PITTSBURGH - Duquesne got out of the blocks quickly, scoring on its first four possessions in posting a 49-14 home opening win over Valparaiso at Rooney Field.
The Dukes (2-1) outgained the Crusaders (0-3) 628 to 188 in extending Valpo's FCS-long losing streak to 23 games. The total yards were the most by a DU team since 647 in a 36-14 win over Siena in 2003.
Larry McCoy led DU with 164 yards rushing on 21 attempts as the Dukes ran for 425 yards. Bill Baircame off the bench to add a career-high 154 yards as DU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since a 46-0 win at La Salle in 2002.
It was the first time Duquesne had two 150 yard rushers in the same game since 2001 when Donte Small ran for 186 and Josh Rue158 in a 55-0 win over Siena.
Sean Pattersoncompleted 12-of-18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in just over two quarters of action for the Dukes.
Duquesne punted twice in scoring touchdowns on seven of 10 possessions.
Patterson capped a 15 play game-opening drive with a three yard run then found Connor Dixonwith a 66 yard touchdown pass as the Dukes outgained the Crusaders 178-31 in the opening 15 minutes.
McCoy added a one-yard scoring run early in the second quarter to make it 21-0. Patterson then capped a 13 play, 86 yard drive with a four yard touchdown to Ethan Dorseyto make it 28-0 at the half. McCoy went over the 100-yard mark on his 15th carry with just under six minutes left during the 86 yard drive.
Bair scored on a 19 yard run and Patterson hit Isaac Spragg with a six yard touchdown pass with 8:25 left in the third quarter before giving way to back-up Marty Mitchell.
Valpo broke up the shutout on a 10 yard pass from Nick Malantis to Kelvin Smarwt late in the third quarter.
Third team tailback Marcus Hughesadded a 16 yard touchdown run before Valparaiso closed out the scoring with a 14 yard pass from Malantis to Dale Cook.
Duquesne opens Northeast Conference play next Saturday at Saint Francis, Pa. The Saint Francis game, set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff, will be televised as part of the NEC-TV package. The game will air live on PCNC locally as well as on MSG+ (HD) and Fox8 Altoona/Johnstown (HD).
Scoring by Quarters
SCORING SUMMARY 1st 6:34 --- DUQ - Patterson 3 yd run (Leventry kick), 15-77 (6:20) --- 7-0 2:49 --- DUQ - Dixon 66 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 4-69 (1:39) --- 14-0 2nd 13:14 --- DUQ - McCoy 1 yd run (Leventry kick), 7-66 (1:42) --- 21-0 4:48 --- DUQ - Dorsey 4 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 13-86 (5:38) --- 28-0 3rd 12:39 --- DUQ - Bair 19 yd run (Leventry kick), 5-76 (2:14) --- 35-0 8:25 --- DUQ - Spragg 6 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 7-80 (3:07) --- 42-0 2:38 --- VALP - Smarwt 10 yd pass from Malantis (Smith kick),14-63 (5:42) --- 42-7 4th 10:05 --- VALP - Hughes 16 yd run (Esquire kick) 6-47 (2:34) --- 49-7 4:49 --- VALP - Cook 14 yd pass from Malantis (Weinel kick), 12-68 (5:10) --- 49-14 LEADERS Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - McCoy (21-164-1), Bair (16-154-1); VALP - Ali-El (9-19-0) Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (12-18-0-181-3); VALP - Malantis (9-16-0-105-2) Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Spragg (5-46-1; VALP - Smarwt (4-44-1) Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Oliver (9/4); VALP - Howard (8/6) GAME NOTES Duquesne's win extended Valpo's FCS-long losing streak to 23 games ... DU went 2-0 against the Pioneer Football League with wins at Dayton (22-13) and over Valpo ... Duquesne went 2-1 in non-conference play ... DU opens Northeast Conference play next week at Saint Francis, Pa. (NEC-TV) ... the Dukes are 22-5 in non-conference home games since 1999 (including an 11-2 mark under seventh-year head coach Jerry Schmitt) ... Duquesne's 628 total yards were its most since 647 in a 36-14 win over Siena in 2003 ... the 427 rushing yards were the most since 457 vs. La Salle in 2003 ... junior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) carried 21 times for a season-high 164 yards before calling it a day midway through the third quarter ... it was his ninth 100-yard game in his past 11 outings and 13th of his career ... with the 164 yards McCoy passed Andre Hatcher (2,476 from 1996-98) to move into the No. 6 spot on DU's all-time rushing list with 2,487 yards ... McCoy has topped the 100 yard mark in all three games this season ... senior Bill Bair (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) ran for a career-high 154 yards on 16 carries in his first extended action of the season ... his previous career best was 55 yards vs. Bucknell two year's ago ... this was the first time since Oct. 26, 2002 that two Dukes ran for 100 yards in the same game (Kyle Postell: 17-130 & Mike Hilliard: 20-122 at La Salle) ... it was the first time since a 55-0 win over Siena on Oct. 27, 2001 that two Duquesne players rushed for over 150 yards in the same game (Donte Small 27-186 & Josh Rue 16-158) ... senior linebacker Chris Oliver (Washington, D.C./Calvin Coolidge) led the Dukes in tackles for the second consecutive game with nine (he also had nine last week at Dayton) ... five of Oliver's nine stops were for a loss ... Duquesne played three quarterbacks with redshirt freshman Zach Nichi (Ambridge, Pa./Ambridge) seeing his first action ... redshirt freshman Marcus Hughes (Falls Church, Va./Falls Church) registered his first career carries ... he finished with 35 yards on six attempts including a 16 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter ... junior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) completed 12-of-18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns ... it was the ninth multiple-touchdown pass game of his career and second in three starts in 2011 ... Patterson has six TD passes on the young season ... senior Isaac Spragg(Westfield, Va./Valley Forge Military Academy) continued his strong start with five catches for 46 yards ... Spragg has a team-high 21 catches for 239 yards in three games ... he entered the season with eight catches in 22 career games.