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November 19, 2011

Game Day: RMU at Duquesne

Robert Morris (2-8, 2-5 NEC) at Duquesne (8-2, 6-1 NEC

Kickoff: Noon EST

Radio and TV: WPIT 730 AM, wpitam.com

Live Stats: Live stats available on the official Duquesne site.

Last Meeting: 34-11 Robert Morris

The Skinny: The rivalry game gets a different look, with sophomore QB Tyler Forbes starting for Robert Morris as the Colonials try to spoil Duquesne's title hopes.

RMU Hall of Famer Brian Cleary's X-Factor for Saturday
Score updates during the game. This is a must win game for Duquesne but they need a little help on Saturday. Duquesne sits tied in 1st place with Albany but Albany owns the tie-breaker so if Albany wins on Saturday, Albany wins the conference and will represent the NEC in the playoffs. Now if...and that's a big IF...Albany loses to Sacred Heart and the Dukes win, the Dukes win the conference and head to the playoffs. I would not be surprised one bit if the Albany vs. Sacred Heart score is announced during the entire game which will grab the attention of the Dukes. You will see reaction from the fans and you could see it some from the players as well especially in their play. What if RMU is ahead early in the game and so is Sacred Heart? The Dukes could start playing some desperate football which would be an advantage for the Colonials. So if you are at the game, pay attention to the overhead announcements throughout the game and watch the reactions. The Colonials need to only focus on the game and this game only so if the Colonials can sneak the Dukes a few times here and there...RMU might win their 1st away game at Duquesne since 1996.

For more on Cleary's take on the game, check out his preview by clicking this link

Safety Cameron Chadwick surprise leader in tackles for RMU
Even though they didn't lead the team in tackles, the Colonials have long had active safeties who are consistently around the football. It began with Thomas, but he's far from alone. Even Rommes, known as a linebacker, only moved there after making a physical impact at safety. And for the past few years, the Colonials had Michael Landers and Mike Richards.

"I didn't know much about them but I heard so many great things about them," Chadwick said of his predecessors. "Just being in that position, coming down and hitting, it did entice me. It did bring some interest and a little extra more in my heart to come in. It was awesome to come behind those guys and see how it's done."

Chadwick's journey from an option quarterback at Rancho Buena Vista High School near San Diego to hard-hitting free safety at Robert Morris is full of strange twists, stops and starts, and faith. As interesting of a journey as it's been, there's little doubt Chadwick feels at home.

"It's been awesome. It's been a journey and something that I've learned a lot from," he said. "It's awesome that I have a great coaching staff to work with."

For more on Chadwick, check out the feature story here

Quotable: Safety Cameron Chadwick
"No one here likes Duquesne," Chadwick said with a laugh. "I knew that coming in, because I've heard about Duquesne from a couple friends from my JC. One actually went there. So it kind of inspired me more because everyone has such a passion against this team, so it's kind of lit the fire in my heart a little bit more."



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