DAYTON, Ohio- Quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) accounted for all four Dukes touchdowns as the Duquesne football team held off host Dayton by a score of 28-23 on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium.
The Dukes boost their record to 2-1 on the year while the host Flyers fall to 1-2 with the loss.
Dayton would strike first in the back-and-forth affair on Sean Prophit's one-yard touchdown run on the Flyers' first possession of the game.
Duquesne answered with two straight scores to gain a 14-7 edge, as Stuart connected with junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) on a 58-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline late in the first quarter followed by a one-yard Stuart touchdown run early in the second period.
A 71-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dayton's Christian Searles knotted the contest at 14-14 with under three minutes remaining in the first half, but Stuart would march the Dukes 68 yards on nine plays, finding sophomore wide receiver Kellon Taylor (Landover, Md./DeMatha Catholic) on a 15-yard touchdown pass to put Duquesne on top 21-14 going into the locker room.
Patrick Sandler's 20-yard field goal in the third quarter minimized the Dukes' lead to 21-17.
The Flyers threatened again early in the fourth quarter, driving deep into Duquesne territory, but Duquesne senior defensive back Stephan Osong (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) forced a fumble which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland).
That set up a nine-play, 81-yard scoring drive which was capped by a six-yard touchdown run by Stuart to push the Dukes' advantage to 28-17 with just over nine minutes showing on the game clock. The graduate transfer connected with Taylor on a 32-yard pass play as well as a pair of completions to Crawford on the drive.
Later in the quarter, a Duquesne interception gave Dayton possession at the Dukes' 21-yard line, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown run by Tucker Yinger three plays later. The Flyers' two-point conversion attempt failed, as Duquesne held its 28-23 lead with 4:10 to play.
The Dukes drained 3:45 of game clock on their next drive before punting and pinning Dayton back at its own 15-yard line. The Flyers were unable to get anything going, as the Dukes held on for the five-point road victory.
With the triumph, Duquesne picks up its first win at Welcome Stadium since 2011.
Stuart completed 19-of-31 passes for 253 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and an interception. He added 14 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Crawford eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, finishing with six catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. Taylor caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, while junior wide receiver Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho) contributed four receptions for 38 yards.
Even with sophomore starting running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) out of the lineup, the Dukes still tallied 184 rushing yards highlighted by junior running back P.J. Fulmore's (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) 83 yards on 21 carries. Junior running back Ricky Mellick (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton La Salle) added 49 yards on 11 rushes.
Osong and sophomore linebackers Brendan Thompson (Germantown, Md./Northwest/Millersville) and Zanotto each paced Duquesne with eight tackles apiece.
The Dukes outgained the Flyers 437-262 in the win, including advantages of 253-131 through the air and 184-141 on the ground.
Duquesne is idle next week before opening the home portion of the 2017 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 30 hosting West Virginia Wesleyan after playing three consecutive road games to open the season. Kickoff against the Bobcats is set for 7 p.m. ET at Rooney Field.