Football Loses Season Finale to Robert Morris, 41-21
Nov. 11, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT - Robert Morris University took advantage of four Sacred Heart University turnovers and ran up a 41-0 advantage, before coming away with a 41-21 victory on the road in the Northeast Conference finale for both teams on Saturday.
The Colonials, 7-4 and 5-2, took a 3-0 lead on a Nate DiLorenzo 18-yard field goal with 7:29 left in the first quarter. Michael Rogers made it 10-0 with 4:58 left in the first half with a seven-yard TD reception from sophomore Erik Cwaliski.
It looked like the Pioneers were going to cut into the RMU lead, but Jason Payne fumbled the ball at the Colonial six and James Kazil picked it up and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, SHU QB Tyler Arciaga had a ball deflected at the line of scrimmage and defensive lineman Matt Brunck intercepted it and ran it in from 16-yards out and it was suddenly 24-0 with 3:05 to go in the second.
The Colonials took a 31-0 lead into the intermission on a 50-yard TD pass from Cwalikski to Alvin Hill.
It was 41-0 in the fourth quarter before the Pioneers finally got on the board on a two-yard plunge by junior Jason Payne with 8:27 to play in the game. After forcing the Colonials to put on their next possession, junior JJ Wilson blocked the attempted punt and Ryan Fersch recovered it in the end zone for another SHU TD.
Arciaga threw the 36th and final touchdown of his career with 2:02 left to freshman Steve Tedesco with 2:02 left. During the drive, Arciaga became the school's all-time leader in passing yards with 4,470 yards.