With another big game coming up for Coach Clark and the Robert Morris Colonials, we take a look into the matchup between the Colonials and LIU. The past three games RMU has pulled out victories putting them at a 4-4 record overall (3-0 in the NEC.) Last week’s win marked the largest comeback since 2010 against Sacred Heart in the NEC opener. Coach Clark seems to be implementing his style and culture on these colonials seeing is they are 3-0 in conference play for the first time in nearly ten years.
Trap game possibility
This year marks the first year the LIU Sharks are competing at the FCS level, and so far, it has not been kind to them posting a 0-7 record on the season. The Colonials should not take this game lightly if they do this has trap game written all over it. I’m sure Coach Clark and the rest of the staff are preaching the same things during practice this week.
RMU’s running game
It’s no secret this team has a run-first mentality with the QB only attempting 120 passes all season. Last week’s starter Terrance Stephens rushed for 101 yards on 27 attempts (3.7 yards per rush.) I suspect he will be playing this Saturday as well over Alijah Jackson, who has been there bell-cow averaging 5.5 yards per rush. Jackson’s status for this game has yet to be determined, so stay tuned.
Big play capability
Last week against Bryant, RMU had two huge plays that resulted in not only momentum changes but physically scoring on both occasions as well. The first of the two plays came on special teams where we saw Bryant’s punter Gavin Rowley fumble the snap, which leads to Jacob Thomas scooping the ball up and scoring, which put the team up 17-13. The next play sealed the deal for RMU. Bryant had taken the lead back 20-17, and on the ensuing drive for the Colonials, we saw QB George martin throw a laser to wideout Garrett Houser, and 71 yards later, they got the lead 24-20, and it stayed that way. Expect the same type of performance against the Lowly sharks of LIU
Defense wins you games
Last week we saw star DB Aniello Buzzaco share defensive player of the week honors with a career-high 18 tackles (7 solo.) That entire defense held Bryant to only 293 yards of total offense on 3.4 yards per play, which is the second consecutive week the Colonials help the opposing offense to under 300 yards overall. Going against an LIU offense that only averages 53.6 rushing yards and 153.0 passing per game, it’s incredibly possible they could make that three weeks in a row.
Keys to victory
Come to play, don’t take this wineless team lightly.
Run the ball down their throat early and often regardless of who is in at RB. (LIU opponents rushing yards per game is 132.7)
Maintain that physical defensive presence.
Get a couple of splash plays early to knock their confidence even lower than it is.
At Joe Walton Stadium on November 2nd, we should see the Colonials take their record to above .500 and look to take down their rivals in Pennsylvania, the Dukes of Duquesne. If the Colonials maintain their focus and play, Coach Clark’s football, victory bell should ring in Moon Township.