This past Saturday, September 1st, the Robert Morris University football team opened their 2012 season at Fargo, North Dakota.Unfortunately, the Colonials had a tough match when the national champs defeated RMU, 52-0.
The last time that Robert Morris and North Dakota State met was in the opening round of the 2010 FCS playoffs. That was also a disappointing game for the Colonials who were defeated, 43-17. During last weekend's game the RMU football team had to compete in front of 18,769 people, which was the biggest crowd that they had to play in front of. The attendance level was a huge factor for the Bobby Mo team because they are not used to the large crowd nor the noise level in the dome.
On the other side of the issue, Robert Morris did not have their starting Quarterback, Jeff Sinclair, due to a two game suspension. Matt Layman, sophomore, had to start against the 2011 NCAA football Championship Subdivision champs. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game due to injury in the third quarter. Layman completed 10 out of 21 attempts for 66 yards. His first start was against Wagner last season but it was Layman's first huge start and his second start this past weekend against North Dakota Sate.
It was not a lovely game to watch and the scoreboard was extremely disappointing for Robert Morris fans. Not having any points on the scoreboard, missing field goals, tackles, and not even reaching the 20-yard line in possession was absolutely absurd.
When comparing the team stats, it's very hard deal with if you're a Colonial fan like myself. Robert Morris only had five 1st downs meanwhile, NDSU had 23. The Bisons' had a total of 495 yards and RMU only had a total of 88 yards.
Next week, I hope the outcome will be a lot different when Robert Morris takes on another challenge against the defending Northeast Conference champions, Albany. Overall, the Colonials have home field advantage and it is also their home opener at Joe Walton Stadium. They'll improve their game but they need to pull out a lot of magic this season if they want to have a decent year.