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September 8, 2012

Albany thumps RMU in home opener

The Robert Morris Colonials opened the Northeast Conference schedule with a tough task, facing last years conference co-champion Albany at Joe Walton Stadium.

Robert Morris opened the game with the ball and, unlike last week's 52-0 loss to North Dakota State, put a scoring drive together due to a nice third down run from Ryan Thermil. After a few drops, kicker Greg Langer booted a 49 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

The bright spots for Robert Morris ended there, as Albany scored the next 28 en route to a 35-10 victory.

Albany took the lead at the 9:43 mark when sophomore quarterback Will Fiacchi, making his second career start, connected with Cole King for a 40 yard Touchdown pass, a reoccurring theme on the day.

After a Colonials three-and-out, Fiacchi marched the offense down the field again using swing passes and a solid running game. Fiacchi capped off the touchdown drive with a five yard run. The following drive, Fiacchi again found Cole nine yards out and extended the lead to 21-3.

To start the half, needing a score and a stop, the Colonials special teams gave up a big return and just 1:01 into the second half, Fiacchi found Cole for a 41 yard strike, essentially ending the game.

Fiacchi finished the game 17-of-21 with 208 yards and three touchdowns, all to Cole, who had five receptions for 124 yards.

Robert Morris' first touchdown of the year came on their second drive in the third quarter. After finally reeling off some nice runs from fullback Nick Groat and tailback Evan Taylor (14 carries, 60 yards), Matt Layman connected with wide out Donte Jeter on 4th and 6 on their own 20 for a touchdown.

Jeter had two receptions for 31 yards, and Layman was 12-25 with 121 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Coach Joe Walton stated that senior Jeff Sinclair will return from his two game suspension and will resume the starting quarterback role, sending Layman back into a reserve role.

Of course, the entire burden does not lie on Laymans shoulders. The offensive line was inconsistent, giving up five sacks, and Layman was hurt by a multitude of drops.

"We just got to execute better. I think we've made a lot of mental mistakes so far. We need better route running and to catch everything thrown towards us," Jeter said.

Overall, Walton said he saw some improvement, noting Albany is "a good football team."

"Everybody played harder the whole game compared to last week, that's for sure. They got out to a big lead on us and it was tough, but we still tried to establish some running game and we know what we've got to do to get better. It's a work in process," Walton said.

Robert Morris will look for their first win of the season next week at Dayton.

Check back with ColonialsCorner for more coverage from Saturday's 35-10 loss to Albany

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