Rhode Island Rams

W&M shuts out Rhode Island, moves to 3-1

Challenges await in a severely back-loaded schedule, but William and Mary’s first three weeks of 2013 were promising, particularly on defense.

The Tribe had answers for everything Rhode Island tried and stuffed the Rams 20-0 on a soggy Saturday night at Zable Stadium.

“I think it was pretty obvious that the story of the game was our defensive play,” Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said. “That was outstanding defense. Any time you take on a CAA opponent and shut them out, I think that’s quite an accomplishment.”

Laycock was an infant the last time the Tribe had a similar defensive stretch to start a season. The 1948 Dixie Bowl team,...