Dukes Battle Elements for 16-0 Win Over Monmouth
Isaac Spragg

Oct. 29, 2011

Box Score

Duquesne battled heavy rain and driving winds to capture a 16-0 shutout victory at Monmouth Saturday afternoon. Larry McCoy rushed for 110 yards while Sean Patterson ran for a score and connected with Isaac Spragg through the air for another.

Duquesne lit the scoreboard first on its second posession as Patterson ran it in from 19 yards out on a first and 10 for a 6-0 lead. Charlie Leventry's PAT attempt was blocked though as the score held entering the second quarter. McCoy rushed six times for 30 yards on the drive.

The Dukes' next score was set up by a Monmouth fumble at its own 37. The Dukes drove 21 yards on eight plays and settled for a 33-yard Leventry field goal to make it 9-0 with 2:04 left in the half.

Another MU fumble allowed the Dukes to score again before the half as DU re-gained posession at the Monmouth 13. Two plays later, Patterson found Spragg for an 18-yard touchdown strike to end the day's scoring.

The Duquesne defense held Monmouth to 175 total yards, including just 51 through the air. It also forced five fumbles, three of which the Dukes recovered. Khiry Carter had nine tackles (seven solo) as did Horvin Latimer (three solo). Serge Kona made six stops and forced three fumbles.

The Red and Blue outgained the Hawks 227-175 as conditions prevented the teams from getting in a groove. Patterson attempted just 15 passes, completing six for 68 yards and a score. He also ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. Spragg was the top receiver with three catches for 42 yards and a score

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 6 10 0 0
MONMOUTH 0 0 0 0

5:21 DUQ - Patterson 19 yd run (Leventy kick blocked), 9-72 (4:40) --- 6-0
2:04 DUQ - Leventry 33 yd field goal, 8-21 (4:03) --- 9-0
0:40 DUQ - Spragg 18 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 2-23 (0:17) --- 16-0

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - McCoy (35-110-0); MU - Hayes (34-114-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (6-15-0-68-1); MU - Peterson (5-13-1-51-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Spragg (3-42-1); MU - George (2-28-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Carter (9/7), Latimer (9/3); MU - Gumbs (8/7)

Duquesne is 9-2 in its past 11 Northeast Conference games dating back to last season ... the win was Duquesne's first over Monmouth in NEC play ... the Dukes, who are in their fourth season in the conference, have now defeated every NEC school in league play ... this was the first time Monmouth was shut out since a 27-0 NEC loss at home to Stony Brook on Sept. 25, 2004 ... it was the DU defense's first shutout since a 14-0 win at Wagner on Nov. 8, 2008 ... Duquesne held Monmouth to zero yards on eight third quarter plays ... the D held on three of Monmouth's four fourth down conversion attempts ... safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg), who entered the season tied for fifth nationally among returnees in fumbles forced per game, caused three of Monmouth's five fumbles ... DU turned the first force into a 33-yard field goal to go up 9-0 and the second led to the TD that put the Dukes up 16-0 at the half ... the 5-10, 215-pounder, who moved from linebacker to safety this season, posted his first sack of the season as well ... Kona finished with six tackles (5 solo) and a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss ... Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) ran for 110 yards on a career-high 35 carries ... it was the school record-tying seventh 100 yard game of the season and 17th of his career .... with the 110 yards, McCoy passed Mike Hilliard (3,188 yards from 1999-03) to move into the No. 3 spot in DU's all-time rushing list ... McCoy, who has 1,126 yards on the season, is up to 3,224 for his career ... Hilliard (2002 & 2003), all-time leading rusher Donte Small (1999 & 2000) and Bill Green (1995) are the only other players in school history to post seven 100-yard games in a season ... Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 24 with an 11-yard reception ... the 6-5, 212-pound graduate student has caught at least one pass in every game since moving from quarterback to receiver eight games into the 2009 season ... Dixon has caught a touchdown pass in seven of nine games this season ... 11 of his 29 catches in 2011 have gone for touchdowns.




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