The Robert Morris Colonials defeated the Lafayette Leopards 31-28 after placekicker Greg Langer kicked a 33-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to deliver the Colonials' first win on the year on homecoming weekend.
The game started off as uninspiring as it could when Robert Morris quarterback Jeff Sinclair forced a ball in coverage on the first drive for an interception in his own territory. Luckily for him, the Colonials defense answered with an interception of its own.
Staying with the momentum later in the first quarter, Colonials linebacker Mike Neilson recovered a fumble inside the ten for a touchdown and put Robert Morris up 7-0. After a 3-and-out for the Leopards, Sinclair put a drive together using both his feet and arm, eventually connecting on a 26-yard strike to Duane Mitchell extending the lead to 14.
Desperately needing a scoring drive, Lafayette did just that, using their often-forgotten run game to cut the lead in half.
Robert Morris took a 28-7 lead into halftime after a Marcelis Branch interception led to a Paul Evans touchdown reception.
The second half was the opposite of the first half - dominated by Lafayette. Using a methodical approach in the passing game and a solid running game led by Ross Scheuerman, Shoop found local product Mark Ross in the back of the end zone for a 12 yard strike.
Going into the fourth quarter, Robert Morris had a two touchdown lead, but not for long. Just five seconds into the quarter, Shoop found his man Ross off a tremendous adjustment in the corner of the end zone. Again, the Robert Morris offense was stifled by an aggressive Lafayette defense the next drive.
Giving what the Colonials defense was handing them, the Leopards drove down the field again against a tired Robert Morris defense. The end result was another touchdown pass, this time Rodney Gould was the recipient as the defense was eying Ross.
With under five minutes left and the Colonials offense desperately needing to sustain a drive, Sinclair looked for Mitchell on a third and long and delivered a perfect srike that was dropped.
With 2:22 remaining and the score tied, the Robert Morris offense took the field on their own 17. On second down, Sinclair came off a play action and threw a jump ball downfield to Donte Jeter, which he brought in to the Leopards 35 yard line.
After a Sinclair run put Robert Morris in field goal territory, Langer hit his 33-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining to give the Colonials a 31-28 lead and the win.
Check back with ColonialsCorner.com later for more coverage from Robert Morris' win