@DUQFB Drops to 2-2 With a 17-14 Loss at Albany
Sept. 26, 2015
Duquesne’s football team held Albany to 32 yards rushing, but it was not enough as the Dukes fell to the Danes, 17-14 in front of 6,227 at Bob Ford Field. Duquesne fell to 2-2 on the season while UAlbany improved to 2-2.
After forcing an Albany punt on the first possession of the game, the Dukes marched 73 yards on 14 plays on its first possession and finished off the drive with a one-yard plunge into the endzone by Rafiq Douglas for a 7-0 lead with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Nearly 20 scoreless minutes passed before Albany’s Brad Harris hauled in a 34-yard pass from DJ Crook to tie the score at 7-7 with 1:43 left in the first half.
Duquesne then proceeded to move the ball upfield, culminating in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Buechel to King to make it 14-7 with 12 seconds left on the clock. On the drive, King also caught a 42-yard pass from Buechel to the Albany nine yard line to set up the score. Albany took a knee to end the half.
After receiving the kickoff to open the second half, DU punted after three plays, then forced UA to punt after three plays. However, the Dukes muffed the return and Albany recovered at the Duquesne 40. Six plays later, Crook connected with Zee Roberson from 29 yards out to knot the game at 14-14.
The Red and Blue went three and out again on its next possession and was forced to punt. Albany took advantage and made it 17-14 on a 28-yard field goal by Patrick Toole with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter.
The Dukes were held scoreless in the second half.
Buechel was 18-32 for 213 yards while Douglas led the DU rushers with 38 yards on 13 carries.
Defensively, Nathan Stone led the Red and Blue with eight tackles (6 solo) while Christian Kuntz and Zach Zidian each had seven stops. Kuntz, Jake Radziukinas and Andy Struttmann each recorded sacks.
The Dukes return to action on Saturday, Oct. 3 as they host Central Connecticut State in a noon kick-off.
Scoring by Quarters