Harvard limited the Bears to nine rushing yards in the first half and scored a pick-six.
Senior cornerback Raishaun McGhee looks to bring down Rhode Island sophomore wide receiver Aaron Parker. While the Crimson held the Rams to just 17 points on the afternoon, Harvard was only able to muster a touchdown and field goal in its 17-10 loss, its first defeat in a season opener since 2011.
Defensive back Ben Abercrombie suffered the injury on Saturday in a game at Rhode Island.
The Crimson came into the season’s inaugural matchup with history on its side. Not only had Harvard never lost to the Rams, but also the Crimson had won the past two matchups by at least 30 points.