Dukes Blank Wagner, 38-0
Oct. 7, 2017
PITTSBURGH -- Duquesne recorded its first shutout win since 2014 and Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) tallied a career-high 156 receiving yards with a pair of touchdown catches as the Dukes topped Wagner 38-0 on Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field.
Duquesne opened Northeast Conference (NEC) play with a win for the eighth straight season and earned its first shutout victory since defeating Robert Morris 22-0 on Nov. 22, 2014.
The Dukes pick up their fourth triumph in a row to improve to 4-1 on the year while the Seahawks fall to 2-4 and 0-2 in NEC action.
Following a muffed punt by Wagner early in the first quarter, A.J. Hines' (Wilson, N.C./Fike) 33-yard touchdown run put Duquesne ahead 7-0 on just the second play of the Dukes' drive.
Holding that 7-0 lead into the second quarter, Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) picked off Donald Glenn's pass and returned it 19 yards to the Seahawks' 20-yard line on Wagner's first possession of the period. This set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) to Crawford three plays later.
In the third quarter, following a Wagner turnover-on-downs, Stuart connected with Crawford on a season-long 79-yard touchdown play, extending the Dukes' advantage to 28-0 with 4:25 remaining in the period.
Duquesne opened the fourth quarter with a six-play, 61-yard drive resulting in the first career touchdown reception by Stew Allen (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) from 17 yards out to give Duquesne a 35-0 lead.
On the first play of Wagner's next drive, Jonathant Istache (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) forced a fumble which was recovered by Stephan Osong (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) at the Seahawks' 32-yard line. This set up the Dukes' final scoring drive of the afternoon, as Bryan Fegley (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) connected on his first career field goal from 20 yards out to push the final margin to 38-0.
Stuart completed 14-of-23 pass attempts for 238 yards and four touchdowns, while Crawford caught six passes for a career-best 156 yard and a pair of touchdowns.
Stuart has accounted for four total touchdowns in three straight games and has thrown for at least two scores in all five contests this season. Crawford now has three multi-touchdown games on the season and four for his career. The junior came into the game fifth in NCAA FCS in touchdown receptions on the year.
Hines, making his return to the Duquesne lineup after missing the last two games with an injury, rushed for a team-high 77 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland) paced the Dukes with eight tackles including seven solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Istache had seven solo tackles to go with an interception and a forced fumble on the afternoon, while Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) added seven tackles (five solo) in the victory.
Duquesne outgained Wagner 380-237 in the win, including a 238-84 yard margin through the air.
The Dukes return to action next week facing crosstown foe Robert Morris at 6 p.m. ET at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township.