Dukes comeback falls short in 38-31 loss at CCSU

Oct. 13, 2012

Box Score

NEW BRITAIN< CONN. - Duquesne rallied from a 17-0 deficit to tie the game late in the third quarter, but could never gain the lead in seeing its Northeast Conference win streak snapped at seven in a 38-31 loss at Central Connecticut State.

The win was the first of the season for the Blue Devils (1-5, 1-2) who entered the game looking to avoid the school's first six-game losing streak since 1986.

DU dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the NEC.

Sean Patterson threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to counteract 495 yards of total offense for CCSU. Ryan Ho, who rushed for a career-high 78 yards in place of injured Larry McCoy, ran for one touchdown and caught a scoring pass for DU. Sean Brady added two TD receptions for the Dukes who finished with 376 yards of total offense.

Andrew Clements threw for one touchdown and ran for two more and Rob Hollomon ran for 164 yards and a score to lead CCSU.

Ho, making his first career start, fumbled on the Dukes' first possession, setting up a 22 yard Juan Duque field goal. The lead was CCSU's first in any game this season.

DU appeared to have CCSU stopped on its next drive when Clements, who was on the field as part of the field goal unit, took a handoff from Duque and hit tight end Eric McGlone with a 20 yard pass to the one. Clements plunged in on the next play to put the Blue Devils up 10-0 with 6:58 to go in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils made it three scores in three possessions when Clements capped a 70 yard drive with a 7 yard run to put DU in a 17-0 hole early in the second quarter.

The Dukes turned thier first defensive stop into a 2 yard Ho touchdown run to make it 17-7 with 6:17 left in the half. Patterson found Gianni Carter for a gain of 22 yards on a 4th-and-4 play from the CCSU 37 to set up the score.

Patterson hit Brady with a 5 yard touchdown pass on DU's first possession of the second half and Leventry added a 30 yard field goal to tie it with 5:06 to go in the third quarter.

With momentum in DU's favor, the Blue Devils mounted a 75 yard drive that ended with a 34 yard pass from Clements to Deven Baker to take a 24-17 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Leventry completed a 27 yard pass to Brian Pommerer out of punt formation that would have given the Dukes the ball at the CCSU 29 but an illegal man downfield nullified the play.

CCSU took advantage of the penalty to go 61 yards in 6 plays to take a 31-17 lead on a 14 yard run by Nate Pagan one minute into the fourth quarter.

Derrick Lakins came up big on CCSU's next possession, when he forced a Clements fumble that was recovered by Horvin Latimer deep in Blue Devils territory. Patterson hit Ho with a 17 yard TD pass on the next play to cut the lead to seven with 10:42 left.

Clements answered with a big play of his own as he scrambled from sideline to sideline before finding Thomas Tarantino behind the DU secondary for a 42 yard gain to the Dukes 32. Two plays later Hollomon scored from 29 yards out to make it 38-24.

The Dukes answered quickly when Patterson hit Brady with a 25 yard TD pass to end a drive that covered 65 yards in 1:41.

DU forced a punt and - aided by a hands to the face penalty on CCSU - took over on its 44 with 1:49 left. Patterson hit Carter for five yards to convert a 4th-and-4 and move the Dukes into Blue Devils territory, but two incompletions and a sack set up a 4th-and-17 pass that was broken up at the DU 25 with 19 seconds left.

Duquesne returns home for the first of back-to-back home games when it takes on Sacred Heart on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:10 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 0 7 10 14
CCSU 10 7 7 14

11:29 -- CCSU - Duque 22 yd field goal, 5-25 (1:35) --- 0-3
6:58 -- CCSU - Clements 1 yd run (Duque kick), 10-79 (3:32) --- 0-10
12:29 -- CCSU - Clements 7 yd run (Duque kick), 13-70 (5:29) --- 0-17
6:17 -- DUQ - Ho 2 yd run (Leventry kick), 7-53 (2:02) --- 7-17
8:30 -- DUQ - Brady 5 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 12-56 (5:05) --- 14-17
5:06 -- DUQ - Leventry 30 yd field goal, 5-48 (2:25) --- 17-17
2:49 -- CCSU - Baker 34 yd pass from Clements (Duque kick), 7-75 (2:13) --- 17-24
14:01 -- CCSU - Pagan 14 yd run (Duque kick), 6-61, (1:59) --- 17-31
10:42 -- DUQ - Ho 17 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 1-17 (0:04) --- 24-31
8:17 -- CCSU - Hollomon 29 yd run (Duque kick), 5-80 (2:19) --- 24-38
6:29 -- DUQ - Brady 25 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 7-65 (1:41) --- 31-38

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (19-78-1); CCSU - Hollomon (23-164-1)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (21-40-0-248-3); CCSU - Clements (14-22-0-188-1)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Carter (7-93-0), Brady (5-59-2); CCSU - Baker (4-79-1)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Bell (15/6), Kona (13/7); CCSU - Atkinson (9/3)

The loss snapped Duquesne's seven-game NEC win streak ... the Dukes are now 0-4 all-time at CCSU's Arute Field ... DU, which fell behind 17-0 early in the second quarter, tied it at 17-17 with 5:06 left in the third ... Duquesne never led ... CCSU's 293 yards rushing were a DU opponent high (previous was 231 by Old Dominion) ... DU and CCSU ran 75 plays each ... the Dukes were without senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe), who is recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 29 win over Saint Francis ... McCoy, who ran for a career-high 246 yards in his last trip to CCSU, entered the weekend ranked 11th nationally with a 124 yards per game rushing average ... he needs 162 to pass Donte Small (4,260 from 1998-91) and become DU's all-time leading rusher ... McCoy's rushing total currently stands at 4,099 ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) threw for a season-high three scores (5, 18, 25) ... Patterson, who was 21-of-40 for 248 yards, moved into the No. 2 spot on DU's career completions list with 450 ... he trails only school record holder Niel Loebig (705 completions from 2001-04) ... Patterson has completed 450-of-793 passes (.567) for 5,690 yards and 55 TDs for his career ... his 40 attempts at CCSU tied his career high ... junior receiver Sean Brady (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius), who entered the season with one career reception, had 5 catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns (5, 25) ... Brady has 26 catches for 329 yards through six games ... junior running back Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools), who missed last season with an ankle injury, set career highs for carries (19) and yards (78) in his first career start at running back ... Ho added an 18-yard fourth quarter TD reception that pulled the Dukes within seven (31-24) with 10:42 left ... Ho had never carried more than 10 times in a game ... junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) posted a game-high 15 tackles (6 solo) ... the 15 stops were the most by a DU player this season ... it was his third consecutive double-digit tackle game (preceded 14 at Bryant and 12 vs. Saint Francis) ... he has 50 tackles in his past four games ... senior All-American safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) had a season-high and career-high 13 tackles (7 solo).




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