Dukes Fly Past Peacocks, 34-8
Oct. 16, 2004
Duquesne turned to its ground game on a windy afternoon in Jersey City, N.J. to extend its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League win streak to 31 games in defeating host Saint Peter's 34-8.
Sophomore tailback James Jacobs led the way with 125 yards and two touchdowns and fellow sophomore Jeremy McCullough added 97 yards as the Dukes outgained the Peacocks 340-220 overall including a 252-162 edge on the ground.
Jacobs opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge set up by a Michael Ford interception at the Saint Peter's 28. Two plays later, SPC's Sean Mayers, who led all ballcarriers with 122 yards on 14 carries, broke a draw play 74 yards before being stripped of the football by Ford at the one-yard line. J.P. Larmore pounced on the ball in the end zone for Saint Peter's lone score of the afternoon. A two-point conversion gave Saint Peter's its only lead of the day at 8-7.
Duquesne answered by driving 59 yards and taking the lead for good on a 19-yard scoring run by Jacobs on the final play of the first quarter. Freshman receiver Bruce Hocker made a juggling catch of an 11-yard pass from Niel Loebig at the 3:17 mark to give the Dukes a 20-8 lead at the half. Linebacker Javonn Bradley gave Duquesne some breathing room when he intercepted a pass and took it 29 yards for a touchdown to make the score 27-8 mid-way through the third quarter. Myke McAfoose, who added 36 yards on nine carries, ended the scoring with a two-yard run set up by an Anthony Tillman blocked punt that gave the Dukes the ball at the SPC 15.
Duquesne's defense, which held Mayers to 17 yards on seven carries in the second half, finished the game with 10 tackles for loss led by Bradley's three. Duquesne outgained Saint Peter's 150-45 in the second half. Todd Mills led the Dukes with a career-high 11 tackles, while Bradley added seven stops.
DU quarterback Niel Loebig completed 9-of-18 passes for 88 yards as winds blew at around 20 mph for the game. Saint Peter's quarterbacks Scott Bonnono and Wayne Gaurino combined to complete 5-of-18 passes for just 34 yards.
The Dukes will enjoy a bye next weekend before returning home to Rooney Field to host Marist on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 for Homecoming.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL DUQUESNE 14 6 7 7 34 SAINT PETER'S 8 0 0 0 8