Duquesne Crushes St. John's, 63-7
Oct. 19, 2002
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Top-ranked Duquesne answered St. John's lone score of the game with 63 consecutive points in posting a 63-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League win over the Red Storm at Rooney Field on Saturday.
The victory upped the Dukes' MAAC Football League win streak to 20, and left 7-0 Duquesne atop the MAAC with a 4-0 league mark. The loss dropped St. John's to 1-3 in the MAAC and 1-5 overall.
Duquesne, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I-AA in total defense, lived up to its reputation by forcing seven Red Storm turnovers and holding St. John's to 110 yards of total offense, including minus 5 yards on the ground. All-American cornerback Leigh Bodden led the defensive charge with two interceptions and a 29-yard fumble return for a score to lead the Dukes.
With Duquesne down 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Bodden intercepted an option pitch and raced to the end zone untouched to ignite a run of 63 consecutive Duquesne points. Two minutes later, Bodden picked off a Matt Millheiser pass at the St. John's 40, setting up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Niel Loebig to Jeremy Conley to put the Dukes up 14-7. Mike Hilliard added a 9-yard scoring run and Yardon Brantley capped a two-play, 48-yard drive with a 15 yard touchdown reception with 26 seconds left in the half to give the Dukes a 28-7 lead at intermission.
Duquesne's Trent Wissner dashed any hopes of a St. John's comeback by returning an interception 34 yards for a score on the first play of the second half to put the Dukes up 35-7.
Loebig, who finished the day an economical 9-of-20 for 217 yards and four scores, added touchdown passes of 49 yards to Michel Warfield and 45 yards to Yardon Brantley before leaving the game with 7:53 left in the third quarter. Freshman Kyle Postell, who carried 22 times for 139 yards on the day, added touchdown runs of 17 and one yard to close out Duquesne's scoring.
DU's defense was dominant all day, posting seven sacks and holding St. John's to a 1-of-13 success rate on third down. The Red Storm, who came into the game averaging just under 90 yards per game on the ground, finished with minus five yards on 32 rushing attempts.
Duquesne returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia, PA, for another conference matchup with the La Salle Explorers (1-6, 1-4 MAAC). Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Pittsburgh WBGG-AM 970 and on the web at www.redzonemedia.com.