@DUQFB Wins NEC Opener Over Visiting Central Connecticut, 27-10
Oct. 3, 2015
Duquesne got a career-high 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns from senior Klartel Claridy as well as a career-high 83 yards rushing and a score from sophomore Rafiq Douglas in winning its Northeast Conference opener, 27-10 over visiting Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon on Rooney Field.
The Dukes, who posted 524 yards of total offense, improved to 3-2 (2-1 NEC) in winning its sixth straight NEC opener, improving to 7-1 all-time. CCSU fell to 1-4 (0-1).
After three combined scoreless drives to open the game, the Dukes lit the scoreboard first as Claridy ran it in from two yards out, capping an 11-play, 54-yard drive to give DU a 7-0 lead at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter.
Following a Blue Devils fumble on their next possesion, Claridy found paydirt again, this time from the one yard line to give Duquesne a 14-0 advantage with 4:17 left in the first.
CCSU narrowed its deficit to 14-10 at halftime though on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Dolegala to Courtney Rush near the end of the first quarter and a 19-yard field goal by Ed Groth with 1:44 remaining in the first half.
Duquesne opened the second half scoring as Douglas scored on a four yard rush to make it 21-10 at the 10:32 mark of the third quarter. DU kicker Austin Crimmins scored the final six points of the game on a 30-yard, third quarter field goal and a 23-yard, fourth quarter field goal.
Defensively, Trenton Coles hauled in two interceptions, Christian Kuntz had a sack for a loss of eight yards as well as a fumble recovery and Troy Gethers and Andy Struttmann each had forced fumbles. Abner Roberts led the way with seven tackles (6 solo). It was the second straight game the Dukes held an opponent under 100 yards rushing.
The Dukes return to action on Saturday, Oct. 10 as they host Alderson Broaddus on Homecoming weekend in a 1:00 pm kickoff.
Scoring by Quarters