@DuqFB Drops Season Opener at Youngstown State, 45-10
Sept. 1, 2016
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Youngstown State (1-0) scored on four of its first five possessions of the game in jumping to a 24-3 lead and handed Duquesne (0-1) a 45-10 defeat in its season opener Thursday evening in Youngstown.
YSU opened the scoring on the first drive of the game as Ricky Davis connected with Darien Townsend on a 49-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-0 at the 13:01 mark. Following a Duquesne punt, the Penguins struck again as Zak Kennedy kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-0 YSU at the 4:44 mark, capping a 14-play, 71-yard drive.
Duquesne got on the board on its second drive as Austin Crimmins split the uprights on a 43-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter. A personal foul on the kick return allowed the Dukes to start the drive at their own 43 yard line. On the second play of the drive Dillon Buechel connected with Blair Roberts on a 27-yard pass play to get the ball to the YSU 32, leading to the Crimmins field goal.
Youngstown State responded though early in the second quarter as Martin Ruiz ran it in from seven yards out, making it 17-3. A 39-yard pass play to open the drive and a personal foul by DU inside their own 15 yard line set up the score.
The Dukes closed out the first half with an impressive drive however, moving the ball 75 yards in 1:13 for a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the half. After Buechel connected with Wayne Capers on a 25-yard pass play to get the ball to the YSU 35, he hit Roberts with a 20-yard aeriel to the 15 yard line before Duquesne called timeout with 36 seconds left. Buechel then found Capers for nine yards before going out of bounds, then hit on his fourth straight pass, finding Nehari Crawford in the left side of the endzone for a six-yard scoring strike to make it 24-10 at the half.
The Dukes were forced to punt on its first possession of the second half, but a YSU fumble on the return was recovered by Xavier Nelson and the Dukes took over at the Penguins 44-yard line. However, on the first play, Crawford fumbled on an end around, giving the ball back to YSU.
Youngstown State took advantage and found the end zone on a three-yard pass from Davis to Stefan Derrick, making it 31-10 at the 12:37 mark of the third quarter.
The teams then exchanged three fruitless possessions before YSU made it 38-10 on a one-yard run by Shane Kuhn with 14:11 on the fourth quarter clock, then followed that with a two-yard run by McCaster with 8:04 left to make it 45-10.
The Penguins outgained the Dukes 610-222. Buechel was 15-29 for 188 yards and a touchdown. Capers had five catches for 57 yards and Roberts had three receptions for 82 yards.
It was Duquesne's largest margin of loss (-35) since losing at Youngstown State, 59-17 (-42) on Sept. 21, 2013.
Defensively, Carter Henderson led the Dukes with 10 tackles (6 solo), followed by Christian Kuntz and Abner Roberts with eight each. Kuntz had two tackles for a loss, giving him 49.5 for his career. Crimmins had a field goal and an extra point on the evening for four points, giving him 232, one shy of tying the school record.
The Dukes host Bucknell on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:00 pm at Rooney Field in their home opener.
Scoring by Quarters