Today’s Game Notre Dame (1-1) vs. Robert Morris (0-2)
Robert Morris Defense
Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Noon Joe Walton Stadium (3,000) - Moon Township, Pa. Radio: 970 ESPN (Chris Shovlin - play-by-play & Brian Cleary - color) Video: www.RMUColonials.com The Robert Morris University football team returns home to Joe Walton Stadium this afternoon to host Notre Dame College of Ohio as part of its annual Homecoming festivities. The meeting marks the first in the all-time series between the two programs. The Colonials enter today’s game against the Falcons coming off a 21-14 overtime loss @ No. 17 Youngstown State (9/12). The Penguins were able to take their first lead of the contest on their first possession in the extra period, as Hunter Wells connected with I’Tavious Harvin for a two-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. The YSU defense held firm on RMU’s final possession, as freshman quarterback Mathew Barr was sacked on the final play of the game to give the Penguins the win. Playing in a steady rain the entire game, the Robert Morris defense held a Youngstown State offense in check just a week after it scored 37 points and accumulated over 400 yards of total offense against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Pittsburgh. Redshirt senior linebacker Mike Stojkovic led the defensive effort by compiling 11 tackles, including one and-a-half tackles for loss, while forcing a fumble and recording a pass breakup. For his efforts, Stojkovic was selected as the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Week. The honor for Stojkovic marks the second time in as many weeks to open the year a student-athlete from Robert Morris was bestowed the NEC’s weekly defensive honor. Sophomore defensive back Ryan Richards, Jr., earned the award after the first week of action thanks to a pair of interceptions and six tackles in RMU’s season opener against Dayton (9/5). Richards, Jr., chipped in eight tackles for the Colonials against Youngstown State, while sophomore defensive back Drew Allen contributed seven stops, tying a career high. Also recording seven tackles for RMU against the Penguins was junior weak safety Andy Smigiera.
When the Falcons have the ball …
On offense against Youngstown State, sophomore running back Rameses Owens rushed for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 41-yard touchdown scamper on RMU’s first play from scrimmage that gave the Colonials an early 7-0 lead. The score marked the longest rush for Owens in his career. He also added a 10-yard touchdown run with 13:25 to play that gave Robert Morris a 14-7 advantage. Through the first two games of the 2015 campaign, Owens has rushed for 224 yards on 58 attempts, an average of 3.9 yards per carry. Barr finished 2-for-11 passing for 16 yards and an interception against Youngstown State, but his 13-yard completion to redshirt sophomore Jordan Blackmon in overtime helped keep the chains moving for Robert Morris. Through the first two games of the season, Barr has completed 16 of his 45 passing attempts for 172 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame is coming off a 42-0 victory over Virginia-Wise (9/12) and owns an overall record of 1-1. The win over the Cavaliers marked the first shutout in program history. The Notre Dame football program was instituted in 2009 and became a charter member of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in 2013.
DE 92 Ryan Lewis (6-5, 280, Jr.) DT 53 Zack Zamiska (6-5, 285, R-So.) DE 90 Forrest Mason (6-3, 280, R-Sr.) OLB 31 Jimmy Masson (6-0, 200, Jr.) ILB 58 Jake Tkach (6-0, 235, R-Sr.) ILB 11 Mike Stojkovic (6-3, 240, R-Sr.) OLB 15 Kimani Smith (6-3, 220, R-Jr.) CB 5 Marcelis Branch (5-11, 190, R-Jr.) SS 21 Ryan Richards, Jr. (6-1, 200, So.) WS 18 Andy Smigiera (6-1, 205, Jr.) CB 16 Drew Allen (6-1, 185, So.) P 48 Adam Check (6-1, 185, Fr.) Notre Dame Offense
WR 19 C.J. Germany (5-11, 180, Sr.) John Cole (6-0, 280, So.) LT 68 LG 63 Tyler Butler (6-6, 315, Jr.) C 59 Justin Adamson (6-3, 285, Jr.) RG 56 Michael Koch (6-3, 270, Jr.) RT 71 Michael Busse (6-4, 285, So.) Kyle Perkins (6-2, 190, Sr.) TE 84 QB 6 Malik Grove (6-0, 185, So.) RB 30 Alex Torgerson (5-9, 195, Sr.) H 1 Emmanuel Smith (5-8, 170, So.) WR 17 Mitchell Shegos (6-2, 200, So.) PK 41 Kyle Kaplan (6-1, 195, Jr.)
When the Colonials have the ball … Notre Dame Defense
DE 50 Sha’haun Williams (6-3, 235, So.) DT 91 Jonah Harper (6-0, 260, So.) DT 55 Jalon Avent (6-3, 280, So.) DE 96 Claudy Mathieu (6-6, 250, So.) LB 47 Jake Chestnut (6-2, 220, Jr.) LB 10 Zach Chatlain (6-3, 220, Sr.) CB 24 Cedric Hill (6-3, 200, Sr.) FS 23 George Berry (5-10, 185, Sr.) SS 26 Onslow Williams (5-10, 225, Sr.) S 2 Marlon Oden (5-11, 200, Sr.) CB 4 Aykee Henderson (6-0, 225, Sr.) P 82 Anton Vrebac (6-6, 200, Fr.) ROBERT MORRIS Offense
Referee – Brian McGrath Umpire – Todd Rombach Linesman – Mark Brunkel Line Judge – David Coughlin Field Judge – Rohann Vidal Side Judge – Chuck Drury Back Judge – Joe Kehnast Clock Operator – Daniel Carr Play Clock – John Piuri
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WR 82 Zach Walker (6-0, 200, R-Fr.) LT 77 Max Robertson (6-4, 325, Sr.) LG 76 Blake Chambliss (6-5, 300, R-So.) C 68 Nick Faraci (6-3, 290, R-Sr.) RG 72 Josh Thiel (6-3, 300, R-Jr.) RT 66 Mike Lamb (6-6, 345, R-Fr.) TE 17 Luke Centofanti (6-0, 195, R-Jr.) QB 2 Mathew Barr (6-4, 210, Fr.) RB 32 Rameses Owens (6-2, 230, So.) WR 23 Kyle Buss (5-11, 185, R-Fr.) WR 87 Jordan Blackmon (6-0, 170, R-So.) PK 47 Connor Shennan (6-1, 205, Jr.)
In just eight career starts, sophomore running back Rameses Owens has surpassed 150 yards rushing on three occasions.
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Independence Day Magazine (Sept. 19, 2015)