YSU looks to rebound against Robert Morris
Pelini conjuring recipe for success
By Charles grove
With plenty of game film dissected from their 38-21 loss to West Virginia, the Youngstown State football team is preparing for Robert Morris.
“I think they learned some lessons the other day,” YSU head coach Bo Pelini said. “It’s pretty obvious when you look at the film. I thought at times our fundamentals broke down and often times that’s a recipe that will get you beat.”
This week should be an ideal week to rebound. The Colonials returned their opening kickoff in Week One for a touchdown and that’s all the points the team has managed to scrounge up. RMU lost 14-7 against Alderson Broaddus and then was shut out at Dayton 13-0 last Saturday in a game that was called in the fourth quarter for inclement weather.
While the game appears to be a mismatch on paper, the Penguins are well aware of last year’s contest when YSU had to come back from seven points on two separate occasions to defeat Robert Morris in overtime.
“We played bad,” left tackle Justin Spencer said. “As an offensive line, we didn’t execute and I personally didn’t play well.”
Defensive end Derek Rivers said the team will not be taking Robert Morris for granted this time around.
“We underestimated them a little bit, but that won’t happen this year,” Rivers said. “We definitely have to make up for last year.”
Quarterback Ricky Davis was taken out in the second half of last week’s game and Trent Hosick filled in, rushing for a touchdown and throwing an interception. Pelini said it’s too early to tell in the week if Davis will be fit to play with his undisclosed injury, but mentioned the team should have senior right guard Brock Eisenhuth back this week. Eisenhuth has been recovering from a toe injury suffered against Duquesne on Sept. 1.
Both players and Pelini said that poor technique is what cost the Penguins in Morgantown and that will be the focus this Saturday.
“The coaches give us technique and we’ve got to be disciplined enough to execute it,” Rivers said.
Pelini said the team must focus on themselves and not worry about the quality of the opponent.
“It’s about us,” Pelini said. “It’s about what we do and how we execute and there were some really good examples [at West Virginia] that kind of opened our eyes.”
Poor technique equates to poor discipline, according to Rivers, which he said was the reason for West Virginia taking control in the second half last Saturday after the teams went into halftime tied at 14.
“The talent was equally there but our corners got beat because of discipline issues and that goes for everyone on the defense,” Rivers said. “I had discipline issues, Avery [Moss] did, offensively our linemen did, everyone did.”
Pelini said he’s not going to worry himself with who might get playing time if the Penguins blow open the game like they did against Duquesne in Week One, he’s most concerned about the scoreline.
“All I’m concerned about is winning the football game,” Pelini said.