Christian Kuntz tied the school record with his 27.5 career sack in the Dukes' 28-20 win over Wagner
Nov. 5, 2016
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A.J. Hines ran for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Duquesne erased an early 10-point deficit to take over sole possession of second place in the Northeast Conference with a 28-20 win at Wagner.
Hines scored on runs of 60 and 18 yards to bring his season rushing yardage total to 1,095, making him the first Duquesne freshman to top 1,000 yards at the Football Championship Subdivision level.
Blair Roberts added 110 yards receiving, including an 18 yard touchdown catch, for the Dukes.
Abner Roberts and Nate Stone had 10 tackles each for the Dukes, who finished with three sacks.
Senior linebacker Christian Kuntz had one of the three, a school record-tying 27.5th of his career on Wagner's final possession.
The Dukes held the Seahawks to 56 yards on their final 20 plays of the second half.
Wagner scored on its first two possessions to jump out to an early 10-0 lead. James Cooper capped a game-opening 52 yard drive with a field goal followed by a 10 yard TD run by quarterback Alex Thomson.
Duquesne got on the board when Hines broke off a season-long 60 yard run for a touchdown with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
Wagner, which had 247 yards in the half, went 80 yards in nine plays, with Denzel Knight punching it over from one yard out to make it 17-7 early in the second quarter.
Dillon Buechel connected with Roberts for a 46 yard gain to the Wagner 18, setting up a five yard run by P.J. Fulmore that made it 17-14 at the half.
Thomson hit John Williams with a 43 yard pass after DU kept the Seahawks' drive alive by being offside on a WC punt. Cooper followed the completion with a 39 yard field goal that gave the Seahawks a seven-point lead mid-way through the third quarter.
Duquesne took its first lead when Buechel capped an 83 yard drive with an 18 yard touchdown pass to Roberts with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. The 12 play drive was kept alive by pass interference and roughing the passer penalties on the Seahawks.
The Dukes forced a three-and-out and took 7:27 off the clock with an 85 yard drive that ended with an 18 yard Hines touchdown run on a 4th-and-2 play.
Wagner took over on its own four with 1:36 left, but couldn't move the ball as Thomson was sacked twice, the first coming from Kuntz, who tied the DU career record on the play.
Abner Roberts sealed the win with an interception after Thomson was sacked for a second time, this one by Jake Radziukinas.
Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh to host Sacred Heart in the final home game of 2016 on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Noon.
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Hines (22-136-2); WC - Knight (23-61-1)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (13-22-0-171-1); WC - Thomson (17-31-1-218-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - B.Roberts (4-110-1); WC - Owens (5-67-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - A.Roberts (10/8), Stone (10/8); WC - Hampton (10/7)
The win was Duquesne's first at Wagner since Oct. 23, 2010 (21-20), ending a streak of two losses on Staten Island ... Wagner committed 12 penalties for 86 yards ... the Dukes were penalized four times for 41 yards ... Wagner finished with 355 yards to 319 for Duquesne ... freshman running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) went over the 1,000-yard mark on his season-long 60 yard touchdown run in the first quarter ... Hines is the first DU freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards at the FCS level ... Hines, who carried 22 times for 136 yards, now has 1,095 yards on the season ... he has topped the 100-yard mark six times ... first-year graduate transfer Blair Roberts (Rochester, N.Y./Old Dominion), who caught 8 passes for a career-high 153 yards and a school record-tying four touchdowns last week vs. Bryant, added four grabs for 110 yards and one score ... it was the third 100-yard game of his career (second at Duquesne) ... Roberts' other 100-yard game came as a freshman at ODU vs. Duquesne (104 yards) ... senior quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour), the NEC career passing yardage leader, upped his career total to 9,778 ... with his two TDs, Buechel (72) pulled with one of Tony Zimmerman (73 TDs from 1998-00) for second place on DU's all-time career list ... Buechel completed 13-of-22 passes for 171 yards and one TD ... with his 22 attempts, Buechel eclipsed the career record formerly held by Neil Loebig (1,316 from 2001-04) ... Buechel now has 1,317 attempts ... senior linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) finished with six tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks ... the sack gave Kuntz 27.5 for his career, tying him with Antoine Bullock (2002-05) for the school record.