Dukes Come Back For 56-35 Win At La Salle
Nov. 6, 2004
Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne, down 28-14 in the second quarter, rallied for five second half touchdowns to extend its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League winning streak to 33 games in defeating La Salle 56-35 at Philadelphia.
La Salle, led by quarterback Vernard Abrams, gained 321 yards in the first half in jumping out to a 28-21 lead. Abrams, who finished with 380 yards of total offense, threw for three of his four touchdowns in the opening 30 minutes as La Salle's no-huddle offense kept the Dukes on their heels.
In the second half it was all Duquesne, as Abrams, who ran for 80 yards on 12 first half carries, was limited to 11 yards on 15 rushes.
DU's James Jacobs, who led all ball carriers with 157 yards on 15 carries, scored from 63 yards out on Duquesne's second play of the second half to tie the game at 28-28. Three plays later, Michael Ford stepped in front of an Abrams pass and took it 70 yards for a score to put the Dukes up 35-28. With just under five minutes left in the third quarter, Ford stripped the ball from La Salle's Lou Russo after a pass completion. The fumble was returned 16 yards by Javonn Bradley to the La Salle 15. On the next play, Niel Loebig hit Bruce Hocker with a 15-yard touchdown pass to cap a 21-point third quarter and put the Dukes up 42-28.
La Salle answered with a 65 yard drive to cut the lead to seven before Duquesne's ground game took over leading to a 5-yard run by Jacobs and a 3-yard score by Jeremy McCullough on back-to-back possessions to put the game away with just over six minutes left.
Loebig finished the game 13-of-27 for 204 yards and three touchdowns as the Dukes finished with 419 yards of total offense. Michel Warfield, who had 7 catches for 97 yards, scored DU's first two touchdowns on a pair of six-yard first quarter fade passes from Loebig. Hocker added 4 catches for 89 yards for the Dukes.
Abrams, who completed 24-of-36 passes for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, added 91 yards on 27 carries as La Salle finished the game with a DU opponent high 492 yards.
La Salle, which enjoyed a 27-17 edge in first downs, also led it time of possession 35:30 to 24:30. Duquesne's Michael Hill finished with a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo). Harry Carter, who stopped a first quarter La Salle drive with a juggling goal-line interception he returned 25 yards, added 12 stops for the Dukes.
Duquesne, which clinched its sixth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League title - and eighth championship in the last 10 years - with a 7-3 win over Marist last weekend, returns to Pittsburgh for the final two games of the season.
BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL DUQUESNE 14 7 21 14 56 LA SALLE 14 14 0 7 35