Valley City, N.D. – The 22nd ranked Robert Morris Football team was upset by Valley City State University by a score of 21-20 on Saturday, November 3rd. The loss dropped the Eagles record to 8-2 on the season.
Things looked promising early on for the Eagles as they jumped out to 6-0 lead with seven minutes left in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Westerkamp to Deshawn Weaver. Unfortunately Trae Berndt’s extra point was no good. Westerkamp put the Eagles up 13-0 on a one-yard run with 1:48 to go in the opening quarter and Berndt connected on the point after.
The Eagles extended the lead to 20-0 with 6:41 left in the first half when running back sensation Lamont Wims broke free for a 23-yard touchdown scamper. RMU held this lead going into the half.
The third quarter was not kind to the Eagles, as Valley City State opened the quarter with an eight play drive that resulted in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Zinke to Colby Lum to cut the RMU lead to 20-7. Six minutes later the Vikings connected on another Zinke touchdown pass, this time to Ken Eliacin for 11 yards to trim the lead to 20-14. Unfortunately the Vikings were not done as Taylor Cino capped off a 10 play drive with a two-yard TD run to give Valley City State a 21-20 lead.
The RMU offense got the ball back on their own 45-yard line with 45 seconds to play with one last chance to regain the lead. Facing a third and ten situation, Westerkamp hit Michael Carev on a 17-yard completion for a first down and then hit Sean Zingshiem for another 30 yards on the next play to bring the Eagles down to the Viking eight-yard line with seconds to play. The RMU offense lined up for the game winning field goal but Trae Berndt’s 25-yard attempt was no good.
Lamont Wims led the Eagles with 209 yards rushing and a touchdown while quarterback Matt Westerkamp threw for 214 yards and one touchdown on 15-32-1 passing. Angelo Parker led the team in tackles with nine.
The Eagles close out the regular season on Saturday, November 10th as they host defending NAIA National Champion and 4th ranked Saint Xavier University. Kick-off is set for 1:00 P.M. at Morris Field in Arlington Heights and fans can watch or listen to the game live on the Eagles Sports Network.