Dukes Come up Short at Dayton, 23-20
Gianni Carter caught seven passes for a career-high 135 yards and two TDs in a losing effort.

Sep 7, 2013

Box Score

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.

Christian Kuntz and Aaron Reed led the Dukes with 10 tackles each. Kuntz added a pair of sacks and also broke up a pass.

Duquesne is idle before returning to action at Youngstown State on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 10 10 0 0
DAYTON 7 7 6 3

1st	10:52	DUQ - Carter 76 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmns kick), 3-80 (0:55) --- 7-0
	5:48	DUQ - Crimmins 26 yd field goal, 5-23 (2:38) --- 10-0
	2:41	DAY - Bardo 1 yd run (Will kick), 3-1 (1:06) --- 10-7
2nd	9:52	DAY - Bardo 71 yd run (Will kick), 1-71 (0:11) --- 10-14
	6:16	DUQ - Crimmins 27 yd field goal, 8-65 (3;36) --- 13-14
	0:39	DUQ - Carter 9 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 9-64 (2:15) --- 20-14
3rd	7:27	DAY -  Will 32 yd field goal, 4-7 (1:04) --- 20-17
	1:27	DAY - Will 25 yd field goal, 7-41 (3:16) --- 20-20
4th	7:42	DAY - Will 25 yd field goal, 15-52 (7:18) --- 20-23
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Douglas (4-49-0), Ho (17-26-0); DAY - Bardo (18-78-2)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (22-37-1-295-2); DAY - Bardo (16-32-0-171-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (7-135-2); DAY - Hunter (5-59-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Kuntz (10/3), Reed (10/4); DAY - Monnier (14/2)

The loss snapped a three-game Duquesne series win streak ... the Dukes averaged 5.6 yards per play to 3.9 for Dayton ... Dayton ran 16 more plays than Duquesne ... UD possessed the ball for all but 2:30 of the fourth quarter ... the two teams combined for five turnovers ... Duquesne lost a pair of fumbles and was intercepted once and Dayton lost two fumbles ... preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) posted his second consecutive 100-yard game with a 7 catches for a career-high 135 yards ... his 76-yard TD in the first quarter was a career long ... his two TD receptions (76, 9) tied his career high set last year against Sacred Heart ... Carter, who has topped the 100-yard mark three times in his career, has now posted 60 or more yards receiving in his past 12 games ... Carter caught 6 passes for 103 yard and a TD in the season-opening win against Albany ... Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) completed 22-of-37 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns (76, 9) ... Buechel, who threw for 309 yards in the opener against Albany, came up five yards short in his bid to become the first Duquesne freshman to post back-to-back 300-yard passing games ... sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) posted his second career double-digit tackle game with 10 stops ... he was credited with a game-high 3.0 tackles for loss including a pair of sacks ... Kuntz also returned a fumble 38 yards to set up Austin Crimmins' 26-yard, first quarter field goal ... redshirt freshman Aaron Reed (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) tied Kuntz for team high with 10 stops (4 solo) including 1.0 tackles for loss ... Reed forced the fumble that was returned by Kuntz.


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