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On Saturday, November 17th, the Robert Morris football team had their last game of the 2012 season at Joe Walton Stadium. RMU made a comeback from a 17-0 deficit at the half. Unfortunately, they lost the game within seconds left in the fourth quarter and had a final score of 26-21 to end this year's football season. It was an emotional afternoon game for the seniors as well as for Joe Walton. There were 18 seniors who were recognized for the last time as a Robert Morris Colonial.

One senior who had one of his best games ever, quarterback, Jeff Sinclair, completed 21 completions on 34 attempts, had 268 yards, and two touchdowns without an interception. Throughout his four years as a Colonial quarterback, Sinclair had a career-high of 322 total yards of offense. Jeff Sinclair moved his team down the field and made the game a tough one for the Monmouth Hawks. There was only a minute left in regulation when Sinclair found DJ Hayes, freshman, for 16 yards. Robert Morris almost took the lead when there was a penalty (illegal forward pass) and the ball was moved back to the 12-yard line, that would be the Colonials last possession of the season.

Sophomore WR Duane Mitchell had both touchdowns for 116 yards. Mitchell had a career-best of 116 receiving yards and marked his longest catch of his career (44-yard catch). As for PK senior Greg Langer, he finished his career as Robert Morris' all-time leader in field goal percentage. Another senior, Nolan Nearhoof, defensive lineman had 10.2 sacks, a career-best and had a total of 213 career tackles.

Monmouth had 418 total yards of offense meanwhile Robert Morris had a total of 440 yards of offense. The Colonials ended their football season with a record of 4-7.

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