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Rhode Island Rams vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Predictions 10-12-2019


First-time starter Herndon Hooker engineered a 63-yard game-winning touchdown drive after Virginia Tech had botched a four-touchdown lead against Miami last week. Herndon shouldn't have as much pressure on him coming down the stretch this Saturday when struggling FCS opponent Rhode Island visits.

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Taking over for Ryan Willis (eight TDs, five interceptions), Hooker, a sophomore, completed 10-of-20 passes for 184 yards with three touchdowns while also rushing for 76 yards and a score. "I really just stayed at an even keel ... encouraging my teammates, telling them the game is not over and we've got to keep pushing," Hooker said of the final drive. "We've got to make progress and push the ball down the field and score. I'm prepared for anything. My teammates are, and we're just trying to get the win." Dalton Keene caught five passes for 73 yards and three scores and Deshawn McClease added 57 yards on 14 rushes, including a 3-yard TD run with three minutes left. Rhode Island recorded its first win of the season last week over Brown 31-28 to retain the Governor's Cup when Vito Priore found Aaron Parker for a 14-yard game-winning score with 5:43 remaining.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ACC Network. LINE: NL.

ABOUT RHODE ISLAND (1-4): Priore completed 31-of-44 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns to win Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week honors, accounting for all 63 yards in the game-winning drive. He ranks fourth in FCS in passing yards per game (343.4), 17th in passing touchdowns (12) and 25th in passing efficiency (149.2). Junior wide receiver Isaiah Coulter had 12 receptions, 171 yards and a score - his fourth of the season and personal-best third straight game with a TD reception - and Parker's game-winning touchdown was his 27th career touchdown catch - third most in school history.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (3-2): Keene, who entered the game with six receptions for 27 yards, is the first Virginia Tech player with three TD receptions since Cam Phillips against East Carolina on Sept. 16, 2017. The Hokies grabbed the 28-0 lead against Miami primarily due to forcing five first-half turnovers, including interceptions on the Hurricanes' first three possessions (Jermaine Waller had two), and sealed it when linebacker Alan Tisdale broke up a N'Kosi Perry pass on the game's final play. Virginia Tech's defense finished with nine tackles for a loss and a season-high seven sacks; Rayshard Ashby was named ACC Linebacker of the Week after recording 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack, while cornerback Caleb Farley also added two interceptions.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Virginia Tech last forced five turnovers in a half in 2010 in a 26-10 victory over North Carolina. The Hokies' forced four turnovers in the first quarter last week for the first time since 1998, also against Miami.

2. The Hokies have won 27 straight contests when holding foes to 21 points or fewer dating back to 2015.

3. The Rams haven't played a Power 5 school since being drubbed 55-6 by Kansas in 2016.

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Lane Stadium
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
Capacity: 66,233

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Last Injuries

Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Hendon Hooker

    Knee
    Ques Nov 2 | questionable

    Hooker left the previous game with a left knee injury, leaving his status unknown for Nov. 2 versus Notre Dame.

  • Caleb Farley

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 2 | questionable

    Farley left the last game with an undisclosed injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up versus Notre Dame on Oct. 2.

  • Tre Turner

    Lower Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Turner has missed the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, but he is likely to be available Saturday versus North Carolina.

  • Reggie Floyd

    Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Floyd is expected to miss the first half of Saturday's game against North Carolina due to a targeting suspension.

  • T.J. Jackson

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jackson has a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play against North Carolina on Saturday.

  • Dashawn Crawford

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Crawford is sidelined with a lower-body injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • T.J. Jackson

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jackson has a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Rhode Island.

  • Zachariah Hoyt

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hoyt has sat out the last four contests due to a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up versus Rhode Island on Saturday.

virginia-tech-hokies-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Willis 3 0 144.975 0 96 62 4 0 0 7 739
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Keshawn King 3 0 175 0 28 1
Deshawn McClease 3 0 120 0 41 0
Tre Turner 3 0 75 0 6 1
Ryan Willis 3 0 42 0 31 1
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 24 0 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 165 0 14 0 1
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 143 0 6 0 2
Tre Turner 3 0 138 0 12 0 1
Kaleb Smith 3 0 116 0 8 0 1
James Mitchell 3 0 52 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Chamarri Conner 3 0 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 3
Rayshard Ashby 3 0 12 15 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
Jermaine Waller 3 0 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 12 1
Divine Deablo 3 0 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Reggie Floyd 3 0 8 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Brian Johnson 3 0 2 4 35 11 11
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 3 0 29 64
Terius Wheatley 2 0 3 0 71 103
Deshawn McClease 3 0 1 0 18 18
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Deshawn McClease 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Willis 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
James Mitchell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kaleb Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Keshawn King 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Oscar Bradburn 3 0 0 651 0 69 13 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 3 0 7 10
Dashawn Crawford 3 0 1 0 1 1