Albany (N.Y.) roughs up Robert Morris
College Football Videos
For the second time in as many games, Robert Morris found itself scrounging for offense without suspended quarterback Jeff Sinclair, who will return to the Colonials' lineup next week, according to coach Joe Walton.
With sophomore backup Matt Layman at the controls, Robert Morris scored its first touchdown of the season Saturday against Albany (N.Y.), but it wasn't nearly enough in a 35-10 loss at Joe Walton Stadium.
“They got out to a big lead on us. It was tough,” Walton said.
Will Fiacchi threw three touchdown passes to Cole King and finished 17 for 21 for 208 yards passing to lead Albany (2-0, 1-0), which led at halftime, 21-3.
Robert Morris (0-2, 0-1), after being shutout, 52-0, last week against Division I FCS defending champion North Dakota State, wasn't a lot better in its Northeast Conference opener.
“We've played two good football teams in a row,” Walton said. “At least we played a little better today.”
Walton said Sinclair, suspended in mid-June for an unspecified violation of team rules, will be the starter next Saturday at Dayton.
“He's our starting quarterback,” Walton said of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior from Highlands High School. “He's a threat to run the ball and throw it. He'll be with the first team when we resume practicing.”
Robert Morris took a short-lived, 3-0 lead Saturday on Greg Langer's career-high 49-yard field goal, the Colonials' longest kick in 12 seasons. The school record is 55 yards by Jeff Carlo against Division III Buffalo State in 2000.
Langer, a Pine-Richland product, has connected on a school-record nine straight field goals dating to last season, including six of at least 36 yards.
Albany, playing in its final season in the NEC before joining the Colonial Athletic Association, went in front for good on Fiacchi's first scoring pass to King, a 40-yard strike with 9:43 left in the first quarter.
Fiacchi's 6-yard touchdown run 5 1⁄2 minutes later pushed the Albany lead to 14-3 before Fiacchi found King, who had five receptions for 124 yards, on a 9-yard scoring pass for the only scoring of the second quarter and gave the Great Danes their 18-point halftime cushion.
Fiacchi's third TD pass to King, a 41-yarder, just 1:01 into the second half made the score 28-3 before Layman found Donte Jeter for 20-yard touchdown pass to account for Robert Morris' other score.
Drew Smith's 2-yard TD run for Albany with 3:31 remaining capped the scoring.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-380-5617.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.