Dukes Down Dayton in Dramatic Fashion, 22-13
Sept. 10, 2011
DAYTON, OHIO - Jared Williams blocked Nate Miller's 50 yard field goal attempt with two seconds left and returned it 48 yards for a score as Duquesne scored nine points in the final 30 seconds to end Dayton's FCS-best 10-game win streak with a 22-13 victory over the Flyers at Welcome Stadium.
Duquesne took a 16-13 lead on a 24 yard Charlie Leventry field goal with 30 seconds left. Leventry's field goal, his third of the game, capped a 52-yard drive that started with 3:37 on the clock.
Sean Patterson, who finished 19-of-34 for 254 yards, opened the drive by hitting Isaac Spragg on passes of 13 and nine yards before carrying 13 yards to the UD 24. Larry McCoy, who topped the 100-yard mark for the eighth time in 10 games - and second time in as many games this year - took it to the eight on a 16 yard run to set up Leventry's kick.
Dayton quarterback Will Bardo drove the Flyers 21 yards to the 33 to set up Miller's final attempt.
McCoy led all rushers with 113 yards on 26 carries. Brooks Roorback had a career-high seven catches for 48 yards and Spragg finished with 93 yards on six receptions for the Dukes.
Taylor Harris led Dayton with 110 yards on seven carries. Bardo finished 13-of-31 for 124 yards.
Duquesne was the last team to defeat the Flyers, nearly one year ago to the day on Sept. 11 of last season, 35-31 at Rooney Field.
Dayton got on the board first when Harris bounced outside and raced 83 yards down the right sideline for a score to put the Flyers up 7-0 with 5:26 left in the first quarter.
Both teams missed scoring opportunities in the opening 30 minutes as Leventry was wide left on a 25 yard attempt on DU's first possession and Miller missed a 40 yard attempt following a Steve Wirkus interception early in the second quarter.
Patterson made it two consecutive turnovers when he coughed up the ball while being sacked at the DU 47. The Flyers looked poised to add to their lead when Tyler Zimmer broke through to block a 33 yard Miller field goal attempt.
DU then drove 81 yards to tie it when Patterson hit Connor Dixon with a 10 yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with 47 seconds left in the half.
The Dukes outgained the Flyers 276-175 and enjoyed an over seven minute advantage in time of possession in the first half that saw two drives stopped by turnovers.
Miller broke the tie with a 42 yard field goal on Dayton's first possession of the second half.
The lead was short-lived as Jared Williams picked off back-up quarterback Zachary Splain and returned it to the Dayton 26 setting up a career-long 40 yard field goal by Leventry.
Patterson found Roorback for 26 yards on third-and-10 and followed that with a 28 yard run to the UD 15 to set up a 28 yard Leventry field goal that gave DU its first lead with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bardo broke loose for a 35 yard gain to the Duquesne 10, but the DU defense held, leading to a 30 yard Miller field goal that tied the game for the third time at 13-13 with 11:28 to go.
The game remained tied until Leventry's kick with 30 seconds left.
The Dukes outgained the Flyers 452-344 and had a 20-15 advantage in first downs. DU converted 7-of-17 third downs to 3-of-13 for Dayton.
Duquesne opens the home season next Saturday against Valparaiso at 12:10 p.m. on Rooney Field.
Scoring by Quarters