FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Nobody had a bigger smile on his face than Matt Crable after a 42-9 University of Saint Francis win over Robert Morris University on a warm, muggy late summer evening.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore who didn’t play in two years at Grand Valley State University made the most of his first opportunity with the No. 1-ranked Cougars. He finished 16-for-23 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Justin Green did his usual thing rushing for 113 yards and two touchdowns as well as an 84-yard kickoff return for six — 233 all-purpose yards.
“It was fun, it was really fun, you know, I missed it,” Crable said, with a big smile of course. “It had been a long time since I took a significant amount of snaps, I missed it and I’m glad to be here.”
“J Green — just hand him the ball and watch him run. He takes a lot of the load off me,” Crable continued. “Dan, Rocky and Will, all I’ve got to do is throw the ball up and they’ll go get it for me.”
Crable scored the first touchdown of the season for the Cougars for a lead they never relinquished in the first quarter. The Cincinnati native scored on a two-yard run.
“It’s been while since I took a hit, so it was fun, it was exciting, I needed that,” Crable said. “It was great going against a defense that was not ours. I can’t say enough about our ‘Fatnecks’ because I think our defense makes them better. Our defense is pretty incredible. We made some mistakes tonight, but we’ll get them fixed.”
Ricksy finished with 90 yards receiving on five receptions. His 37-yard TD reception with 1:51 to play in the half was a back breaker for the Eagles. Marcus Stepp set up the opportunity recovering a fumbled RMU punt at the RMU 37. Crable threw a perfect ball to Ricksy in stride for a 21-3 lead at halftime.
Green quickly made it 28-3 when he took the opening second-half kickoff back for an 84-yard touchdown. USF’s defense forced an RMU 3-and-out and after two major penalties on the same play, a 24-yard strike to James, Green scored from the four for a 35-3 lead.
USF finished with a 167-yard advantage in total offensive yards and a 180-104 advantage rushing.
“That’s nice because hittin’ the same people over and over gets old,” USF senior linebacker Eric Dunten said. “I was impressed with Crable in his first game in awhile. The O line gave him plenty of time to throw the ball. Though we played well on both side of the ball. J Green always does well in the backfield.”
Dunten finished with nine tackles and one sack to lead USF on defense. Mitchell Thornbury had a fumble recovery. Dunten, Stepp and James Jamicich had four solo tackles apiece. USF finish four sacks for 26 yards, Jamicich with two for 14 yards in losses.