Dukes Beaten by Bryant, 20-17
Nov. 8, 2014
The game started off with a fury with touchdowns scored on each of the first three possessions. Bryant opened the scoring just 1:46 into the game as Dalton Easton connected with Keenan Thompson on a 36-yard pass for the early 7-0 lead.
The Dukes responded with a six play, 68 yard drive capped by a Wayne Capers 15-yard run to knot the game at 7-7. Bryant would capture a 14-7 advantage midway through the first quarter as Easton hit John Lavin on a three-yard scoring play.
The teams exchanged punts before Duquesne tied it up again as Chris King scored on a six-yard pass from Michael LoPresti early in the second quarter to make it 14-14. It was King's 14th touchdown reception of the season, making it seven straight games with a touchdown. LoPresti entered the game on that drive for starter Ryan Egolf. For LoPresti, it was his first career touchdown pass.
Minutes later, the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead as Easton found Ricardo McCray on a 23-yard scoring strike. Tom Alberti's point after attempt was blocked, making it 20-14 with 10:57 to go.
Duquesne ended the game's scoring at the 5:27 mark of the second quarter as Austin Crimmins connected on a 28-yard field goal attempt, making it 20-17 at the half.
Both defenses clamped down in the second half, though both offenses did have scoring chances. With a first and 10 at the Bryant 12 yard line, Capers rushed before fumbling at the Bryant two, the Bulldgos recovered, ending a threat. BU then advanced the ball to the Duquesne 27 yard line before Ken Egu forced a Bryant fumble and Sam Martello recovered it.
The next three drives resulted in punts before Bryant again advanced the ball deep into Duquesne territory. The DU defense held strong, forcing a 31-yard field goal with 3:14 remaining. The kick was wide left, giving the Dukes once last chance.
Over the next 2:16, the Red and Blue rattled off 13 plays and was faced with a fourth and nine at the Bryant 11. A Crimmins 28-yard field goal attempt went wide left with 58 seconds remaining, ending the Dukes' chances. Bryant, who ran the clock out on four plays, possessed the ball for 10:32 of the fourth quarter.
LoPresti ended the day 11-27 for 182 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Rafiq Douglas was Duquesne's top rusher with eight carries for 51 yards. Dave Thomas led the receiving crew with six catches for 96 yards.
The Dukes return to action on Saturday, Nov. 15 as they travel to St. Wagner for a 12:00 pm game.
Scoring by Quarters