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Dukes Ride 21-Point Third Quarter to 21-20 Win at Robert Morris
Rich Piekarski led the Dukes defense with 10 tackles.
 
Rich Piekarski led the Dukes defense with 10 tackles.
 

Oct. 19, 2013

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MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - Duquesne rode the momentum of a 21-point third quarter to clip Robert Morris, 21-20 at Joe Walton Stadium, marking the first time since 2006 that the visiting team has won in the series.

The Dukes scored twice via safety, once on a field goal and two more times on Dillon Buechel touchdown passes - all in a 9:23 span of the third quarter - to erase a 7-0 halftime deficit.

The Colonials rallied to post a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, but a missed extra point with 4:43 left proved to be the difference.

The win was the third in a row for the Dukes (4-2), who remained undefeated in Northeast Conference play at 2-0. The loss dropped Robert Morris to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the NEC.

Buechel completed passes to eight receivers in throwing for 202 yards. Devin Rahming, who finished with 6 catches for 86 yards and Gianni Carter each caught a touchdown pass for the Dukes.

The closest either team came to scoring in the first quarter was a missed 29-yard field goal by Duquesne's Austin Crimmins. Crimmins' miss, his first after seven consecutive makes to open the season, came after an 82 yard drive.

Robert Morris didn't register its first first down until its fourth possession, when it drove 67 yards to the DU 17 before Aaron Reed picked off a third down Paul Jones pass at the 13. Reed fumbled on the return giving the Colonials the ball back on the 17. Three plays later, Jones scored from 4 yards out to make it 7-0 - a score that would carry to the half.

DU outgained RMU 147-106 and had 8 first downs to the Colonials 5 in the opening 30 minutes.

The Dukes got on the board when Charles Lipp blocked a Tony LaMancusa punt out of the end zone on RMU's first possession of the second half to make it 7-2.

Rahming returned the free kick 49 yards to the Robert Morris 33 to set up a 40 yard Crimmins field goal that cut the RMU lead to two.

On the Colonials' next possession, a blitzing Dorian Bell hit Jones, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Zach Zidian at the 10. DU wasted no time capitalizing, as Buechel hit Carter with a TD strike on the next play to give the Dukes their first lead at 12-7.

Aaron Fleck pinned the Colonials at their own three with a 33 yard punt, making it the fourth consecutive RMU possession that started inside its own 10.

On the next play, Ryan Thermil was thrown for a 1 yard loss and fumbled into the end zone. RMU recovered for Duquesne's second safety of the quarter.

The Dukes made it 21 unanswered points when Rahming took a slant pass and raced 26 yards for a score to make it 21-7.

Duquesne held the Colonials to 2 yards on 12 plays in the quarter.

RMU put together its first drive of the half, going 71 yards to pull within seven on a 1 yard Deontae Howard run with 11:45 left.

D.J. Myers picked off a Buechel pass at the Duquesne 35 and the Colonials, bolstered by an acrobatic 34 yard reception by Duane Mitchell, scored on a 1 yard Jones sneak with 4:43 left. On the game's pivotal play, Hunter Khaleghi missed the extra point preserving Duquesne's one-point lead.

RMU forced a 3-and-out and took over on its 41 with 3:01 left, but the Dukes, who limited the Colonials to 235 yards, held when Jones overthew Mitchell down the right sideline on fourth down.

The Colonials had one last crack, taking over on their 33 with 54 seconds left and moved to the 48 before turning it over on a fumble on an attempted hook-and-ladder play at the Duquesne 48.

Rich Piekarski led the DU defense with 10 tackles. Dorian Bell added 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack in addition to his forced fumble.

Duquesne heads to Rhode Island to face Bryant (3-4, 1-1) next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
FINAL
DUQUESNE 0 0 21 0
21
ROBERT MORRIS 0 7 0 13
20

SCORING SUMMARY
2nd
9:34	RMU - Jones 4 yd run (Khaleghi kick), 3-17 (1:24) --- 0-7
3rd
10:27	DUQ - Team safety (Lipp blocked punt in end zone) --- 2-7
8:56	DUQ - Crimmins 40 yd field goal, 5-10 (1:21) --- 5-7
7:53	DUQ - Carter 10 yd pass from Buechel, 1-10 (0:05) --- 12-7
3:26	DUQ - Team safety --- 14-7
1:04	DUQ - Rahming 26 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 8-54 (2:15) --- 21-7
4th
11:45	RMU - Howard 1 yd run (Khaleghi kick), 9-71 (4:13) --- 21-14
4:43	RMU - Jones 1 yd run (Khaleghi kick failed), 8-65 (4:38) --- 21-20
LEADERS
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (9-39-0); RMU - Jones (11-41-2), Peckich (8-41-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (23-41-1-202-2); RMU - Jones (11-22-1-100-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Rahming (6-86-1); RMU - Mitchell (6-73-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Piekarski (10/6); RMU - Cook (13/2)

GAME NOTEs
Duquesne has won six of the last nine meetings to take an 8-7 series lead ... this was the first time the road team won since 2006 (a 27-7 DU win at Joe Walton Stadium) ... the home team had won six consecutive times ... DU held RMU to 2 yards on 12 plays in outscoring the Colonials 21-0 in the third quarter ... Robert Morris was forced to start its first four drives of the second half inside its own 10 (9, 9, 9 & 3 yard lines) ... eight players combined for 7.0 tackles for losses totaling 19 yards ... the Dukes recorded their second and third safeties of the season in a 7:01 span of the third quarter ... the first came when Charles Lipp (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) blocked a punt out of the end zone ... the second occured when Rich Piekarski (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) tackled Josh Thiel who had recovered teammate Ryan Thermil's fumble in the end zone ... Piekarski's team-high 10 tackles (6 solo) were one shy of his career high set last year at Wagner ... junior receiver Devin Rahming (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef/Yuba College) who had 134 all-purpose in last week's win over Wagner, added 164 more against RMU ... he set career highs for catches (6) and receiving yards (86) and added 78 more yards on two returns of free kicks ... his 26 yard TD reception in the third quarter was the first touchdown catch of his career ... junior Aaron Fleck (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) placed three of his seven punts inside the RMU 20 (16, 9 and 3 yard lines), giving him eight inside the opponent 20 on his last 13 punts ... freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel's (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) 41 pass attempts were one shy of the DU freshman record ... Buechel, who finished 23-of-41 for 202 yards and two TDs (10, 26), completed passes to eight receivers for the second consecutive game ... he has completed 48 passes in his last two outings.

 

 

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