Three takeaways from Robert Morris’ blowout loss to NC A&T


Tyler Gallo

Colby Sherwin offers his takeaways from RMU’s loss to North Carolina A&T.

Colby Sherwin

GREENSBORO, N.C.– After getting their first win of the season over Howard, the Colonials were looking for their first win as members of the Big South. That will have to wait another week as they were blown out 41-14 by the North Carolina A&T Aggies. The score does not tell the whole story, as it was 27-14 to start the fourth quarter.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The offense needs a lot of work. After a strong performance against the Bison, they almost looked lost during their drives this week. RMU struggled to move the ball with only 54 rushing yards as compared to Alijah Jackson eclipsing the century mark in the prior game. It was a long day for RMU, they couldn’t get anything going. If they are going to win on homecoming, they are going to need a lot more from the offense and to come out similarly to the Howard game.

They let George cook… but at what cost?

They finally let George cook! After last week, it looked as if this coaching staff didn’t trust George Martin in the passing game, but this week, they did. That being said, there has to be a balance. If they rely too much on Martin, teams will just blitz and make life hard for the senior. If they go too much with the run, teams will stack the box.

A happy medium between the run-heavy game we saw at Howard and the passing-first game we saw this week is key against Charleston Southern. Obviously, there is going to be growing pains after the stop-and-start season in 2020 and not seeing several teams in their conference, but the schedule isn’t as forgiving going forward.

This season is Chaos

This could be a long campaign for the Colonials. If RMU continues to fail to cash in scoring opportunities or go into these cold streaks and allow points on the other side, this team could be in a for a long season, and not only against teams such as Kennesaw State or Monmouth, even teams like Hampton or North Alabama. This team has to find a way to get back on track and bounce back after a hard one.

They found a way to snap back after they were boat raced by Central Michigan in their season opener, but it’s hard for me to expect a similar result after watching them fall flat in Greensboro.

However, the best medicine for a bounce-back is a win in front of the hometown fans. The Colonials will be back at Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for their Homecoming game against Charleston Southern.