Junior placekicker Earl Bellisario
Oct. 5, 2002
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.
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
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