Dukes Fall to Albany, 38-10
Oct. 8, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany jumped on Duquesne early, scoring on its first three possessions, in ending the Dukes' win streak at four with a 38-10 win at University Field.
The Great Danes shredded a DU defense that entered the game ranked second nationally (259.6 ypg.) with 468 yards of total offense, including 201 in the first quarter.
Dan Di Lella completed 19-of-25 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 90 more as the Great Danes moved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the NEC.
Duquesne, which hadn't lost since a season-opening 27-26 defeat at Bucknell, dropped to 4-2 including 2-1 in conference play.
Duquesne running back Larry McCoy, who entered the game ranked third nationally at 139 yards rushing per game, was held to 75 yards on 20 carries. It was the first time the junior was held under 100 this season. Drew Smith had 101 yards on 23 carries for UA.
DU quarterback Sean Patterson was picked off three times in throwing for a season low 144 yards.
Albany scored on its opening possession when Smith capped a 57 yard drive with a one-yard plunge. The Great Danes made it two scores in 2:14 when they turned a Patterson interception - the first of five DU turnovers on the afternoon - into a one yard Di Lella to Paul Booker touchdown pass. Dillon Romain added a one yard run to make it 21-0 before the Dukes registered a first down.
Albany outgained Duquesne 201-25 and had a 13-0 advantage in first downs in the first quarter.
Herb Glass tacked on a 37 yard field goal to make it 24-0 at the half.
Charlie Leventry broke up the shutout with a career-long 41 yard field goal on DU's first possession of the second half.
DU pulled within 14 when Patterson found Connor Dixon from 35 yards out to make it 24-10 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.
Albany regained momentum by converting a fake punt on 4th-and-6 that led to an eight yard Di Lella to Cole King touchdown pass two plays later that made it 31-10.
Duquesne, following a long kickoff return aided by a penalty, moved to the Albany 23 before a McCoy fumble gave it back to the Great Danes.
UA's Buddy Leathley closed out the scoring with a one yard run with 2:44 left.
Horvin Latimer finished with a career-high 18 tackles (six solo) for Duquesne.
Duquesne returns home to face NEC preseason favorite Central Connecticut State (2-3, 1-2) next Saturday at 12:10 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters