Derek Cassidy (Bryan Giannecchini Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 50 yds, 1:16
1714
TD00:13Shawn Leonard 4 Yd Pass From Derek Cassidy (Bryan Giannecchini Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 59 yds, 1:44
1721
THIRD QUARTERNEURI
TD08:56Anthony Orio 8 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 4:33
2421
TD00:42Derek Cassidy 2 Yd Run (Bryan Giannecchini Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yds, 2:17
2428
FOURTH QUARTERNEURI
TD12:09Anthony Ferrer 5 Yd Run (Bryan Giannecchini Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 29 yds, 1:27
2435
TD05:24Darryl Jones 26 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3035