RMU Colonials Preview: Ready To Win At Homecoming


There is excitement on the campus of Robert Morris University. It is Homecoming Saturday, and Joe Walton Stadium will see football action as the RMU Colonials face the Notre Dame College (OH) Falcons at 3:00 p.m.

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John Banaszak‘s Colonials (0-2) are coming off a tough 21-14 loss on the road against the nationally-ranked Youngstown State Penguins. Robert Morris took the ‘Guins into overtime last week at Stambaugh Stadium.

On a rainy night in Youngstown, sophomore Rameses Owens led the ground attack for the RMU offense. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back had 152 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. It was the first multi-touchdown game of his career. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native got things started with a 41 yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Once again a member of the Colonial defense racked up a weekly award. The Northeast Conference chose redshirt senior captain Mike Stojkovic Monday as their Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against YSU. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound inside linebacker recorded 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. It was the second consecutive contest in which the native of Katy, Texas reached double figures in tackles and forced a fumble.

Robert Morris junior outside linebacker Jimmy Masson and redshirt senior defensive end Forrest Mason each had a sack over the course of the evening.

When: Saturday, Sept 19

Kick Off: 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Joe Walton Stadium

Playing Surface: Field Turf

Colonials Ticket Information: RMUTickets.com

All-Time Series: First Meeting

Radio And Streaming Audio: ESPN 970 AM – WBGG

Announcers: Chris Shovlin and Brian Cleary

Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row

RMU Live Stats: Sidearm Sports

RMU Social Media – Twitter/Facebook: @RMUAthletics or @RobertMorrisFB1 / Robert Morris University Athletics

Odds: RMU -8 according to the 5 Dimes Online Sportsbook with the over/under at 54.

Weather Channel Online Forecast: Partly cloudy skies in the morning with heavy thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High of 87. Chance of rain is 80%. Winds out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

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    Freshman D.J. Greene had a good day against the Cavaliers. The 6-foot, 205-pound tailback from Willoughby, Ohio gathered 93 yards on 25 carries and added two touchdowns.

    Sophomore Emmanuel Smith hauled in a 29 yard touchdown at 5:37 of the third quarter against NDC. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound wide receiver had eight catches for 71 yards.

    Senior cornerback Aykee Henderson returned his first quarter interception 40 yards for a touchdown against the Cavaliers. The 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back had six solo tackles on the afternoon.

    My Prediction: I forecast the Colonials offense, despite the weather report, finding its stride at home. RMU claims a 38-7 victory against the NDC Falcons.

    Up Next: The Colonials head to Brookings, South Dakota Saturday, Sept. 26. RMU clashes with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University. The contest at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium starts at 6 p.m. ET.

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