The University of Rhode Island football team finally celebrated victory Saturday with its 13-7 season-ending victory over Towson at Meade Stadium. URI also snapped its 15-game losing streak, avoided its second winless season in the last three and gave Jim Fleming his first triumph as head coach in Kingston. The Rams finished their 12th consecutive losing season with a 1-11 record, 1-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Justin Favreau’s 8-yard touchdown reception and Dylan Smith’s field goals of 44 yards and 41 yards were all the scoring the Rams mustered against Towson (4-8, 2-6). Favreau is a senior from South Kingstown. URI senior Lyle McCombs rushed for 137 yards, his third consecutive 100-yard game after missing half the season with an injury.
The state’s other Division I football teams posted mixed results in their season finales. Brown overwhelmed Columbia, 41-7, at Brown Stadium and finished 5-5, 3-4 in the Ivy League. Columbia ended 0-10, 0-8.
Brown quarterback Marcus Fuller passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Seth Rosenbauer ran for two touchdowns and tailback Robert Grebenc rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in his final collegiate game.
Bryant suffered a 23-20 loss at home to Wagner and concluded one of its best seasons with an 8-3, 4-2 record and third place in the Northeast Conference. Wagner (7-4, 5-1) grabbed a share of the conference title, but Sacred Heart had already claimed the NEC’s automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision tournament with its victory over Bryant on Nov. 15.
Brandon Peoples scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run with 44 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Bryant quarterback Dalton Easton threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted four times. The Bulldogs rushed for only 57 yards.