Dukes Rally For 14-3 Win Over St. Peter's
Oct. 12, 2002
Jersey City, New Jersey -- Duquesne rallied for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to extend its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League winning streak to 19 games with a 14-3 win at Saint Peter's.
The victory upped DU's overall record to 6-0 and left the Dukes atop the MAAC standings with a 3-0 mark. Saint Peter's, who entered the game with a 3-0 conference record, dropped to 4-3 overall.
The game, played in a steady drizzle, was scoreless until late in the third quarter when Saint Peter's Alfredo Pascal forced a Kyle Postell fumble that was recovered by SPC's Jon Ambrose at the DU 31. The Peacocks advanced to the 13 before Duquesne stuffed Andre Harris on a third-and-10 play setting up a 30-yard field goal by Saint Peter's James Galea.
The Saint Peter's score served as a wake-up call for the Dukes, who answered with impressive back-to-back touchdown drives.
Following the field goal, DU quarterback Niel Loebig, who was just 5-of-13 for 45 yards in the opening half, completed 5-of-7 passes for 62 yards in leading the Dukes on a 14-play, 77 yard drive capped by a quarterback sneak from one yard out to give the Dukes a 7-3 lead with 11:06 remaining. Facing a third-and-nine at the Saint Peter's 24, Loebig hit Jeremy Conley on a slant and watched as Conley dragged a number of Saint Peter's defenders with him to the one-yard line setting up the score.
On DU's next
possession, Loebig was 3-of-3 for 66 yards as the Dukes ripped off 73 yards
on eight plays to take a 14-3 lead on a five-yard run by Mike Hilliard.
Hilliard was the workhorse for Dukes carrying 35 times for 133 yards. Both
the carries and yardage were career highs for the junior tailback.
who caught five passes for 84 yards on Duquesne's two scoring drives,
finished the afternoon with six catches for 91 yards.
Duquesne's defense was outstanding all day, limiting the Peacocks to 128 total yards and eight first downs. The Dukes held Saint Peter's to minus four yards passing on nine attempts and intercepted two Peacock passes. Mitch Zobb, who posted one of the interceptions, and Harry Carter paced the Dukes with nine tackles each. John Rodgers and Bill Arbogast added eight stops each for DU. Trent Wissner had the other pick for the Red and Blue
The Dukes return home next Saturday, October 19, 2002, for a matchup witb returning MAAC member St. John's (1-4, 1-2 MAAC) at 1:30 p.m. on Rooney Field.