Dukes Fall to Youngstown State, 59-17
Dillon Buechel threw for 362 yards in a losing effort.

Sept. 21, 2013

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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Martin Ruiz scored three touchdowns and Kurt Hess threw for two more to lead Youngstown State (3-1) to a 59-17 win over Duquesne (1-2) at Stambaugh Stadium.

Dillon Buechel threw for 362 yards, three shy of Duquesne's freshman record, and Gianni Carter (4-134-1) and Chris King (6-101-0) both went over the 100-yard mark receiving in a losing effort.

The Penguins, who outgained the Dukes 501-410, scored three consecutive touchdowns - including two by Ruiz - after Duquesne cut YSU's halftime lead to 24-14 early in the third quarter.

YSU got on the board first when it turned a Ryan Ho fumble into a 40-yard Joey Cejudo field goal with 4:21 to go in the first quarter. A big chunk of the Penguins' 33-yard scoring drive was the result of a 15 yard roughing the quarterback penalty on the Dukes.

Duquesne went three-and-out and a short punt gave Youngstown State the ball at the DU 30. Seven plays later, Torrian Pace punched it in to give YSU a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

DU, behind a 54-yard completion from Buechel to Carter, moved to the YSU 36 before a King fumble gave the Penguins the ball at their 46.

The Dukes held YSU to three-and-out and stopped the Penguins on downs at the 17, but continued to lose the field position battle.

YSU - once again with a short field - drove 37 yards on six plays to take at 17-0 lead on a 9-yard run by Ruiz with just over three minutes left in the half.

The Penguins made it two touchdowns in under two minutes when Hess - running the two-minute offense - hit Nate Adams with a 52-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left to make it 24-0 at the half.

Duquesne's average field position for its eight first half drives was its own 16. YSU, which began three drives inside the DU 40, averaged starting on its own 45.

DU got on the board when Ethan Dorsey capped a second half-opening, 74-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge. Buechel completed 3-of-4 passes for 57 yards including a 27-yarder to King and 21-yarder to Noel Oduho to fuel the drive.

The Dukes made it two TDs in three minutes when Buechel found Carter with a 63-yard scoring pass that made it 24-14 with 9:12 left in the third quarter.

Youngstown State answered with its longest drive of the game, covering 84 yards in just under five minutes, to make it 31-14 on a 4-yard run by Ruiz.

Ruiz added his third touchdown, this one from 5 yards out, to make it 38-14 after three quarters.

The Penguins made in three TDs in three possessions when Hess hit Marcel Caver with a 55-yard touchdown pass to make it 45-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Austin Crimmins ended the YSU scoring run with a 30-yard field goal with 10:34 left.

YSU tacked on a 10-yard TD run and late 43-yard return of a Marty Mitchell interception for the game's final points.

Duquesne is off next weekend prior to hosting West Liberty University on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:10 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 0 0 14 3

1st	4:21	YSU - Cejudo 40 yd field goal, 5-33 (2:01) --- 0-3
2nd	14:21	YSU - Pace 1 yd run (Cejudo kick), 7-30 (3:34) --- 0-10
	3:17	YSU - Ruiz 9 yd run (Cejudo kick), 6-37 (2:12) --- 0-17
	0:46	YSU - Adams 52 yd pass from Hess (Cejudo kick), 4-83 (1:12) --- 0-24
3rd	12:11	DUQ - Dorsey 1 yd run (Crimmins kick), 8-74 (2:43) --- 7-24
	9:12	DUQ - Carter 63 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 1-63 (0:11) --- 14-24
	4:10	YSU - Ruiz 4 yd run (Cejudo kick), 11-84 (4:57) --- 14-31
	0:30	YSU - Ruiz 5 yd run (Cejudo kick), 7-60 (2:43) --- 14-38
4th	14:01	YSU - Caver 55 yd pass from Hess (Cejudo kick), 1-55 (0:11) --- 14-45
	10:42	DUQ - Crimmins 30 yd field goal, 9-62 (3:19) --- 17-45
	5:20	YSU - Webb 10 yd run (Cejudo kick), 4-46 (1:52) --- 17-52
	2:28	YSU - Rivers 43 yd interception return (Cejudo kick) --- 17-59
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (7-26-0); YSU - Pace (18-66-1), Ruiz (17-65-3)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (21-38-0-362-1); YSU - Hess (15-25-0-292-2)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (4-134-1), King (6-101-0); YSU - Adams (4-108-1)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Bell (10/5); YSU - Smith (7/5)

The Dukes, who entered the game as one of 15 FCS schools perfect in the red zone, converted 2-of-2 red zone possessions to make it 8-of-8 through three games ... DU threw for 371 yards to 328 for YSU ... the Penguins controlled the ground game, outgaining the Dukes 173-39 ...Youngstown State's 59 points were the most by a DU opponent since Iona scored 62 in a 62-50 win over the Dukes on Oct. 23, 1999 ... preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) posted his third consecutive 100-yard game with 4 catches for 134 yards ... Carter, who caught a 63-yard TD passes, has at least one touchdown reception in all three games this season ... he had 6 catches for 103 yards and a TD in the opener vs. Albany and followed that with 7 catches for a career-high 135 yards and two scores at Dayton ... Carter, who has topped the 100-yard mark four times in his career, has now posted 60 or more yards receiving in his past 13 games ... Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) completed 21-of-38 passes for 362 yards and one touchdown (63 yards to Gianni Carter) ... the 362 passing yards were three shy of the school freshman record of 365 set by Scott Knapp against Robert Morris in 2005 ... the 362 yards rank 11th on the DU record list for yards passing in a game ... Buechel has thrown for 966 yards and 5 TDs (with one interception) in his first three college games ... Buechel, who threw for 309 yards in the opener against Albany, has already tied the freshman record for 300-yard passing games in a season set by Niel Loebig in 2003 ... sophomore Chris King (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic) posted career highs for catches (6) and yards (101) ... his previous high was 3 catches for 31 yards two week's ago at Dayton ... senior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) led the Dukes with 10 tackles (5 solo) ... it was his first double-digit tackle game of the season and seventh of his career.




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