Late Stop and Score Lift Dukes to 28-21 win over CCSU
Oct. 15, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Sean Patterson scored on a 4 yard run with 42 seconds left to cap a 90 yard drive and give Duquesne a 28-21 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut State.
The win, Duquesne's first in five tries against CCSU, upped the Dukes' record to 5-2 (3-1 NEC). The loss was the fourth in a row for the Blue Devils who dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEC.
Gunnar Jespersen hit Raul DeBennendittis with a 16 pass to Duquesne 10 with just over five minutes left when Jared Williams stripped the ball and in a wild scramble Chris Oliver emerged with the ball to set up the game-winning drive.
Khiry Carter ended CCSU's last scoring chance with an interception of a desperation pass in the end zone with three seconds left.
Patterson, who had a 42 yard run during the Dukes' final drive, finished with a career-high 111 yards rushing on 12 carries. Larry McCoy added 97 yards and two touchdowns for DU.
Jespersen carried 26 times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns for CCSU as both teams relied heavily on the ground game as winds gusted to 30-plus miles per hour throughout the afternoon.
The Dukes scored on their first possession when McCoy capped a 71 yard drive with a 10 yard run. Patterson converted a 4th-and-6 with an 18 yard run to the CCSU 10 to keep the drive alive.
Central Connecticut State answered with a long drive of its own, covering 74 yards in 18 plays with Jespersen scoring on a one-yard run to tie it at 7-7. The Blue Devils converted a pair of fourth down plays on the drive.
Patterson weaved through the CCSU defense to score on a 32 yard run on the third play of the second quarter, giving the Dukes scores on their first two possessions.
CCSU tied it on an 8 yard run by Xavier Gaddy with 14 seconds left in the half.
McCoy scored on a 5 yard run two plays after CCSU punter Steven Calitri took a knee while fielding a low snap at the DU 22.
The Blue Devils responded with another 1 yard Jespersen dive with 2:02 left in the third quarter to tie it once again.
CCSU, which enjoyed a 38:16 to 21:44 advantage in time of possession, outgained Duquesne 385-279 but managed only seven points in the second half.
Duquesne completes its two-game homestand against Wagner (1-5, 1-2) next Saturday at 12:10 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters