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Banaszak’s RMU Debut to Come at Home

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Robert Morris Announces 2014 Slate

Banaszak’s RMU Debut to Come at Home

Moon Township, Pa. – April 11, 2014 – A home Thursday night game against a traditional power, a meeting with a first-time opponent and a non-conference matchup with a defending conference champion are a few of the highlights of the 2014 Robert Morris University football schedule that was released Friday.

Led by first-year head coach John Banaszak, RMU will play 11 games in the 2014 campaign.

Robert Morris will officially begin the Banaszak era, and open the 2014 slate, Thursday, Aug. 28, at home against Eastern Kentucky at 7:00 p.m. It will mark the first Thursday night home game in program history and will also be the first time that the Colonels travel to face the Colonials.

The opener will certainly present challenges for Robert Morris as Eastern Kentucky is one of the most storied programs at the FCS level. The Colonels have won two national titles and made 20 playoff appearances and are also currently exploring a move to the FBS level.

After opening at home, the Colonials will hit the road for three consecutive weeks.

The first game of that stretch will see RMU travel to the University of North Dakota Saturday, Sept. 6. The matchup will be the first meeting between the two programs although it will be the Colonials’ third game in the state in the past five years.

Robert Morris will then travel the length of Pennsylvania to take on defending Patriot League champion, and 2013 playoff participant, Lafayette Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m. It will be RMU’s first road game against the Leopards although the Colonials downed Lafayette on a thrilling, last-second field goal two years ago.

RMU’s final game of the trip will come Sept. 20 at Dayton. The game against the Flyers will continue the longest running non-conference rivalry in school history, as it will be the 17th overall matchup between the schools.

The three-game road stretch will mark only the second time in school history, and first since 2003, that RMU has played road games in three consecutive weeks.

After a bye week, Robert Morris will close its non-conference schedule by hosting Monmouth Oct. 4. The game against the Hawks will be a part of Homecoming Weekend on RMU’s campus.

RMU will open Northeast Conference (NEC) play with a tough contest as it faces defending league champion Sacred Heart on the road Oct. 11.

Robert Morris will then host Central Connecticut State Oct. 18 before traveling to Bryant Oct. 25.

After having their final bye to open November, the Colonials will have back-to-back home games against Wagner (Nov. 8) and Saint Francis (Nov. 15), with the latter representing Senior Day. Robert Morris will close the season with a game at local rival DuquesneNov. 22.

The Colonials have won six NEC titles, tying the league high, and have an all-time mark of 115-92-1 (.555).

Robert Morris will host its annual Spring Game this Saturday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m.