Dukes Lose to Reigning Ivy League Champs, 51-10
Sept. 20, 2003
Penn broke open a 23-10 game by turning three Duquesne third quarter turnovers into scores in pulling away for a 51-10 win at Philadelphia.
The Quakers jumped on the Dukes early, taking a 20-0 lead just 8:16 into the game when Jake Perskie scored from seven yards out to cap a 29-yard drive set up by a Doug Middleton interception.
Duquesne got on the board when Armar Watson stepped in front of a Mike Mitchell pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Dukes settled down and drove 87 yards in 13 plays to cut the lead to 10 on a 29-yard John Harris field goal.
On the next possession, DU's Tim Pichette picked off a Mitchell pass at the Penn 27. Duquesne then drove to the Quakers' 11-yard line before Neil Loebig's second down pass was intercepted by Steve Lhotak at the Penn 3. Lhotak returned the ball 88 yards before being dragged down by Michel Warfield at the Duquesne 8. Although the Dukes held Penn on downs, the turnover changed the momentum of the game. Duquesne managed to advance from its own one to the 20 before a penalty and sack forced Steve Lattin to punt from his own 3 yard line. Following the punt, Penn took advantage of the good field position to tack on a 20 yard field goal and take a 23-10 lead at the half.
Penn scored on its first possession of the second half, before the Dukes self-destructed with three turnovers in their next five plays leading to three Quaker scores. Penn drove 47 yards following an interception to up its lead to 37-10 on an 2 yard pass from Mitchell to Kevin DeSmedt. Two plays later, Middleton scooped up a James Jacobs fumble and ran 34 yards for a score. On the next possession, Penn recovered a Loebig fumble at the Duquesne 11 and scored on the next play when Mitchell completed his fourth touchdown pass of the day, this one to Joe Phillips to close out the scoring. Mitchell, who completed his first eight passes of the game for 118 yards, finished 19-of-30 for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Penn outgained the Dukes 382-to-216. Sam Matthews led Penn with 89 yards on 19 carries including a 1 yard scoring run in the first half.
Duquesne's Mike Hilliard led all rushers with 101 yards on 27 carries. Loebig was 7-of-18 for 116 yards and was intercepted three times. Yardon Brantley led all receivers with 80 yards on three catches. Penn, which scored 28 points off of DU's five turnovers, outgained the Dukes 155-to-54 in the second half.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 OT FINAL DUQUESNE 7 3 0 0 10 PENN 20 3 28 0 51