Dukes Come up Four Yards Short in 17-13 Loss at Robert Morris
Nov. 3, 2012
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - Duquesne, facing 4th-and-goal with 2:30 left, saw a Sean Patterson pass glance off the fingertips of Sean Brady in the back of the end zone enabling Robert Morris to hold on for a 17-13 win at Joe Walton Stadium.
The loss dropped DU to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast Conference.
Robert Morris extended its home win streak to three in upping its record to 3-6 and 2-4 in the NEC.
Sinclair, who threw for 146 yards and ran for 60 more, hit Duane Mitchell with a 41 yard touchdown pass with 12:15 left for the game's final points.
Patterson threw for 195 yards and Larry McCoy ran for 97 yards in the loss.
Duquesne outgained Robert Morris 340-278 and had a four minute advantage in time of possession.
RMU blocked a Charlie Leventry punt on DU's first possession and turned it into an 11 yard Sinclair touchdown run to take an early 7-0 lead.
DU answered with an 8 yard pass from Patterson to Gianni Carter to cap an 83 yard drive that tied it at 7-7. The Dukes converted three third downs on the drive that took 6:47 off the clock.
The Colonials reclaimed the lead on a 28 yard Greg Langer field goal early in the second quarter.
Duquesne converted a pair of fourth down plays to keep a 77 yard drive alive before Leventry tied it with a 20 yard field goal on the final play of the half. Leventry kept the drive alive with a fourth down, 14 yard run out of punt formation. Patterson hit Carter for a 36 yard gain to the RMU 3 on a 4th-and-10 hail Mary pass with six seconds left to set up Leventry's kick.
DU took over after Langer was wide left on a 38 yard field goal attempt and held the ball for 8:36 before Leventry gave the Dukes their first lead on a 22 yard field goal on the final play of the third quarter. McCoy carried nine times for 33 yards on the drive.
RMU struck back quickly when Sinclair hit Donte Jeter for a 26 yard gain before finding Mitchell down the left sideline to reclaim the lead with 12:15 left.
Marcelis Branch outleaped Carter along the Robert Morris sideline to make an acrobatic interception on Duquesne's next possession. The Dukes held and ran 14 plays to drive to the RMU 4 before Patterson and Brady failed to connect on fourth down.
Sinclair converted a big 3rd-and-5 with a seven yard run with 1:25 left to seal the win.
Duquesne hosts NEC co-leader Albany (7-2, 5-1) on Saturday, Nov. 10. It will be the final home game for Duquesne's senior class.
Scoring by Quarters