Arlington Heights, Ill. – The Robert Morris Football team lost a hard fought game to defending NAIA National Champion and fourth ranked Saint Xavier University by a score of 28-19 on Saturday, November 10th at Morris Field. The loss ends the Eagles season with an impressive 8-3 record for the year.
Saint Xavier jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on the Eagles, as the Cougars scored a touchdown on their opening drive. Quarterback Jimmy Coy hit Shane Zackery on a 12-yard TD reception and then the two connected again on a 35-yard scoring pass play at the end of the quarter.
The Eagles got a touchdown back in the second quarter, as they capped off a 10-play drive with touchdown pass of their own when Deshawn Weaver caught a TD pass from Matt Westerkamp with 5:15 left in the half. The touchdown was Weaver’s fifth of the season. The point after attempt was no good and the Eagles trailed 14-6.
The Cougars answered back just a minute and a half later to stretch their lead to 21-6 on another Coy touchdown pass. This time he connected with Corey Wennemache on a 16-yard scoring play. RMU closed the gap to 21-13 with two minutes left in the half, when Westerkamp hit TaDarrius Douglas on a 40-yard bomb for the score. The touchdown was Douglas’ seventh of the season and the 21st thrown for Westerkamp.
Saint Xavier opened the second half the same way they started the game, marching down the field for a touchdown to take a 28-13 lead. Jimmy Coy threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day and this time hit Chase Catton on a 7-yard score.
RMU added a touchdown late with 3:25 to play in the game, with Westerkamp connecting with Weaver for a 1-yard TD score to cut the gap to 28-19. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion and Westerkamp’s pass was incomplete ending RMU’s hopes of a late comeback.
RMU quarterback Matt Westerkamp threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 27-39 passing with one interception. Lamont Wims, the NAIA’s second leading rusher, ran for 115 yards and Deshawn Weaver had 73 yards receiving to go with two touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Moredock led the team in tackles with 10 and Tyler Wright and Tom Hughes each had a sack. Dominique Sashington also had an interception in the game.
The loss not only ended the Eagles season, but the outstanding careers of seniors TaDarrius Douglas, Dominique Sashington, Malcolm Townsend, Jordan Tuia, and Andrew Williamson. The seniors are pictured below in alphabetical order.