Patterson Passes Dukes Past Saint Francis 41-14
Connor Dixon caught four passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-14 win.

Sept. 24, 2011

Box Score

LORETTO, PA - In a matchup of the NEC's top two running backs, it was Duquesne quarterback Sean Patterson who stole the spotlight with four first-half touchdown passes as Duquesne opened Northeast Conference play with a 41-14 win at Saint Francis, Pa.

Patterson, who finished with a season-high 290 yards, threw touchdowns of 87, 40, 17 and 50 yards in the first half as the Dukes (3-1, 1-0) scored on six of seven possessions in rolling up 553 yards of total offense.

Saint Francis dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the NEC.

Duquesne's Larry McCoy, who entered the game ranked sixth in the FCS in rushing at 129.7 yards per game, outgained Saint Francis' Kyle Harbridge 153-76. Harbridge entered the game as the leading rusher in all levels of NCAA Divsion I with a 180.3 ypg. average.

McCoy reached the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in as many games on his 12th carry - a seven-yard run in the second quarter.

Duquesne's defense was outstanding in holding the Red Flash to 182 yards, including just 45 through the air. SFU had 99 yards before the Dukes went to their second team defense after three quarters.

Patterson hit Connor Dixon with a 41 yard pass on the game's first play to set up a 40 yard Charlie Leventry field goal that gave Duquesne a 3-0 lead less than two minutes in.

DU made it scores on consecutive possessions when Leventry added a 33 yard field goal at the 7:53 mark.

Saint Francis, which went three-and-out on its first two possessions, caught the first break of the game when Serge Kona fumbled a punt on the Duquesne 14 yard line.



Five plays later, quarterback John Kelly punched it in from one yard out to give the Red Flash a 7-6 lead.

The lead was short-lived as Patterson found Dixon for an 87 yard touchdown on the next play to put the Dukes up 13-7 with 3:09 to go in the first quarter.

Jared Williams intercepted a Saint Francis flea flicker attempt to set up Patterson-to-Dixon again, this time for a 40 yard score.

Dixon, who had three catches for 168 in the opening quarter, finished with 175 yards on four receptions.

Khiry Carter picked off back-up quarterback Corey Nielsen on the first play of the second quarter leading to a 17 yard Patterson to Brian Layhue touchdown that made it 27-7.

DU added another long-distance score when Isaac Spragg took a swing pass 50 yards for a score to make it 34-7 at the half.

The Dukes outgained the Red Flash 442-79 in the opening 30 minutes.

McCoy capped a nearly seven minute drive with a two yard plunge to make it 41-7 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

Outside linebacker Chris Oliver led the Dukes in tackles for the third consecutive game with eight stops. Fellow linebackers Horvin Latimer and Chidozie Oparanozie added seven tackles each.

Duquesne plays its first home NEC game next weekend when it welcomes Bryant (3-1, 2-0) to Rooney Field for Homecoming. Game time is set for 1:10 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 20 14 7 0

13:47 DUQ - Leventry 40 yd field goal, 5-47 (1:13) --- 3-0
7:53 DUQ - Leventry 33 yd field goal, 6-25 (3:37) --- 6-0
3:27 SFU - Kelly 1 yd run (Thiel kick), 5-14 (2:39) --- 6-7
3:09 DUQ - Dixon 87 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 1-87 (:18) --- 13-7
0:47 DUQ - Dixon 40 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 3-59 (:45) --- 20-7
11:13 DUQ - Layhue 17 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 9-71 (3:41) --- 27-7
1:36 DUQ - Spragg 50 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 4-80 (1:54) --- 34-7
5:46 DUQ - McCoy 2 yd run (Leventry kick), 12-80 (6:47) --- 41-7
3:25 SFU - Wade 1 yd run (Thiel kick), 11-67 (5:19) --- 41-14

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - McCoy (23-153-1); SFU - Harbridge (21-76-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (10-19-0-290-4); SFU - Kelly (4-14-1-9-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Dixon (4-175-2); SFU - Harbridge (3-7-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Oliver (8/1); SFU - Bowman (16/3)

Duquesne is 3-1 in NEC openers under Jerry Schmitt (1-1 when opening on the road) ... the Dukes now lead the all-time series with Saint Francis 32-6, including a 15-4 advantage in games played at Loretto ... DU leads 3-1 in NEC play ... Duquesne outgained Saint Francis 442-79 in jumping out to a 34-7 first half lead ... DU scored on six of seven first half possessions with one ending with a fumble at the SFU 12 ... Duquesne didn't punt until the 3:05 mark of the third quarter ... the first team offense rolled up 532 total yards in three quarters before giving way to the second and third units ... junior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit), who threw for a career-high five touchdowns in last year's 41-17 win over Saint Francis, completed 10-of-19 passes for a season-high 290 yards and four touchdowns (87, 40, 17, 50) in three quarters of action ... it was the 10th multiple-touchdown pass game of his career and third in four starts in 2011 ... Patterson has 10 TD passes in four games ... Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) caught four passes for a career-high 175 yards ... the 6-5, 212-pound graduate student's previous best was 117 yards at Delaware last season ... the 175 yards were the most by a Duquesne receiver since Bruce Hocker caught seven passes for 177 yards vs. West Liberty State in 2006 ... junior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) carried 23 times for 153 yards before calling it a day in the third quarter ... it was his tenth 100-yard game in his past 12 outings and 14th of his career ... with the 153 yards McCoy passed Mike Haines (2,588 from 1991-93) and Sean McDonough (2,605 from 1986-88) to move into the No. 4 spot on DU's all-time rushing list with 2,640 yards ... McCoy has topped the 100 yard mark in all four games this season ... senior Isaac Spragg (Westfield, Va./Valley Forge Military Academy) continued his strong start with four catches for 84 yards ... Spragg has a team-high 25 catches for 323 yards in four games ... he entered the season with eight catches in 22 career games ... senior linebacker Chris Oliver (Washington, D.C./Calvin Coolidge) led the Dukes in tackles for the third consecutive game with eight (he also had nine last week at Dayton) ... the Dukes were without six starters/key reserves: WR Akeem Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) out for season with torn ACL; RB Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools) out for season with dislocated ankle; WR David Thomas (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) out for season with broken foot; DE Reggie Eiland Accokeek, Md./Gwynn Park) out indefinitely with an ankle injury, LB Tyler Zimmer (Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford) out indefinitely with an ankle injury and RB Bill Bair (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) out due to a secondary NCAA rules violation.


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