Three takeaways from Robert Morris’ loss at Monmouth


George Martin drops back for a pass against Monmouth. Photo credit: Jonathan Hanna

Jonathan Hanna

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.– In their penultimate game of the season, the Robert Morris Colonials were thrashed by the Monmouth Hawks 44-7.

Road Woes Continue

Although the Colonials have had a strong performance at Joe Walton Stadium this season, going 3-1 with their finale against Campbell next weekend; the exact opposite has been true on the road. This season, the Colonials have been outscored 69-200 when not inside the “Joe”.

Adding insult to injury, the Colonials have not won a game away from home since an Oct 19, 2019 matchup against Wagner, where the Colonials won 21-13 in Staten Island, New York.

This continued this weekend when Monmouth trounced them by 34 points.

One-Dimensional Offense

Although the offense had almost nothing going against Monmouth, a season-long storyline with the Colonials has been the abysmal rushing attack.

Against Monmouth, the Colonials rushed 16 times for a total of 37 yards. On the season, the Colonials are averaging 79.3 yards on the ground per game; last in the Big South by 30 yards per game, and 119th out of 123 FCS teams.

They sit ahead of only Western Illinois, Lehigh, Georgetown and Houston Baptist.

Diverse Passing Attack

For the Hawks, through the air was where most of the damage was done, barring a 75-yard touchdown scamper by Jaden Shirden to put Monmouth on the board.

Sophomore play-caller Tony Muskett went 17/25 for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns; with each scoring pass going to a different receiver.

The Colonials return to Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday as they host Campbell to close out their 2021 season.