Dukes Trounce La Salle 46-0
Oct. 26, 2002
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- - Duquesne scored touchdowns on six of seven first half possessions in rolling to a 46-0 win over La Salle at Philadelphia. The victory, Duquesne's 21st in a row in league play, upped DU's record to 8-0 (5-0 in the MAAC). La Salle dropped to 1-7 (1-5 in the MAAC).
The Dukes, who were dominant from the start, were forced to curtail their high-powered passing game in favor of a ground attack due to the poor footing at La Salle's muddy McCarthy Stadium.
After forcing an Explorers punt, Duquesne gave a hint as to what was to come by going 99 yards on 11 plays on its first possession to take a 6-0 lead. Mike Hilliard, who carried five times for 31 yards during the drive, ended it with a 12-yard scoring run. After surrendering the ball on downs, the Dukes scored five consecutive touchdowns to close out the half.
Jeremy Conley began the onslaught with a five-yard touchdown reception to give the Dukes a 12-0 advantage at the end of one quarter. Freshman tailback Kyle Postell, who finished the game with 130 yards on 17 carries, entered the game in the second quarter and responded with touchdown runs of 11 and 1 yard sandwiched around another five-yard TD reception by Conley. Hilliard, who had 122 yards on 20 carries, capped DU's 28-point quarter with a one-yard run with 1:10 to go.
The Dukes outgained the Explores 362-7 and enjoyed a 20-3 edge in first downs in the opening 30 minutes. Postell added his third and final touchdown of the day on a 12-yard run with 13:33 remaining in the fourth quarter to close-out the scoring.
Conley led all receivers with eight
catches for 105 yards, while quarterback Niel Loebig was 12-of-19 for 163
yards and two TDs for the Dukes.
Duquesne's defense was outstanding all day in limiting the Explorers to 106 total yards. Senior defensive end Bill Arbogast posted 3.0 of the Dukes' season-high eight sacks, while senior noseguard John Rodgers led the Dukes with eight tackles (6 solo).
DU finished the afternoon with 533 yards, including 362 on the ground. La Salle finished the game with -32 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Duquesne returns home next Saturday when the Dukes will host Iona (5-3, 4-2 MAAC). Kickoff time will at 12:30 p.m. The game can heard on Fox Sports Radio Pittsburgh, WBGG-AM 970, and over the internet at www.redzonemedia.com.