Dukes Shut Out Canisus, 42-0
Nov. 9, 2002
Buffalo, New York -- - Duquesne's football team shut out Canisius 42-0 Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex on the way to their fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League title. The Dukes are now a perfect 10-0, 7-0 in conference play.
Sophomore quarterback Niel Loebig (23-32-0-294-4) accounted for five touchdowns as he connected with senior wide receiver Jeremy Conley (5-117-3) for three first half scores and hit sophomore Michel Warfield (3-38-1) in the fourth quarter. Loebig also rushed for a score in the second quarter.
Junior running back Mike Hilliard (28-143-1) crossed Canisius' goal line midway into the third quarter for the other score.
Duquesne's defense again was outstanding as the Red and Blue shut out their third opponent this season. Six separate Dukes intercepted Griffs' passes including senior corner back Leigh Bodden who is now tied for the Division I-AA career record with 28 picks. Senior linebacker Trent Wissner, who also grabbed an interception, led the Dukes with eight tackles, seven solo.
Canisius (2-8, 2-6 MAAC) was playing the program's final home game for the foreseeable future as the school has decided not to field a football team beginning next season.
With the win, the Dukes also gained a return berth to the ECAC Classic which will be played on Saturday, Novemeber 23, 2002 at the NEC champion's home field.
The Dukes will complete the regular season next Saturday, November 16, 2002, when they will host Fairfield (5-5, 5-2 MAAC) at 12:30 p.m. on Rooney Field.