@DuqFB Wins Ninth Straight Home Opener with 30-19 Decision Over Bucknell
Sept. 11, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Freshman A.J. Hines rushed for three touchdowns and senior Dillon Buechel threw for 342 yards as Duquesne won its ninth straight home opener with a 30-13 decison over visiting Bucknell Saturday evening at Rooney Field.
Hines had 74 yards on 10 carries and is the first DU running back to run for three scores since Larry McCoy did so against Valparaiso on Sept. 15, 2012.
Buechel was 28-51 for 342 yards, completing passes to eight different receivers. The 28 completions were Buechel's third highest of his career, however, it was the first time since Oct. 3, 2015 that he did not throw a touchdown pass in a game (7-game span).
Duquesne took the opening kickoff and drove the ball 67 yards on 17 plays, culminating in a 25-yard Austin Crimmins field goal to take a 3-0 lead, 8:17 into the first quarter. With the three points, Crimmins became Duquesne's al-time scoring leader with 235 points, eclipsing Mark Troyan's record of 233, set from 2005-08. He is now also the Northeast Conference record holder for field goals in a career with 48.
The Dukes captured a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter as freshman A.J. Hines scampered into the endzone from 16 yards out at the 12:06 mark. The score ended a 13-play 58-yard drive. Turnovers on three straight possessions followed midway through the period before Duquesne ended the half with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a Crimmins 22-yard field goal with no time remaining on the first half clock, to give DU a 13-0 lead.
Bucknell lit its side of the scoreboard on the first drive of the second half as Joey DeFloria scored from the one to make it 13-7. DeFloria led all rushers with 98 yards on 24 carries. Hines found paydirt for the second time though with 13:55 left in the game, scoring form 41 yards out for a 20-7 score.
The Bison fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Red and Blue the ball at the Bucknell 34. Six plays later Crimmins hit his third FG of the day, this time from 38 yards, to make it 23-7 Dukes with 11:43 to go. DeFloria scored again though, this time on a reception, to make it 23-13 DU with 7:34 remaining, following a missed two-point pass attempt.
The Dukes extended their lead to 17 points as Hines scored from the two for a 30-13 advantage with 6:11 left on the clock. The Bison then embarked on a 19-play, 73 yard drive, taking 4:19 off the clock as Matt Muh found Will Carter for an eight-yard TD pass to make it 30-19. Christian Kuntz secured the ensuing on-side kick and the Dukes ran out the clock for the final margin.
Defensively, junior Carter Henderson led DU with eight tackles (5 solo) to go along with a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries. Fellow junior Nathan Stone had seven stops (3 solo) as well as a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a QB hurry.
Scoring by Quarters