PREVIEW: After a month hiatus, Colonials are back against Owls

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Football travels to Kennesaw State for a test with the conference powerhouse Owls. Photo Credit: David Auth

By Ethan Morrison, Assistant Sports Editor

KENNESAW, Ga.– After a long month off, Robert Morris (0-1) kicks off their Big South schedule against Kennesaw State (3-0, 1-0 Big South) Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

Recapping the Colonials

The Colonials have only played one game on their shortened spring schedule as they fell to the James Madison Dukes by a score of 36-16 all the way back on February 27. George Martin went 15/20 for 165 yards and running back Alijah Jackson rushed for 49 yards on 25 attempts good for just about two yards per carry. RMU was also strong on the defensive side of the ball, coming away with three interceptions and two sacks on the afternoon.

After the contest against the Dukes, Robert Morris was set to kick off Big South competition until conference games against Monmouth and Charleston Southern were postponed to a later date.

Scouting the Owls

Kennesaw State has been a “hoot” in the Big South Conference over the past few seasons and is looking to make it four straight conference titles this season. Currently, KSU is undefeated winning all three contests most recently a 37-27 win over Dixie State on March 20. The Owls would have their best start in school history if they are able to defeat the Colonials on Saturday.

Players To Watch

Alijah Jackson (RB, RMU) – The redshirt junior is looking to improve upon his performance against James Madison a month ago, where he rushed for just 49 yards and averaged two yards-per-carry. Jackson’s run game has to be more effective if the Colonials want to compete with the Owls.

The Defense (RMU) – One way to stop a good offensive attack is to have a solid defense, and RMU has a solid one indeed. Against one of the top teams in the nation, Robert Morris forced three interceptions almost taking two to the house for a pick-six along with two sacks against James Madison. They will have to once again have a stout defensive performance this weekend against Kennesaw State.

Kyle Glover (RB, KSU) – Glover is leading the Owls in rushing yards on the season with 194 yards. He is averaging 5.2 yards-per-carry with two touchdowns. Glover looks to keep running downhill against the Colonials.

Tommy Bryant (RB, KSU) – Kennesaw State definitely goes by the philosophy of having a running back by-committee as four different players are rushing for over 100 yards on the season. The Owl’s biggest red-zone threat is Tommy Bryant. Bryant currently is second in rushing with 183 yards and he leads the team in touchdowns with five. The Colonials will have to be wary of Bryant when he steps onto the turf as he will be tough to stop.

Prediction

With the way that Kennesaw State has been playing throughout this entire season, and the lack of in-game action that the Colonials have had for the past month, it will be a tough hill to climb this weekend but I believe Robert Morris will keep this game close throughout but fall to the Owls 35-21.