The D Scores Three as Dukes Down West Liberty, 27-14

Oct. 5, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne defense scored three times in the final 4:09 of the first quarter to power the Dukes to a 27-14 win over Division II West Liberty at Rooney Field.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Dukes (2-2) who scored twice via interception and once on a fumble return after falling behind 7-0. The loss was the second in a row for WLU (2-3).

The Hilltoppers jumped on the Dukes early, when Omar Crawford stepped in front of a Dillon Buechel pass on the third play from scrimmage and returned it 12 yards to the DU 15. On the next play, Tyler Tucci hit Dylan Potts with a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.

Duquesne tied it nine minutes later when Nick Floyd picked off a Tucci pass and raced 71 yards down the sideline to make it 7-7 with 4:09 left in the first quarter.

The DU defense made it two scores in under two minutes, when a blitzing Christian Kuntz forced a Tucci fumble that was covered by Zach Zidian in the end zone to make it 14-7 with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

Defensive end Dane O'Driscoll then picked off Tucci again and rumbled 33 yards for a score as time expired to make it 20-7 after 15 minutes.

Duquesne moved inside the WLU 20 in both the second and third quarter, but turned it over twice via interception

It wasn't until the 13:14 mark of the third quarter that either offense managed a score when Buechel capped an 80 yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris King to make it 27-7.

King, who set career highs for catches (10) and receiving yards (127) was the offensive star for the Dukes. Buechel completed 17-of-26 passes for 193 yards. Ryan Ho ran for 70 yards for Duquesne, which posted a season-high 113 yards on the ground.

WLU's Dylan Lagarde - who relieved Tucci in the second quarter - hit Potts with a 48-yard touchdown pass with just under four minutes left to close out the scoring.

Kuntz finished with a team-high 8 tackles for Duquesne. Four of his tackles - including a pair of sacks - were for losses totaling 11 yards. Linebackers Dorian Bell and Aaron Reed added 7 stops each for the Dukes.

Duquesne opens Northeast Conference play next Saturday with a Homecoming match-up against defending NEC champion Wagner at 1:10 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 20 0 0 7
1st Quarter 13:31 WLU - Potts 15 yd pass from Tucci (Arbes kick), 1-15 (0:07) --- 0-7 4:09 DUQ - Floyd 71 yd interception return (Crimmins kick) --- 7-7 2:38 DUQ - Zidian 0 yd fumble recovery (Crimmins kick) --- 14-7 0:00 DUQ - O'Driscoll 33 yd interception return (Crimmins kick failed) --- 20-7 4th Quarter 13:14 DUQ - King 18 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 7-80 (2:54) --- 27-7 3:53 WLU - Potts 48 yd pass from Lagarde (Arbes kick), 2-54 (0:33) --- 27-14
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (18-70-0); WLU - Bishop (22-81-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (17-26-3-193-1); WLU - Lagarde (14-23-0-142-1)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - King (10-127-1); WLU - Potts (8-94-2)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Kuntz (8/6); WLU - Faraimo (10/8)

With the win, Duquesne evened the all-time series at 1-1 ... in addition, ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt passed the legendary Elmer Layden to take sole possession of the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time victory list with 49 ... Schmitt, who has guided Duquesne's transition to scholarship-granting program, is now 49-39-0 at DU ... DU rushed for a season-high 113 yards on 36 attempts ... the previous high was 89 yards on 38 carries in the season-opening win over Albany ... the Dukes, who entered the game as one of five FCS teams who were perfect in the red zone this season (8-of-8), turned it over twice via interception inside the WLU 20 (at the 10 and 18), before posting a fourth quarter TD on an 80-yard drive ... sophomore Chris King (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic), who posted career highs for catches (6) and yards (101) in DU's last game at Youngstown State, set new career highs for both with 10 catches for 127 yards, including an 18-yard TD ... King had 6 receptions for 57 yards in the first half ... King was the first Duke since Dave Williams (11-145-1 at Bucknell on Sept. 5, 2009) to post 10 receptions in a game ... sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) finished with a team-high 8 tackles, 4.0 of which accounted for 11 yards in losses, including 2.0 sacks ... his first sack resulted a fumble that was recovered by Zach Zidian for a touchdown that gave the Dukes a 14-7 lead ... senior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and sophomore linebacker Aaron Reed (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) had 7 tackles each ... preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist), who finished with 3 catches for 40 yards, saw a streak of three consecutive 100-yard games snapped ... it was the first time in 14 games he has been held under 60 yards receiving.




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