Dukes Lambaste La Salle, 62-14
Sept. 27, 2003
Mike Hilliard rushed for a school record 323 yards and five touchdowns in leading Duquesne to a 62-14 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League win over La Salle. The victory extended Duquesne's MAAC win streak to 25 games.
Hillard, who scored on runs of 2, 40, 8, 2 and 2 yards, broke the old mark of 317 yards set by Josh Rue in 2001 on a 6-yard run with 5:00 left in the third quarter. Hilliard scored his school record and MAAC record-tying fifth touchdown on the next play before retiring for the evening.
Hilliard got the Dukes off to a quick start carrying five times for 46 yards and a 2-yard touchdown on Duquesne's second possession of the game to put the Dukes up 7-0. He added a 40-yard run for a score with 1:08 left in the first quarter to up the lead to 14-0.
Hilliard tied his previous career high of 205 yards with 7:07 left in the second quarter as La Salle struggled to stop Duquesne's ground game. Hilliard finished the first half with 240 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns. His yardage total was 32 yards short of tying the I-AA record for yards rushing in a first half, as the Dukes cruised to a 35-7 lead.
Matt Hrutkay scored on a 3-yard run before Hilliard's fifth TD made the score 48-7. Tim Broderick caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from back-up quarterback Ben Palumbo to make it 55-7 with 14:49 left. La Salle added a late score for the final margin. Duquesne outgained La Salle 582-267 on the evening. The Dukes' 457 rushing yards were the third-highest total ever posted by a MAAC team.
Duquesne, which enjoyed a 9:40 advantage in time of possession, averaged 7.6 yards per rush led by Hilliard's 10.4 yards per carry. Duquesne quarterback Niel Loebig was 10-of-17 for 108 yards and one touchdown. DU's Randy Vulakovich led all receivers with five catches for 39 yards. Ed Marynowitz completed 16-of-31 passes for 193 yards for La Salle. Javonn Bradley led the DU defense with 11 tackles as the Dukes dominated the line of scrimmage with 13 tackles for loss including six sacks.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 OT FINAL LA SALLE 0 7 0 7 14 DUQUESNE 14 21 13 14 62 LEADERS Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Hilliard (31-323-5); LAS - Sullivan (10-71-1) Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Loebig (17-10-2-108-1); LAS - Marynowitz (31-16-1-193-0) Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Vulakovich (5-39-0); LAS - Zabel (3-48-0) Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Bradley (11/6); LAS - Smith (11/6)
Duquesne Head Coach Greg Gattuso: "I'm proud of Mike. He turned some six yard runs into 20 yard runs. He ran very well at Bucknell and got 100 yards against a good team at Penn so it really didn't surprise me. We really wanted to establish the running game tonight. That's something we need to do to be a championship team." "This was a good game for us confidence-wise."
Running Back Mike Hilliard: "They ran a similar defense to the one we saw last week at Penn. I think that made it easier for us to prepare. "I was struggling the first quarter. I thought it was something I ate for dinner. I started feeling better in the second quarter. I had no idea how many yards I had until late in the second quarter when someone on the sideline said I was close to the I-AA record for yards in a half. I kind of wish I didn't know. "I wasn't getting hit sometimes until I got the safeties. There were some huge holes. The offensive line really got a great push off the ball. They did a tremendous job today. "Records are nice to have, but it was more important for the team to bounce back this week after the loss to Penn."
The victory extended Duquesne's MAAC winning streak to 25 games ... senior running back Mike Hilliard (Homer City, Pa./Homer Center) led all rushers with a school record 323 yards on 31 carries ... he also scored a school record five rushing touchdowns (2, 40, 8, 2, 2) ... Hillard's rushing total was second only to Siena's Reggie Greene's 379 yards at St. John's on Nov. 2, 1996 in the MAAC record book ... his five TDs tied the league mark ... Hilliard tied his previous career high of 205 yard with 7:07 to go in the second quarter ... his 240 yards at the half were 32 shy of the NCAA Division I-AA record for yards in a first half of 272 set by Towson's Tony Vinson vs. Morgan State on Nov. 20, 1993 ... Hilliard broke the school record on a six-yard run with 5:00 left in the third quarter ... he scored his fifth TD of the game on the next play before calling it a night ... it was the second consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Hilliard and the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career ... Duquesne finished the game with 13 tackles for loss including six sacks ... Antoine Bullock (Houston, Texas/Sugar Land Kempner) led the way with two sacks ... Javonn Bradley (Rochester, Pa./Rochester) led the Dukes with 11 tackles including three tackles for loss and a sack ... DU held La Salle to 33 yards rushing on 22 first-half attempts ... the Dukes finished the game with 582 total yards, including 457 on the ground ... the rushing total was the third-highest ever posted by a MAAC team.