DU Comeback At Fordham Falls Short, 41-34
Sept. 25, 2004
Bronx, New York - Duquesne rallied from a 22-point first half deficit to cut Fordham's lead to 35-32 at the start of the fourth quarter, but could get no closer in dropping a 41-34 decision to the Rams at Fordham's Jack Coffey Field.
Quarterback Niel Loebig threw a school record 61 passes and tied school marks for completions (29) and touchdown (5), but also threw six interceptions, including two on back-to-back passes in the fourth quarter for Duquesne.
Fordham quarterback Derric Daniels matched Loebig's five TD passes in a game that saw the two teams combine for 590 yards through the air.
Duquesne opened the scoring when Loebig found Michel Warfield in the right corner of the end zone to cap a 22 yard drive set up by a 27 yard James Benson punt return. The touchdown catch was the first of a school record-tying four for Warfield who finished the game with eight catches for 144 yards.
Fordham responded by scoring three touchdowns in the final 4:36 of the first quarter to take a 21-6 lead. Daniels, who finished the game 16-of-25 for 251 yards, hit James Caffarello with a 36-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to put the Rams up 28-6.
Duquesne was able to cut the lead to 28-12 when Loebig found Warfield from one-yard out with 43 seconds left in the half.
Loebig, who was picked off four times in the first half, rallied the Dukes in the third quarter by going 11-of-16 for 182 yards and throwing touchdown passes of 34 and 2 yards to Warfield and 29 yards to Bruce Hocker to cut the Fordham lead to 35-32.
Daniels came back to lead Fordham on a 49 yard drive that ended with Daniels connecting with Tristan Martin for a 4-yard score with just under 14 minutes left in the game to make it 41-32.
With Fordham about to up its lead to 10, Josh Antinopoulos broke through the middle of the line and blocked the Rams' extra point attempt. Armar Watson scooped up the loose ball and ran 80 yards for two points to cut the Fordham lead to 41-34. Duquesne then drove to the Fordham 32, but could not convert a fourth-and-seven to turn the ball over.
On DU's next two possessions, Loebig was picked off by Reshard Hicks and Alex Colson. The Dukes had one final chance, but Loebig couldn't connect with Chris Campbell on a fourth-and-six play at the Fordham 35 with just over two minutes to go.
The Rams' Jamaal Hunte led all ballcarriers with 91 yards on 27 carries. Duquesne was led by McCullough's 38 yards on 10 carries. Neither team enjoyed much success on the ground as Duquesne averaged 3.1 yards, and Fordham averaged 3.2 yards, per carry.
Tad Kornegay picked off three passes to lead the Fordham defense. Todd Mills led the Dukes with 9 solo stops. Loebig finished with 339 yards passing as the Dukes outgained the Rams 407-to-387. DU finished the game with six turnovers (all interceptions) to three for Fordham (two fumbles and an interception).
Duquesne (2-2) has a week off before they open MAAC play on Saturday, October 9th when Iona College (0-3) takes on the Dukes at 1:30 p.m. at Rooney Field.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL DUQUESNE 6 6 20 2 34 FORDHAM 21 7 7 6 41