Dukes Run Over Wagner, 37-21
Oct. 22, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Larry McCoy scored three second-half touchdowns and Connor Dixon added a pair of first-half TD receptions as Duquesne extended its Rooney Field winning streak to six with a 37-21 Northeast Conference victory over Wagner.
DU moved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the NEC, while Wagner lost its sixth in a row to fall to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
McCoy finished with 149 yards in going over the 3,000 career yard mark. It was the sixth 100 yard game of the season and 16th of his career for McCoy who has 1,016 yards through eight games.
Duquesne, which scored 31 unanswered points from the first through third quarters, outgained Wagner 477-261 and had a 26-13 advantage in first downs.
Wagner opened the scoring when Nick Doscher found Dominique Williams with a 18 yard touchdown pass on the Seahawks' first possession. Duquesne tied it on a 4 yard Patterson-to-Dixon pass five minutes later.
The Dukes took a 14-7 lead when Patterson hit Dixon with a 37 yard TD pass early in the second quarter.
DU made it 17-7 when Charlie Leventry booted a school record 51 yard field goal on the final play of the half. Leventry's kick was four yards better than the previous school mark of 47 yards set by Doug McAuley vs. Mercyhurst in 1988.
Wagner, which gained 45 yards on its opening four-play drive, was held to 35 yards on its other 26 plays of the first half.
The Dukes made it 24-7 when McCoy capped a 55 yard drive with a 3 yard run to open the second half.
McCoy went over 100 yards on a 29 yard touchdown run with 6:39 to go in the third quarter.
Wagner ended the run of 31 consecutive Duquesne points in a one-yard Doscher run with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
McCoy followed a Seahawks fumble with his third touchdown of the half - another 1 yarder - to make it 37-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Doscher hit Wandy Saintilan with a 62 yard touchdown with just under seven minutes to go to close out the scoring.
Chris Oliver led the Dukes' defense with nine tackles. Seven players combined for six tackles for loss led by Mike Passodelis with 1.5 as DU held Wagner to 107 yards on the ground.
Wagner's Williams, who entered the game ranked ninth nationally with a 111.8 yards per game average, was held to 81 yards on 20 carries.
Duquesne returns to action at 1:00 p.m. next Saturday at Monmouth (4-3, 3-1).
Scoring by Quarters