Duquesne Downs Dayton, 17-7
PITTSBURGH - Larry McCoy ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and Sean Patterson threw for 187 yards and another score as Duquesne scored twice in the fourth quarter to extend its home win streak to eight with a 17-7 win over the Pioneer Football League's Dayton Flyers at Rooney Field.
The win evened DU's record at 1-1, while Dayton dropped to 0-2.
DU trailed 7-3 before Patterson found Gianni Carter with an 18 yard pass to put the Dukes up 10-7 with 10:01 left. McCoy followed with a 7 yard touchdown run on DU's next possession to put the game out of reach.
Duquesne, which was outgained 219-109 in the first half, finished with a 345-340 advantage in total yardage.
McCoy had 88 yards on 18 second-half carries as the Dukes outgained the Flyers 237-121 in the second 30 minutes.
Charlie Leventry's 26 yard field goal on Duquesne's first possession was followed by a 2 yard run by Will Bardo as Dayton took a 7-3 lead with 2:10 left in the opening quarter - it was a score that would stand until the fourth quarter.
Dayton had the best opportunity to score during the drought when Howard Savage made a diving interception of a tipped Patterson pass at the Duquesne 23 with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The DU defense held and Dayton kicker Pat Sankovic, who was wide right on a 34 yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, was wide right again - this time from 40 yards out - to keep the score 7-3 early in the fourth.
The Dukes answered with their longest drive since their opening possession, covering 77 yards on 10 plays - the last 18 coming on the Patterson-to-Carter touchdown pass.
DU followed with an 80 yard drive, fueled by 46 yards on seven carries by McCoy, who ended the drive with a 7 yard touchdown run with 3:03 to go to put the game out of reach.
Serge Kona, who led the DU defense with 9 stops (7 solo), added an interception to end Dayton's final possession. Ben Gartland added 7 tackles. Brandon Martin and Rich Piekarski broke up three passes each for the Dukes.
Duquesne heads to Indiana to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule against another Pioneer Football League team in Valparaiso. Kickoff is set for 2:00 (ET).
Scoring by Quarters