Dukes Come up Short at Dayton, 23-20
Sep 7, 2013
DAYTON, OHIO - The third of William Will's three second half field goals was the difference as Dayton (1-1) held Duquesne (1-1) scoreless over the final 30 minutes to post a 23-20 win at Welcome Stadium.
The victory snapped Duquesne's three-game series win streak.
Will Bardo threw for 171 yards and ran for 79 more - including touchdown runs of 1 and 71 yards - to lead the Flyers.
Duquesne's Dillon Buechel completed 22-of-37 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort. Buechel, who threw for 309 yards in DU's season-opening win over Albany, came up five yards short in his bid to become the first freshman in Duquesne history to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games.
Gianni Carter caught seven passes for a career-high 135 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to one four-yard reception in the second half.
Duquesne, despite being held to 28 or fewer yards on five of six second-half drives, outgained Dayton 357-313.
Dayton converted three Duquesne turnovers into 14 points.
Duquesne struck first when Buechel connected with Carter for a 76-yard touchdown on the Dukes' third play from scrimmage.
Turnovers figured in the next three scores as Duquesne turned a Dayton fumble into a 26-yard Austin Crimmins field goal. Just under two minutes later, a high Duquesne punt snap rolled for 23 yards before Dayton recovered it on the DU one. Three plays later, Bardo punched it in to make it 10-7 after one quarter.
Dayton made the Dukes pay for another mistake when it followed a Buechel interception with a 71-yard touchdown run by Bardo on the following play to take a 14-10 lead with 9:52 left in the second quarter.
A 47-yard run by Jason Douglas set up a 27-yard Crimmins field goal that cut it to 14-13 with 6:16 left in the half.
Dayton moved to the Duquesne 14 before Rich Piekarski covered a Flyers fumble on the DU 36. The Dukes then took it 64 yards with Buechel threading the needle to Carter from 9 yards out with 39 seconds left in the half to make it 20-14.
Turnovers figured in four of six first half scores, as the Dukes scored 10 points off a pair of UD fumbles and Dayton scored all 14 of its points following a Duquesne fumble and interception.
Gary Hunter returned a Duquesne punt 20 yards to the DU 22 midway through the third quarter to set up Will's first field goal, a 32-yarder that made it 20-17.
Dayton then drove 41 yards to tie it on a 25-yard Will field goal with just over one minute left in third quarter.
The Flyers made it three scores in three straight possessions when Will converted again from 25 yards out to give Dayton its first lead since the second quarter at 23-20 with 7:42 left. The 15 play drive took 7:18 off the clock.
On Duquesne's next possession, Dave Thomas took a pass from Buechel and gained 28 yards before being stripped of the ball by Zach Elias at the UD 19. Dayton's Howard Savage covered the loose ball to halt DU's best scoring chance of the half.
Duquesne is idle before returning to action at Youngstown State on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Scoring by Quarters