Dukes Run Over Gaels, 42-14
Oct. 9, 2004
James Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns and Jeremy McCullough carried 16 times for a career-high 117 yards and a score to extend Duquesne's conference win streak to 30 games with a 42-14 win over Iona at Rooney Field.
Duquesne, which has not lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League game since October of 1999, used a dominating defense to also extend its home win streak to 14 games. The Dukes, who entered the game with just two rushing touchdowns on the season, scored five times on the ground in outgaining the Gaels 249 to minus 9.
For the game, DU enjoyed a 490-165 edge in total yards. Michael Hill and Josh Antinopoulos led a swarming Duquesne defense with nine tackles each. Ryan Tolan posted three of the Dukes' nine sacks in finishing with seven tackles. Duquesne finished the game with 21 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 107 yards.
The Dukes, who were coming off and off week, saw a pair of first quarter drives end with fumbles before hitting stride in the second quarter. Jacobs began a streak of three Duquesne touchdowns on consecutive possessions with a 3-yard run at the 7:07 mark. Dan Spriggs, who finished with a game-high seven catches for 71 yards, returned a punt 21 yards to set up a 23-yard drive capped by a one-yard plunge by fullback Michael Constantine. Spriggs then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Niel Loebig with 1:26 left to give the Dukes a 21-0 lead at the half.
Iona briefly cut the lead to 14 on a 45-yard run by Rudy Arcara before McCullough answered with a 29-yard touchdown run. Jacobs add two more scores in the fourth quarter before Dan Campbell caught a 15-yard pass from Michael Biehl to make the final score 42-14. Loebig, who completed passes to eight different receivers, was 19-of-36 for 241 yards for Duquesne. He also added a career-high 57 yards rushing on seven carries. Biehl, who was sacked eight times, finished 13-of-30 for 174 yards.
The Duquesne win was dampened by the loss of leading receiver Michel Warfield to a shoulder injury mid-way through the third quarter. Warfield, who had 4 catches for 67 yards at the time of the injury, did not return to the game.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 OT FINAL IONA 0 0 7 7 14 DUQUESNE 0 21 7 14 42