Dukes Open With 35-24 Win Over Albany

Aug 31, 2013

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PITTSBURGH PA - Duquesne got a pair of touchdown passes from freshman Dillon Buechel in a one-minute span of the third quarter to break open a tight game and propel the Dukes to a 35-24 season-opening win over Albany on Saturday at Rooney Field.

Buechel, the first freshman to start an opener for the Dukes since 2005, completed 21-of-28 passes for 309 yards, including TD passes of 27 yards to Sean Brady and 29 yards to Gianni Carter that turned a 16-10 halftime lead into a 29-10 advantage with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

Eight Dukes caught a pass led by Dave Thomas who had a five receptions for a career-high 107 yards and Gianni Carter who added 103 yards on six grabs.

Albany's Will Fiacchi threw for 346 yards and two scores and Kevin Chillis added nine catches for 135 yards and two TDs in a losing effort.

Duquesne got on the board on the game's first play when Chillis, took a handoff under heavy pressure and was dropped in the end zone by Sam Martello and Aaron Reed for a 13-yard loss and safety that gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later, DU faced 3rd-and-3 at its own 17 when Buechel found Thomas on a short crossing pattern and Thomas took it 81 yards to the Albany 2. Ryan Ho, who ran for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns, punched it in to make it 9-0 with 9:35 to go in the first quarter.

Albany got on the board on a Tom O'Riordan field goal that made it 9-3 after one quarter.

The Dukes, behind the big play from Thomas, outgained the Great Danes 124-43 in the opening 15 minutes.

The game remained tied before Aaron Fleck ran for seven yards out of punt formation on 4th-and-1 midway through the second quarter. A late hit penalty on the play moved the ball to the Albany 33. Two plays later, Ho raced 25 yards for a score to make it 16-3.

Albany took over on its own 33 with 1:26 left in the second quarter and made it 16-10 when Fiacchi found Chillis for a 35-yard score with 22 seconds left in the half.

Duquesne opened the second half with a nine-play, 78-yard drive capped by a spectacular 27-yard, one-handed, leaping grab by Sean Brady to make it 23-10.

On Albany's next possession, a blitzing Martello hit Fiacchi, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Dorian Bell at the DU 29. On the next play, Buechel found a streaking Carter for his second touchdown pass in a minute.

UAlbany came right back to march 75 yards, the last 35 coming on another Fiacchi-to-Chillis TD pass that made it 29-17 halfway through the third quarter.

DU's Austin Crimmins kicked his first career field goal - a 30-yarder - to make it 32-17 with 4:35 to go in the third.

Albany cut it to 32-24 on a 2-yard Omar Osbourne run and took over at its own eight with 2:59 left. Rich Piekarski picked off Fiacchi on fourth down and Crimmins added a 22-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining to close out the scoring.

Piekarski added another interception in the waning moments.

Albany outgained Duquesne 421 to 398, but was just 4-of-14 on third down. DU held the Great Danes to just 67 yards rushing.

Duquesne hits the road to face Dayton (1-0) at 1:00 on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
ALBANY 3 7 7 7
DUQUESNE 9 7 16 3

1st	14:48	DUQ - Safety, Chillis tackled in end zone by Reed --- 2-0
	9:35	DUQ - Ho 2 yd run (Crimmins kick), 5-90 (2:16) --- 9-0
	2:09	UA - O'Riordan 39 yd field goal, 10-28 (3:59) --- 9-3
2nd	3:45	DUQ - Ho 25 yd run (Crimmins kick), 8-74 (1:15) --- 16-3
	0:22	UA - Chillis 35 yd pass from Fiacchi (O'Riordan kick), 5-67 (1:04) --- 16-10
3rd	11:03	DUQ - Brady 27 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 9-78 (3:48) --- 23-10
        10:03	DUQ - Carter 29 yd pass from Buechel (kick failed), 1-29 (0:08) --- 29-10
	7:56	UA - Chillis 35 yd pass from Fiacchi (O'Riordan kick), 5-75 (2:07) --- 29-17
	4:35	DUQ - Crimmins 30 yd field goal, 8-57 (3:15) --- 32-17
4th	8:33	UA - Osbourne 2 yd run (O'Riordan kick), 10-44 (3:22) --- 32-24
	1:08	DUQ - Crimmins 22 yd field goal, 4-5 (1:07) --- 35-24
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (23-76-2); UA - Osbourne (21-79-1)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (21-28-0-309-2); UA - Fiacchi (27-45-1-346-2)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (6-103-1), Thomas (5-107-0); UA - Chillis (9-135-2)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Reed (9/4); UA - Helmer (11/8)

Duquesne is now 2-5 all time against Albany including a 2-2 mark in the past four meetings ... the 35 points were the most the Dukes have scored against the Great Danes ... with the win, ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt moved into a tie with the legendary Elmer Layden for third on DU's all-time victory list with 48 ... Schmitt, who has guided Duquesne's transition to scholarship-granting program, is now 48-37-0 at DU ... Albany outgained Duquesne 421-398, but was held to 4-of-14 on third downs ... the Great Danes were limited to 67 yards rushing on 30 attempts ... Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as the first freshman to start the season opener for the Dukes under center since Scott Knapp in 2005 ... the first-year redshirt completed 21-of-28 passes to eight players including a pair of TD passes (27 yards to Sean Brady and 29 yards to Gianni Carter) in a one-minute span of the third quarter to turn a 16-10 lead into a 29-10 advantage ... Buechel was the first freshman to start a season opener since Knapp, also a redshirt freshman at the time, led the Dukes to a 23-12 win over Robert Morris on Sept. 9, 2005 ... the RMU game was head coach Jerry Schmitt's first at Duquesne ... sophomore receiver Dave Thomas (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) caught five passes for 107 yards, including an 81-yard catch-and-run that set up the Dukes' first touchdown ... the 107 yards and 81-yard catch were both career highs ... the five catches tied his career-best set last year against Albany ... preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) posted his second career 100-yard game with a team-high six catches for 103 yards ... Carter's 29-yard TD reception gave the Dukes a 29-10 third-quarter lead ... it was th first time since 2010 that the Dukes had two 100-yard receivers in the same game (Connor Dixon 5-109 and Dave Williams 5-100 in a 41-17 win over Saint Francis on Nov. 13, 2010) ... senior Buck Buchanan Award candidate Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) ... who finished with three tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries, recovered an Albany fumble at the UA 29 to set up the Buechel-to-Carter TD that gave the Dukes a 29-10 third quarter cushion ... junior safety Rich Piekarski (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) ended Albany's last two possessions with interceptions ... they were the second and third picks of his career ... Piekarski finished with five tackles including 0.5 tackles for loss ... junior running back Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools) posted a hard-earned 76 yards on 23 carries ... Ho scored on runs of 2 and 25 yards ... Sam Martello (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) finished with 6 tackles (4 solo) and figured in a pair of big plays ... the sophomore linebacker teamed with Aaron Reed to tackle UA's Kevin Chillis for a 13-yard loss and safety on the first play of the game ... in the third quarter, Martello sacked Albany's Will Fiacchi, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Dorian Bell ... the play was followed by a 29-yard Dillon Buechel-to-Gianni Carter TD that gave the Dukes a 29-10 lead ... redshirt freshman Aaron Reed (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) led the Dukes with 9 tackles (4 solo) including 1.0 tackles for loss in his first career start ... Reed teamed with Martello for the safety that gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead 12 seconds into the game ... redshirt freshman kicker Austin Crimmins (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) kicked a pair of field goals (30, 22) ... in addition, three of his seven kickoffs went into the end zone and were not returned ... Crimmins' second FG, the 22-yarder with 1:04 left, provided the final 11-point margin.




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