Big Second Half Propels Bryant to 42-14 win over Duquesne
Oct. 26, 2013
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Bryant exploded for 35 second half points - including three scores following Duquesne turnovers - to pull away for a 42-14 Northeast Conference win over the Dukes at Bulldog Stadium.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Duquesne (4-3, 2-1), while Bryant ended a three-game losing streak in moving to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Duquesne outgained Bryant 322-280 and had 21 first downs to the Bulldogs' 12, but couldn't overcome its four turnovers.
The game was knotted at 7-7 when Kyle Shuman was stripped of the ball by Brandon Dagnesses after a 4 yard completion on the Dukes' first possession of the second half. Bryant's Sam Sammons scooped it up and took it 29 yards for the score that changed the complexion of the game.
Duquesne answered by driving to the Bryant 23, but Austin Crimmins' 40 yard field goal attempt was blocked by Connor McNamara.
The Bulldogs, who were held to five yards on nine second quarter plays, put together their best drive since their opening possession, going 73 yards on 11 plays to take a two touchdown lead on a 7 yard pass from Mike Westerhaus to Chad Ward.
Bryant broke the game open when Jose Dapadua took an end around 45 yards for a score to make it 28-7 after three quarters.
BU made it four unanswered scores when it turned Buechel's second interception into a 3 yard Ryan Black touchdown with 9:04 left. Less than a minute later, Jeremy Woodson stepped in front of a Buechel pass and took it 46 yards for a score.
Westerhaus threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bryant. Jordan Harris became the NEC's all-time receiving yardage leader with his 6 catches for 91 yards.
Buechel completed 24-of-36 passes for 171 yards for DU. Dave Thomas led the Duquesne receivers with a career high 8 catches for 83 yards.
Both teams, aided by long kickoff returns, scored on their first possessions. Bryant's Depadua took the opening kickoff 51 yards to set up a 49 yard drive that ended with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Westerhaus to Tyler McIntyre. Harris caught three passes for 31 yards for the Bulldogs on the drive.
The opening drives provided the lone scores of the first half.
The Dukes, who controlled the ball for 11:33 of the second quarter, saw a 10 play drive ended by an interception at the Bryant 14 with just over 11 minutes left in the half. It was the closest either team would come to scoring in the quarter.
Duquesne hosts Saint Francis, Pa. under lights on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters