Courtesy of Robert Morris Athletics
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.
- Myles Russ ran for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jeff Sinclair threw for a score and ran for two more as Robert Morris stayed perfect in Northeast Conference play with a 34-11 win over Duquesne at Joe Walton Stadium.
The Colonials outgained the Dukes 355-191 in upping their record to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the NEC. DU dropped to 5-4 over and 3-3 in conference play.
Larry McCoy ran for 81 yards for the Duquesne.
The Dukes got on the board first when Eric Duale drilled a 34-yard field goal into a headwind with 3:57 left in the first quarter. The Dukes gained possession when Serge Kona stripped Russ of the ball and Horvin Latimer recovered at the DU 47.
RMU took advantage of a 19-yard Duquesne punt to take a 7-3 lead on a nine-yard run by Sinclair.
DU drove to the Robert Morris 27, but a 45-yard field goal attempt by Duale sailed wide right.
The Colonials broke the game open with pair of touchdowns in the final 2:28 of the first half. Sinclair scrambled for a five-yard score to cap a 10 play, 73 yard drive. RMU then forced a DU punt and two plays later Sinclair found Shadrae King with a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-3 with 21 seconds left in the half.
RMU outgained the Dukes 156 to 23 in the second quarter.
Duquesne forced punts on RMU’s first two possessions of he second half but did not come away with any points as a 29 yard Duale field goal attempt was again wide right.
Russ made it four consecutive touchdowns for RMU when he punched it in from six yards out to make it 27-6 with 13:31 to go. Russ became RMU’s all-time leading rusher on the play.
The Dukes scored their lone touchdown when Sean Bunevich made a one-handed, four-yard catch of a Patterson pass on 4th-and-2 with just under 10 minutes left. Dave Williams caught a two-point conversion pass to make it 27-11.
Russ closed out the scoring with a 6-yard run with 3:21 left to cap six-plus minute drive.
Nathan Totino led the Dukes with 11 tackles. Alex DiMichele led RMU with a game-high 13 stops.
Duquesne is idle next weekend, before returning to action for the final home game of the season on Nov. 13 against Saint Francis, Pa.