Dukes Use Big Fourth Quarter to Put Away Wagner, 34-7

Oct. 12, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Duquesne scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, including its first punt return for a score in 16 years, to put away Wagner, 34-7 in a Northeast Conference match up on Rooney Field.

The win was the second in a row for the Dukes (3-2, 1-0), while Wagner, the defending NEC champion, fell to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the NEC.

Duquesne led 10-7 before putting together a 64 yard drive capped by a 2 yard Ryan Ho touchdown run that made it 17-7 just over one minute into the fourth quarter.

Austin Crimmins kicked the second of his two field goals, this one from 23 yards, to make it 20-7 before Devin Rahming took a 52 yard A.J. Firestone punt and zigged-and-zagged his way down the field for a 62 yard touchdown.

Fullback Ethan Dorsey raced 40 yards for his first career rushing TD with 1:38 left to cap the scoring.

Duquesne held Wagner to 233 yards, including 92 in the second half. The Dukes finished with 316 yards including a season-high 127 on the ground.

Freshman Dillon Buechel completed a DU freshman record 25 passes for 189 yards for DU. Gianni Carter caught 8 passes for 51 yards to lead the Dukes' receivers. Jason Douglas paced the running game with 51 yards.

Rahming finished with 134 all-purpose yards on three catches and six punt returns.

Chris Johnson and Sam Martello led the defense with 8 tackles each. Zach Zidian, who had a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss, was one of three players with 7 stops each.

Duquesne got on the board first when Buechel, who completed seven of his first eight passes, found Chris King with a 12-yard touchdown pass on the Dukes' second possession.

The Dukes upped the lead to 10-0 on a 47-yard Crimmins field goal on the second play of the second quarter.

DU drove to the Wagner 36 before Jarrett Dieudonne picked off a Buechel pass and returned it to the Duquesne 44. Four plays later, Matthias McKinnon scored from 15 yards out to make it 10-7 with 9:35 left in the half.

One hundred thirty-seven of Duquesne's 169 first half yards came through the air, while 86 of Wagner's 141 yards in the opening 30 minutes came on the ground.

Duquesne gained 52 yards and Wagner 47 in a scoreless third quarter.

The Dukes ran four or fewer plays on six straight possessions before Ho's touchdown run. Ho's run was preceded by a 16-yard pass from Buechel to Rahming on 3rd-and-10.

DU turned a 23 yard Wagner punt and a 15 yard illegal use of hands penalty into Crimmins' field goal that upped the lead to 13.

The Dukes put it out of reach on Rahming's touchdown return, which was the first by a Duke since Joe Rosato took a punt 49 yards for a score at Iona on Nov. 1, 1997.

Duquesne continues conference play at cross-town rival Robert Morris (2-3, 0-0) next Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
WAGNER 0 7 0 0
DUQUESNE 7 3 0 24

1st	7:06	DUQ - King 12 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 7-53 (2:53) --- 7-0
2nd	14:48	DUQ - Crimmins 47 yd field goal, 11-49 (3:56) --- 10-0
	9:35	WC - McKinnon 15 yd run (Maley kick), 4-44 (0:54) --- 10-7
4th	13:59	DUQ - Ho 2 yd run (Crimmins kick), 11-64 (3:58) --- 17-7
        8:04	DUQ - Crimmins 23 yd field goal, 7-51 (3:48) --- 20-7
	6:38	DUQ - Rahming 62 yd punt return (Crimmins kick) --- 27-7
	1:38	DUQ - Dorsey 40 yd run (Crimmins kick), 1-40 (0:09) --- 34-7
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Douglas (13-51-0); WC - Williams (21-92-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (25-37-2-189-1); WC - Berg (13-29-1-87-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (8-51-0); WC - Watkins (6-24-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Johnson (8/5), Martello (8/5); WC - Wassel (9/7)

The win was Duquesne's fifth in the past seven meetings between the two ... DU now leads the series 5-4 (4-2 in NEC paly) ... the Dukes are now 5-1 in NEC openers including a 3-0 mark at home ... Duquesne's 27-point margin of victory was the largest by either team in the nine-game series history ... there were a total of 140 plays run in the game (68-316 by Duquesne and 72-233 by Wagner) ... DU held Wagner to three plays-and-out on seven of the Seahawks final eight possessions (the lone drive that was longer than three plays was halted by a Chris Johnson intercetption on play No. 5) ... junior receiver Devin Rahming (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef/Yuba College) finished with 134 all-purpose yards on 3 catches for 27 yards (both career highs) and 6 punt returns for 107 yards ... his 16-yard reception on the second play of the fourth quarter set up Ryan Ho's TD run that made it 17-7 ... his 62-yard punt return for a score with 6:38 left put the Dukes up 27-7 ... it was the first Duquesne punt return for a touchdown since Joe Rosato took one 49 yards for a score at Iona on Nov. 1, 1997 ... senior Jason Douglas (Opa-locka, Fla./Cypress Bay/Fullerton College), who set new career highs for rushes (13) and yards (51), ran for 48 yards on 11 carries in the second half ... freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) completed passes to eight receivers ... his 25 completions broke the freshman record of 23 set by Scott Knapp vs. Robert Morris in 2005 ... Buechel finished 25-of-37 for 189 yards and one TD ... sophomore receiver Dave Thomas (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) posted a career-high 6 catches for 42 yards ... Thomas' high school teammate, junior safety Chris Johnson (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic/Florida) finished with a career high 8 tackles ... the first-year Florida transfer also added his first career interception in the fourth quarter ... sophomore linebacker Sam Martello (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) also finished with 8 stops (5 solo) and forced a fumble ... sophomore defensive tackle Zach Zidian (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) had a career-high 7 tackles including a pair of tackles for loss (one sack).




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