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Duquesne 23, Lafayette 22
Junior placekicker Earl Bellisario
 
Junior placekicker Earl Bellisario
 

Oct. 5, 2002

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  • Earl Bellisario's (Oakmont, Pa./Riverview) 24-yard field goal with :10 left marked the second consecutive week the Dukes scored in the final 10 seconds to pull out a win. Last week QB Niel Loebig hit WR Jeremy Conley with a 10-yard TD pass with :09 left to give DU a 35-28 win at Dayton.

  • Duquesne trailed for the first time this season when Lafayette's Archie Fisher returned a blocked punt 26 yards for a score with 9:15 left in the first quarter.

  • Senior wide receiver Jeremy Conley (Pittsburgh, Pa./Allderdice), who set a school record with 245 receiving yards in last week's win at Dayton, added the single game reception record with 13 catches for 154 yards vs. Lafayette. The old record of 11 catches was set by Gerald Foster at Bucknell in 1999.

  • Sophomore quarterback Niel Loebig (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette), who briefly left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, completed 29-of-54 passes for 349 yards and two scores (20, 6). Loebig's 29 completions and 54 attempts were both DU single-game records. The sophomore, who completed 4-of-7 passes for 66 yards on DU's game-winning drive, has now thrown for two or more TDs in 13 of 15 regular-season starts.

  • Junior receiver Yardon Brantley (Reading, Pa./Reading Central Catholic) caught 7 passes for 64 yards including a 6-yard TD on fourth-and-goal to give the Dukes a 20-19 lead with 4:29 left. Brantley now has 20 catches in DU's last three games.

  • Junior safety Tim Pichette (Boardman, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) led the Dukes with a career high-tying 10 tackles
     

     

  • Lafayette scored all 22 of its points following Duquesne turnovers

  • DU was intercepted three times, had two punts blocked and fumbled a snap on a field goal attempt on the afternoon. On the other hand, the Dukes scored all but their final three points following Lafayette turnovers (two interceptions and two fumble recoveries).
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