Bryant Rains on Colonials Homecoming 20-13
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 26th, 2009
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Some much needed rain made its way into the Pittsburgh area Saturday afternoon, not to the liking of the homecoming crowd at Joe Walton Stadium as the Robert Morris Colonials (0-3) played host to the Bryant Bulldogs (1-1).
The Colonials were looking for their first victory of their 2009 campaign and avoid their first (0-4) start in the team’s 16 year history. In the first three weeks of play, RMU is a few plays off of being (3-0) but tough losses to VMI (14-13), Bucknell (26-23), and just last week a 21-14 loss to the Flyers of Dayton.
Bryant came into Moon Township for their inaugural game as a member of the Northeast Conference they are in their second year of a four-year reclassification from Division II to Division I.
It looked good for the Colonials at the start when Camdin Crouse made the best of a recovered fumble and capped off a four play 25-yard drive to give RMU the lead. They would extend that lead late in the 1st when kicker Garrett Clawson connected from 37-yards out.
Bryant would only light up the scoreboard once in the first half, when quarterback Croce Michael found Khalel Pritchard in the back of the endzone from 9-yards out.
Robert Morris went into the locker room with a 10-7; the Colonials were 74-7 with the lead going into the half before this afternoon.
Things would start to go the way of the Bulldogs in the third after two Chris Bird field goals from 28 and 21-yards respectfully, Bryant would put one in the end zone when Croce (14 of 25 for 182 yards and 2 TD’s) found Mike Canfora on an 11-yard strike, making it 20-10.
RMU would attempt to mount a comeback with 5:38 to go in regulation, as Clawson connected on a 29 yard field goal putting the Colonials within seven.
Bryant would try and put the game away going for a fourth down and inches, but the Colonial defense who was on the field for much of the second half held strong, giving the home squad one last opportunity to tie the game. That opportunity would stall when Bryant picked off a pass with just second remaining to seal the deal.
For the fourth time this season the Colonials found themselves on the short end of a close one this time falling to the Bulldogs 20-13. In the four losses Robert Morris, has lost by a combined 18 points.
Robert Morris (0-4 – 0-1) dropped its first Northeast Conference game of ’09, while Bryant (2-1 – 1-0) got there first victory in the NEC in the school history. It doesn’t get any easier for the Colonials as they will make the 17 mile drive to face cross city rival Duquesne (1-3) next Saturday.
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