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Dukes Top Bucknell, 35-14

 

 

Sept. 7, 2002

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Duquesne Head Coach Greg Gattuso: "I hope people understand how big a win this was for our team, our program and our conference. Our defense was on the field what seemed like the whole game, but they kept coming up with big plays. Our game plan was to stop the run and count on [cornerback] Leigh Bodden to shut down their top receiver. Leigh and [wide receiver] Jeremy Conley were the keys. We had a lot of heroes today, but those two stood out. This is the first time Jeremy has played against Bucknell. He was hurt the other two times we played them. Having him makes a big difference."

Duquesne Receiver Jeremy Conley, who missed practice this week with back spasms: "I was going to play today regardless, whether it was one play, 10 plays or 20 plays. I wanted to help. You don't think about it [being injured] when your on the field.

As a mid-major team, we don't get a lot of respect. This shows what a I-AA mid-major team can do. That we can step it up a notch against good teams. Bucknell had dominated us the last few years. We played our hearts out. We believed. That was our slogan this week."

Duquesne Quarterback Niel Loebig: "This is the biggest win we've had in a long time. We knew our defense would play with a lot of heart. We [the offense] decided to get together on the sideline and play with some heart ourselves. On throwing to Conley: "If its a bad throw, I know he'll either go up and get it or knock it down. He's a great player."

Duquesne Cornerback Leigh Bodden: "I just tried to position myself in the right place. I think I did a pretty good job overall. It was just an overall team effort."


 

 

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