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Dukes Wallop Butler, 49-0
Niel Loebig
 
Niel Loebig
 

Sept. 13, 2003

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Duquesne scored on four of its first five possessions to take a 28-0 lead at the half in rolling to a 49-0 home-opening win over Butler. Quarterback Niel Loebig led the way for the Dukes with four touchdown passes including two each to Michel Warfield and Yardon Brantley as the Dukes totaled 535 yards of total offense. The Duquesne defense recorded 11 tackles for loss including three sacks in holding the Bulldogs to 215 total yards.

Loebig, who completed 18-of-31 passes for 291 yards in just over three quarters of action, opened the scoring with a 19-yard strike to Warfield to put the Dukes up 7-0 midway through the first quarter. He then found Brantley from 36 yards out to put Duquesne up 14-0. Mike Hilliard, who led all ballcarriers with 78 yards on 14 carries, scampered 35 yards for a score with 8:42 left in the half to up the lead to 21-0 before Brantley ended the first half barrage with a 20-yard touchdown reception. Duquesne's first-half scoring drives took 1:43, 2:05, 2:49 and 1:04 off the clock. Loebig's fourth touchdown pass - a 30-yarder to Warfield - came with 11:49 to go in the game.

Back-up quarterback Ben Palumbo led the Dukes to two late scores - the first coming on a 9-yard pass to Tim Broderick and the last on a 2-yard run by Jeremy McCullough. Warfield topped the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game with 128 yards on five catches for the Dukes. Brantley added five grabs for 88 yards and Randy Vulakovich also totaled five catches for 71 yards for DU. Butler reached the Duquesne 21-yard line twice in the first half, but missed a pair of 38-yard field goal attempts. The Bulldogs could get no further than the DU 41-yard line in the second half.

 

 

Harry Carter led Duquesne with 11 tackles (4 solo). Armando Perez came off the bench to add 9 stops (7 solo) including three tackles for loss. Sophomore tackle Josh Antinopoulos recorded a pair of sacks for the Dukes. Butler quarterback Ian Nelson finished the game 9-of-17 for 97 yards. Justin Campbell and Nelson each rushed for 36 yards on the evening to lead the Bulldogs.
BY QUARTER      1       2       3       4       OT      FINAL
BUTLER          0       0       0       0               0
DUQUESNE        14      14      0       21              49

LEADERS Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Hilliard (14-78-1); BU - Campbell (19-36-0) Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Loebig (31-18-0-291-4); BU - Nelson (17-9-0-97-0) Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Warfield (5-128-2), Brantley (5-88-2); BU - Reddel (4-44-0) Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Carter (11/4), Perez (9/7); BU - Haley (8/4)

POST-GAME QUOTES
Duquesne Head Coach Greg Gattuso: "This game was incredibly important for us. You can't be 0-2 going into Penn. We really practiced hard this week. There was a little lull, but I thought they played really well after about three minutes into the third quarter."
Duquesne junior quarterback Niel Loebig: "This was real important for us, especially after a loss. The big key was our offensive line. They did a great job. On playing Penn next week: "There should be a great crowd, its their home opener. Its definitely a big jump for us."
GAME NOTES
Duquesne's 535 total yards were its most since 575 in the third-to-last game of last season ... junior quarterback Niel Loebig (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) completed 18-of-31 passes for 291 yards and four scores (19, 36, 20, 30) in just over three quarters of action ... Loebig has now thrown for two or more TD passes in a game in 20 of 24 career starts ... junior receiver Michel Warfield (Oxon Hill, Md./Bishop McNamara) caught 5 passes for 128 yards and two TDs (19, 30) ... it was his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game (7-130-2 in the opener at Bucknell) ... in two games, Warfield has 12 catches for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Duquesne finished the game with 11 tackles for loss totaling 41 yards ... sophomore defensive end Antione Bullock (Houston, Texas/Sugar Land Kempner) forced two fumbles and recorded a sack ... sophomore middle linebacker Harry Carter (Lanham, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) led the Dukes with 11 stops (4 solo) ... he also recovered a fumble ... Armando Perez (Modesto, Calif./Thomas Downey/Modesto JC) added 9 tackles (7 solo) including three tackles for loss ... sophomore defensive tackle Josh Antinopoulos (Monaca, Pa./Monaca) added six tackles including a pair of sacks.

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