Dukes Down RMU 51-14 for Fifth Straight Win
Oct. 14, 2017
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) threw for a career-high five touchdowns to help Duquesne earn a 51-14 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday night at Joe Walton Stadium.
The Dukes with their fifth game in a row to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play while the Colonials fall to 2-4 and 0-1, respectively.
Duquesne's five-game winning streak is the Dukes' longest since winning five consecutive games to close out the 2011 campaign.
Stuart has now thrown for at least four touchdowns in three straight games. The graduate transfer has 20 touchdown passes through the first six games of the year.
The Colonials got on the board first when Drew Allen returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown, giving Robert Morris a 7-0 lead with 7:47 to play in the first quarter.
The Dukes would respond with 44 unanswered points, 34 of which came in the first half en route to the triumph.
Duquesne knotted the score at 7-7 when Stuart connected with sophomore wide receiver Kellon Taylor (Landover, Md./DeMatha Catholic) on a 23-yard touchdown strike with just over three minutes remaining in the opening period.
On the first play of the second quarter, Stuart found junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) on a 17-yard touchdown pass to give Duquesne its first advantage of the night at 14-7.
Following a Robert Morris missed
Duquesne pushed its edge to 27-7 on senior wide receiver Thomas Lucas' (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch/Connecticut) first career touchdown reception with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter.
After the Dukes forced a Colonial three-and-out, Duquesne would take over with just 1:03 to play in the stanza. Stuart then marched the Dukes 67 yards on six plays, a drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia), giving Duquesne a 34-7 halftime lead.
The Dukes opened the second half with 10 straight points, including junior running back P.J. Fulmore's (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) first touchdown of the season on a two-yard rush and a 25-yard field goal by freshman Jacob Gill (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland), pushing the Duquesne advantage to 44-7.
The Colonials answered with a seven-play, 75-yard drive resulting in a one-yard touchdown rush by Harrison Dreher with just over 10 minutes to play in the contest to shrink the deficit to 44-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, freshman defensive back Aaron Morton (Royersford, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) picked off a Robert Morris pass and returned it 64 yards for the Duquesne touchdown, pushing the final margin to 51-14.
The Dukes outgained Robert Morris 457-248 in the victory with advantages of 238-86 on the ground and 219-162 through the air. The Duquesne defense held the Colonials
Crawford, who came into the contest ranking second in the FCS in touchdown receptions, now has ten receiving scores on the season. He has caught a touchdown pass in all six games this season with four multi-touchdown performances. Crawford finished with seven passes for 96 yards on the night.
Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) rushed for a game-high 130 yards in the win. He now has nine career 100-yard rushing games.
Duquesne has now won five straight against the Colonials. The Dukes' 37-point margin of victory is the highest in series history, besting Duquesne's 45-10 win over Robert Morris on Nov. 19,
The Dukes return home to host St. Francis next Saturday, Oct. 21. The pivotal NEC matchup is slated for a noon ET kickoff at Rooney Field. The game is set to air on ESPN3.