Coming off their thrilling 13-10 victory over Dayton last week at home, the Robert Morris Colonials (1-0) face their first road challenge Saturday, Sept 9 at Stambaugh Stadium against Youngstown State (0-1). The Penguins are sixth in the FCS Coaches Poll this week, and eighth in the STATS, Inc. FCS Rankings.
For the Blue, White, and Red, the game-winning fourth-quarter drive against Dayton by Jimmy Walker was the team’s first since Oct. 2015 when Tyler Brown led RMU to a 9-6 triumph versus the Wagner College Seahawks.
After missing all of 2016 to injury, Cole Blake looked good making his way through the Flyers defense as he ran the ball 16 times for 69-yards. The redshirt junior owns 986 career rushing yards and is 14 yards away from putting up 1,000 for the Colonials.
Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak talked about Nick Bisceglia on the school’s website after his field goal with four seconds left allowed the team to claim the win, “Nick is a tremendous young man and we knew he was a good kicker in high school at Kiski. He was the only kid we recruited at that position, for him to come into his first game his freshmen year, to have his teammates lift him up onto their shoulders, it’s pretty special.”
The Penguins put up 418 yards of total offense to Pitt’s 318 in their 28-21 overtime defeat last week at Heinz Field. One member of the Red and Black to keep an eye on is Christian Turner, a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio. He recorded five receptions for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding 32 rushing yards on three carries.
YSU head coach Bo Pelini spoke with Greg Gulas at vindy.com about his squad showing character in the loss to the Panthers, “You appreciate that aspect of it. There were some good things and some positives, but a lot of things that we need to get fixed and tighten down on. Across the board you learn things about how guys are going to react when the lights come on. It gives you a starting point to build on and we’ll do that. That’s our challenge as we go through the season — to keep getting better, find the things that we need to get fixed, get them fixed and keep progressing to become a better football team. That’s the challenge we have in front of us this week.”
Here is your GameDay breakdown for Saturday afternoon’s meeting:
When: Saturday, Sept. 9
Kick Off: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Stambaugh Stadium
Playing Surface: SprinTurf
Ticket Information: YSU Athletic Ticket Office
Series Began 2015 – Youngstown State Leads 2-0
Last Meeting Was Saturday, Sept 17, 2016 – Penguins Win 38-6
Radio: ESPN 970 AM / WBGG 106.3 FM
Announcers: Chris Shovlin and Brian Cleary
Online Streaming: ESPN3 / Watch ESPN
Announcers: Jim Campbell and Drae Smith
Youngstown State Live Stats: YSUsports.com
Odds: Per the stat mongers at 5dimeslines.com, Youngstown State is -31. My Prediction: RMU’s defense prevails for a 21-20 win.
Weather Channel Online Forecast: Partly cloudy with a daytime high of 65. Chance of rain is zero percent. Winds out of the north to northeast at eight to nine mph.
Next Up: Robert Morris returns to Joe Walton Stadium Saturday, Sept 16 to battle the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute (0-1). This match gets underway at 3:00 p.m.
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