Dukes Rally for 35-21 win at Bryant
Dorian Bell had a career high 13 tackles and a big fourth quarter fumble recovery for the Dukes.

Sept. 22, 2012

Box Score

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Larry McCoy ran for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as Duquesne turned four Bryant turnovers into 18 points in rallying for a 35-21 Northeast Conference road win.

It was the sixth NEC victory in a row for the Dukes (3-1, 1-0) who won a share of the 2011 conference title with a 7-1 mark.

Bryant fell to 0-4 (0-2 in the NEC) for the first time in program history.

McCoy who finished with 154 yards, ran for 113 on eight four quarter carries. His 54 yard run with 3:53 left put the Dukes ahead for good at 28-21. He added a 7 yard TD with 2:08 left for the final margin.

The Dukes trailed 21-17 with Bryant looking to add to its lead with the ball at the three before Dorian Bell stripped the ball from Jordan Brown at the two.

Quarterback Sean Patterson, who completed 22-of-36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, got the Dukes out of the shadow of their own goal line with a 22 yard completion to Gianni Carter. He then found Sean Brady for 25 yards to set up a 39 yard Charlie Leventry field goal to pull the Dukes within one with 6:15 left.

Horvin Latimer picked off a tipped Mike Westerhaus pass at the DU 47 and two plays later McCoy broke through the center of the line and raced untouched 54 yards.

The Dukes held on 4th-and-5 to take over on the Bryant 47 before McCoy broke off a 38 yard run that gave DU 1st-and-goal at the seven. He took it in on the next play to complete the scoring.



Derrick Lakins also had an interception and Serge Kona added a fumble recovery for the Dukes.

Carter led DU's receivers with eight catches for 84 yards. Noel Oduho (6-65) and Brady (5-74) had touchdown receptions for the Dukes who finished with 419 yards.

Westerhaus threw for 276 yards and Jordan Harris caught 7 passes for 136 yards and two scores to lead Bryant. Brown added 105 yards rushing for the Bulldogs who ended the game with 405 total yards.

Bryant drove 77 yards on its first possession with Brown scoring from 8 yards out. Duquesne answered with a drive to the Bryant six only to see Leventry's 28 yard field goal attempt bounce off the left upright.

The Bulldogs took over on their own 36 after blocking a Leventry punt, but were unable to convert as Dom Kozlowski's 36 yard field goal attempt sailed wide left on the first play of the second quarter.

The Dukes tied it on their next possession when Patterson found Brady with a 23 yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-9. Patterson completed five passes for 75 yards on the 80 yard drive.

Lakins stepped in front of a Westerhaus pass and returned it eight yards to the Bryant 38 to set up a 7 yard Patterson to Oduho touchdown pass. The score, which came on 3rd-and-goal, gave the Dukes a 14-7 lead with 5:14 left in the half.

Bryant tied it on a 20 yard pass from Westerhaus to Harris with 40 seconds left in the half. BU accepted a running into the kicker penalty on the Dukes following a 46 yard Kozlowski field goal earlier in the drive.

Leventry capped a 15 play drive with a 27 yard field goal to give DU a 17-14 lead in the third quarter.

Bryant reclaimed the lead on a 9 yard pass from Westerhaus to Harris that made it 21-17 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

Leventry was blocked for a second time early on an early fourth quarter punt attempt, giving the Bulldogs the ball at their 24. BU facing 1st-and-24 following a penalty, converted a first down and looked poised to add to the lead when Bell forced and recovered Brown's fumble.

From that point on, it was all McCoy.

Bell led the Dukes with a career-best 14 tackles (10 solo). Chidozie Oparanozie tied his career-best with 13 stops.

The Dukes return home to host Saint Francis, Pa. for Homecoming next Saturday at 1:10 p.m. on Rooney Field.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 0 14 3 18
BRYANT 7 7 7 0

10:55 -- BRY - Brown 8 yd run (Kozlowski kick), 9-77 (4:05) --- 0-7
11:39 -- DUQ - Brady 23 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 7-80 (3:16) --- 7-7
5:14 -- DUQ - Oduho 7 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 10-38 (4:42) --- 14-7
0:40 -- BRY - Harris 20 yd pass from Westerhaus (Kozlowski kick), 8-71 (2:45) --- 14-14
9:11 -- DUQ - Leventry 27 yd field goal, 15-66 (5:49) --- 17-14
2:18 -- BRY - Harris 9 yd pass from Westerhaus (Kozlowski kick), 13-71 (6:47) --- 17-21
6:15 -- DUQ - Leventry 39 yd field goal, 13-75 (4:29) --- 20-21
3:53 -- DUQ - McCoy 54 yd run (Patterson to Carter conversion), 2-53 (:49) --- 28-21
2:08 -- DUQ - McCoy 7 yd run (Leventry kick), 3-46 (:57) --- 35-21

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - McCoy (26-154-2); BRY - Brown (28-105-1)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (22-36-0-247-2); BRY - Westerhaus (17-36-2-276-2)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (8-84-0); BRY - Harris (7-136-2)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Bell (13/9), Oparanozie (13/9); BRY - Wingate (12/10)

Duquesne has now won three in a row over Bryant to take a 3-2 series lead ... the Dukes extended their NEC win streak to six, including three straight on the road ... DU is 13-4 in NEC play over the past three seasons ... Duquesne went 4-11 in its first two seasons in the conference ... with his 154 yards on 26 carries senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) passed Pedro Bowman (3,830 yards from 1981-84) to move into second place on Duquesne's all-time rushing list ... McCoy, whose career total stands at 3,977, needs 283 yards to break the school record of 4,260 set by Donte Small from 1998-01 ... McCoy passed Bowman on a 9 yard run on the Dukes' second possession ... his two rushing touchdowns (54, 7) moved him into the second spot on DU's rushing TD list with 33 ... he trails only Bowman who ran for 41 scores ... McCoy also took sole possession of the school record for 100 yard games with his 22nd ... he entered the game tied with Small for the DU record ... McCoy has topped the 100 yard mark in 18 of his past 23 games ... McCoy had 113 yards on 8 fourth quarter carries ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) completed 22-of-36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns to become the fourth player in school history to top the 5,000 career passing yard mark ... Patterson, who went over the 5,000 yard mark on a 7 yard completion to Gianni Carter in the first quarter, has thrown for 5,191 yards and 52 touchdowns ... only Niel Loebig (10,254), Tony Zimmerman (7,313) and Dave Loya (6,180) have thrown for more yards ... and only Loebig (103) and Zimmerman (73) have tossed more TD passes ... Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) finished with a career high 14 tackles (10 solo) ... he also had 1.5 tackles for loss and turned in one of the biggest defensive plays of the game when he stripped the ball from Bryant's Jordan Brown at the 3-yard-line with the Dukes trailing 21-17 ... Bell's previous career high was 9 stops set last year at Albany ... he has 23 tackles in his past two games ... Chidozie Oparanozie (Pittsburgh, Pa./Linsly School) tied his career high with 13 stops (9 solo) ... Horvin Latimer (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) had a sack to go along with his second interception of the season ... Latimer finished with 7 tackles (5 solo) ... first-year Montana State transfer Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) caught 8 passes for 84 yards ... he has 13 catches for 197 yards in his past two games ... sophomore Noel Oduho (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), who entered the season with three career catches, added 6 receptions for 65 yards ... Odudo has 13 catches for 155 yards in his past two games.


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