Scores

Final

Sacred Heart 31

(3-8, 0-6 NEC)

Robert Morris 41

(4-6, 3-3 NEC)

1:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Joe Walton Stadium, Moon Township, PA

1 2 3 4 T
SHU 7 9 0 1531
RMU 7 14 13 741

Top Performers

Passing: E. Cwalinski (RMU) - 220 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Payne (WAG) - 35 CAR, 185 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Hill (RMU) - 5 REC, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Robert Morris 41, Sacred Heart 31

Associated Press

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) -- Erik Cwalinski threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, two to Alvin Hill, and Shannon Smoot returned an interception for another score as Robert Morris opened a big second-half lead then hung on to beat Sacred Heart 41-31 on Saturday.

Robert Morris (4-6, 3-3 Northeast Conference) led 21-16 at the half on Cwalinski's touchdown passes to Hill for 44 and 19 yards and a 1-yard run by Karey Murray. Sacred Heart (3-8, 0-6) stayed close early as Jason Payne scored on a 15-yard run and a 6-yard pass from Dale Fink, sandwiching a 22-yard field goal by Joe Schroeder.

But Robert Morris broke the game open when Smoot returned a Fink interception 45 yards on Sacred Heart's first possession of the second half. Fink completed 20 of 36 passes for 231 yards, but also threw three interceptions, two in the second half.

Cwalinski gave Robert Morris a 34-16 lead when he threw 6 yards to Mario Hines late in the third quarter and made it 41-16 early in the fourth when he ran 8 yards for another score.

That's when Fink settled down and led Sacred Heart on two long scoring drives.

Fink threw 10 yards to Jason Payne capping a 13-play, 76-yard drive. Fink's conversion pass to Chris Rapp made the score 41-24.

After Robert Morris turned the ball over on downs, Sacred Heart drove 62 yards in seven plays with Corey Bundy scoring on a 24-yard pass from Fink to make it 41-31.

Sacred Heart could not recover the ensuing kickoff, however, and Robert Morris ran out the final 3:13 in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SHU
RMU
1st Downs2416
Total Yards425257
Passing231220
Rushing19437
Penalties7-698-90
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers51
Possession30:1229:48

Passing Leaders

Sacred HeartC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fink20/362316.433
Robert MorrisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cwalinski15/252208.830

Rushing Leaders

Sacred HeartCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payne351855.310
Fink492.300
Robert MorrisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Russ11302.700
Johnson10303.000

Receiving Leaders

Sacred HeartRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bundy67813.010
Rapp45914.800
Robert MorrisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hill58917.820
Ellison55811.600

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSHURMU
TD06:40Alvin Hill 44 Yd Pass From Erik Cwalinski (Michael Walser Kick) 07
TD05:51Jason Payne 15 Yd Run (Joe Schroeder Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSHURMU
FG13:30Joe Schroeder 22 Yd 107
TD08:46Karey Murray 1 Yd Run (Michael Walser Kick) 1014
TD05:47Alvin Hill 19 Yd Pass From Erik Cwalinski (Michael Walser Kick) 1021
TD00:37Jason Payne 6 Yd Pass From Dale Fink (Pat Failed) 1621
THIRD QUARTERSHURMU
TD10:06Shannon Smoot 45 Yd Interception Return (Michael Walser Kick) 1628
TD02:19Mario Hines 6 Yd Pass From Erik Cwalinski (Pat Failed) 1634
FOURTH QUARTERSHURMU
TD13:55Erik Cwalinski 8 Yd Run (Michael Walser Kick) 1641
TD07:45Jason Payne 10 Yd Pass From Dale Fink (Dale Fink Pass To Chris Rapp For Two-Point Conversion) 2441
TD03:14Corey Bundy 24 Yd Pass From Dale Fink (Joe Schroeder Kick) 3141