Dukes Topple Iona, 42-29
Oct. 11, 2003
New Rochelle, N.Y. - Duquesne, behind three long scoring passes from quarterback Niel Loebig, extended its MAAC win streak to 27 games with a 42-29 win at Iona.
Loebig, who completed 18-of-34 passes for 370 yards on the afternoon, piloted three one-play scoring drives consisting of a 59 yard TD pass to Yardon Brantley and 77 & 39 yard scoring strikes to Michel Warfield. Mike Hilliard, who carried 29 times for 95 yards for Duquesne, added rushing touchdowns of 6 and 20 yards.
Duquesne got on the board first when holder Patrick Schrey scored from nine yards out on a fake field goal with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. Middle linebacker Harry Carter set up Hilliard's first touchdown with his first of two interceptions on the afternoon, this one at the Iona 23. Loebig then hit Brantley to make the score 21-0 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.
Iona answered with an 80-yard drive capped by a 26 run by Nat Modica. On the next play, Loebig hit Warfield from 77 yards out to up Duquesne's lead to 28-7. Iona wasn't finished as Billy Brieden hit Danny Calacione with an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to cut the lead to 28-14 at the half.
Duquesne's kicking game handed the Gaels nine points in the third quarter, two on a punt snap that went out of the end zone and seven more on a muffed punt return that Iona recovered for a touchdown to make the score 28-23.
The Dukes responded to the Iona challenge by driving 53 yards on four plays with Hilliard scoring from 20 yards out to make the score 35-23. Less than two minutes later, Loebig hit Warfield from 39 yards out to make the score 42-23. Iona blocked a Duquesne punt to set up a 12-yard scoring drive with three minutes left for the final margin.
Warfield led the Dukes with 156 yards on three catches, while Brantley posted his first 100-yard receiving game of the season with 6 catches for 104 yards. Modica was the game's leading rusher with 135 yards on 39 carries for Iona. Calacione caught 6 passes for 109 yards for the Gaels.
Harry Carter led Duquesne's defense with a game and career high 17 tackles and two interceptions. Ryan Tolan and Josh Antinopoulos added 13 and 12 stops respectively. Antinopoulos and Armando Perez had three tackles for loss each with Perez finishing with 2.0 sacks on the afternoon.
The Dukes outgained the Gaels 447-374 despite running 12 fewer plays.
The Dukes return to the field next Saturday, Oct. 18 when they host St. Peter's for Homecoming at 1:35 pm on Rooney Field.
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