#DUQFB Falls at Sacred Heart, 10-0
Nov. 9, 2013
FAIRFIELD, CONN. - Keshaudas Spence ran for 181 yards and a touchdown as Sacred Heart scored twice in the final 6:37 to defeat Duquesne 10-0 at Campus Field.
The defeat dropped the Dukes to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference, while Sacred Heart, which held DU scoreless for the first time since 2009, upped its record to 9-2 and 3-2 in the NEC.
Duquesne held SHU to three punts and picked off a pass on the Pioneers' first four possessions of the second half before Chris Rogers broke the scoreless tie with a 31 yard field goal with 6:37 left in the game.
On the Pioneers' next possession, quarterback R.J. Noel broke off a 49 yard run on 3rd-and-11 that gave SHU the ball at the DU 19. Two plays later, Spence scored from 22 yards out to seal the win.
Each team turned it over twice in the first half, with neither able to capitalize.
DU had the first scoring chance, but Austin Crimmins' 37-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 6:33 left in the first quarter. Crimmins also had a 47-yard attempt blocked on the final play of the half.
Sacred Heart fumbled on back-to-back possessions, but Duquesne was unable to punch it in. The Dukes drove to the SHU 8 after the second fumble, but came away empty when a Dillon Buechel pass bounced off the fingertips of Devin Rahming and was picked off in the end zone by Dennis Regan.
Duquesne held and drove into Sacred Heart territory but turned it over again when a Buechel pass was tipped and hauled in by J.D. Roussel at the SHU 27.
Sacred Heart's best first half scoring chance was a missed Rogers 38-yard field goal attempt that fell short with just over two minutes left in the half.
An acrobatic interception by a blitzing Christian Kuntz gave the ball to the Dukes at the SHU 41 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter, but DU couldn't convert again as Crimmins' 43-yard attempt sailed wide right.
Buechel, who completed 15-of-45 passes for 167 yards, was picked off a third and final time with 2:36 left.
Chris Johnson (13 tackles), Aaron Reed (12) and Kuntz (11) recorded double-digit tackles for the Dukes.
Sacred Heart outgained Duquesne 378-280 including 299 yards on the ground.
Duquesne completes both the NEC and home portion of the 2013 schedule against Central Connecticut State next Saturday at 12:10 p.m. It will be the final home game for 15 DU seniors. The Dukes conclude the regular season with a non-conference game at Monmouth on Nov. 23.
Scoring by Quarters