Dukes Defense Dominant in 21-10 Win Over Saint Francis
Nov. 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne's defense bottled up the nation's leading rusher in holding Saint Francis to 131 yards of total offense in a 21-10 win over the Red Flash at Rooney Field.
Kyle Harbridge, who entered the game averaging 173.7 yards rushing per game, was held to 41 yards on 15 carries. On the flip side, DU senior fullback Ethan Dorsey, who entered the game with 15 career carries, rushed 20 times for a game-high 65 yards and a touchdown. Jason Douglas added 50 yards for the Dukes who outgained the Red Flash 306-131.
With the victory Duquesne (5-3) took sole possession of first place in the NEC with a 3-1 record. Saint Francis, which has lost 14 of its past 15 meetings with the Dukes, dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the NEC.
Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz deflected a Max Ward pass that was picked off by Sam Martello and returned to the Saint Francis 24 on the Red Flash's first possession. Four plays later, Ryan Ho carried it in from one yard out to make it 7-0 just over three minutes into the game. A 17-yard completion from Dillon Buechel to Dave Thomas set up Ho's run.
The Dukes made it two scores in two possessions when Dorsey capped a 16 play drive with a one yard plunge on the first play of the second quarter. The fourth down score ended a drive that took 8:40 off the clock.
Buechel, who went 8-of-8 for 81 yards on the first two drives, made his first mistake on DU's next possession, when Lorenzo Jerome picked off an errant pass and raced 60 yards for a score to cut the lead to seven with just over 11 minutes to go in the half.
SFU capitalized on another Duquesne miscue when Aaron Fleck rolled to his right out of punt formation and had his punt blocked at the 18. The DU defense held, forcing a 20 yard Lance Geesey field goal at the 2:28 mark that made it 14-10 at the half.
The Dukes held the Red Flash to 73 yards and three first downs in the opening 30 minutes.
The DU defense continued its strong play, holding SFU to 12 yards on seven plays in a scoreless third quarter.
The offense capitalized by putting together a 70 yard drive that ended with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Buechel, who finished 13-of-22 for 141 yards, to Devin Rahming at the 11:09 mark of the fourth quarter.
Rich Piekarski led the defense with 7 tackles. Martello finished with 6 stops. Kuntz also had 6 stops including 3.0 tackles for loss. Kuntz forced a fumble on a sack to end SFU's final drive.
Saint Francis, which did not convert a third down until the final minute (1-of-11), finished with just seven first downs.
Duquesne heads to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2) next Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters