Dukes Maul Red Foxes, 36-0
Sept 21, 2002
PITTSBURGH -- Duquesne extended its MAAC Football League win streak to 18 games in impressive fashion with a dominating 36-0 win over Marist at Rooney Field. The victory kept the Dukes (3-0, 2-0) unblemished in league play and dropped Marist to 2-1 (1-1 in the MAAC) overall.
The Red Foxes, who entered the game ranked second in the nation in total defense, were victimized for 460 yards by the Dukes. In addition, the Marist running game, which averaged 340 yards in the Red Foxes first two outings of the season, was limited to just 17 yards on 27 carries.
Mike Hilliard (Homer Center, Pa. / Homer Center), who finished the game with a career-high 114 yards on 23 carries opened the scoring with a 10-yard run to cap a 54-yard drive with 2:36 to go in the opening quarter.
DU upped its lead to nine when Earl Bellisario (Oakmont, Pa. /Riverview) connected on a career-long 39-yard field goal just over two minutes into the second quarter.
The Dukes, who held Marist without a first down in the opening 30 minutes, took control of the game with a pivotal 5 yard touchdown pass from Niel Loebig (McDonald, Pa. / South Fayette) to Yardon Brantley (Reading, Pa. / Reading Central Catholic) with just :04 seconds left in the first half. A two-point conversion gave Duquesne a 17-0 advantage at intermission.
The DU defense continued to dominate in the second half,
holding Marist to -5 yards on 16 second-half rushing attempts. True
freshmen Javonn Bradley (Rochester, Pa. / Rochester) and Harry Carter (Lanham, Md. / Eleanor Roosevelt) led the Dukes with seven tackles
each, while senior linebacker Mitch Zobb (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills) recorded three tackles for loss as
the Marist offense never crossed midfield.
Loebig hit tight end Matt Mrdjenovich (Harrison City, Pa. / Penn-Trafford) with a 44-yard scoring strike in the third quarter and Hilliard scored from 14 yards out with 7:59 left to put Duquesne up 30-0. Freshman quarterback Ben Palumbo (Canton, Ohio / McKinley) completed the scoring by hitting Tim Broderick (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shaler / Connecticut) with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 4:06 remaining.
Brantley led the DU receiving corps with 7 catches for 73 yards and a touchdwon. Jeremy Conley (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Allderdice) added six grabs for 84 yards as nine different players posted at least one reception. Duquesne outgained Marist 460-to-66 on the afternoon and enjoyed over a seven-minute edge in time of possession.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL Marist 0 0 0 0 0 Duquesne 6 11 6 13 36