Dukes Lose At Bucknell, 28-21
Aug. 30, 2003
Lewisburg, Pa. - Four turnovers, the last of which occured with under a minute on the clock, counteracted 423 yards of total offense as Duquesne fell to Bucknell 28-21 at Lewisburg.
The Dukes had a chance to tie the game late when they drove 66 yards to the Bucknell 10-yard line in the final minute. Quarterback Niel Loebig scrambled for what appeared to be a first down before he was stripped of the ball by the Bison's Chris Praylo at the eight. BU's Joe Glenn, who finished the game with three interceptions, fell on the ball to end Duquesne's comeback attempt.
Loebig, who completed 26-of-50 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns on the evening, led the Dukes on a 91-yard drive in the third quarter to tie the game at 21-21.
After holding the Bison to three-and-out, Loebig was intercepted by Glenn who returned the ball to the Duquesne 10. On the next play, Raphael Darrington went in for a score to give Bucknell a 28-21 lead with 9:31 remaining.
Bucknell scored first when an errant Duquesne punt snapped sailed out of the end zone early in the first quarter. The Bison added a 22-yard field goal to go up 5-0 before Duquesne answered with a 6-yard scoring pass from Loebig to junior Michel Warfield. Warfield, who finished the game with 7 catches for 130 yards, caught 5 balls for 111 yards and two scores in the second quarter alone.
The Dukes led 14-11 at the half despite the safety, a missed 29-yard field goal and a Loebig interception at the Bucknell 4-yard line.
Bucknell's Blamah Sarnor led all rushers with 147 yards on 25 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Quarterback Daris Wilson added 62 yards on the ground for the Bison.
Mike Hilliard, who scored on a two-yard plunge to tie the game at 21-21, paced the Dukes with 90 yards on 23 carries. Ryan Tolan and Harry Carter led DU with 12 tackles each. Bucknell outgained the Dukes 288-to-70 on the ground, while Duquesne enjoyed a 353-to-61 edge in the air.
The Dukes are off until Saturday, September 13, 2003, when they will host the Pioneer League's Butler Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m. at Rooney Field on Duquesne's campus.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL DUQUESNE 0 14 0 7 21 BUCKNELL 5 6 10 7 28
LEADERS: Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Hilliard (23-90-1); BU - Sarnor (25-147-1)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Loebig (50-26-3-344-2); BU - Wilson (8-4-0-61-1)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Warfield (7-130-2); BU - Kennedy (1-20-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Tolan (12/11), Carter (12/6); BU - Glenn (9/6), Ransome (9/5)