Dukes Fall at Bryant in Season Finale
With two touchdown catches on Saturday, Nehari Crawford finished his junior campaign with 15 touchdown receptions.
Nov. 18, 2017

Box Score

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Duquesne dropped a 38-29 decision to host Bryant on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast Conference (NEC) contest and the season finale at Beirne Stadium.  

The Dukes close the 2017 campaign with a 7-4 overall ledger with a 4-2 mark in NEC play, while the Bulldogs improve to 6-5 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.

Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) finished with 259 passing yards on the afternoon, completing 25-of-42 pass attempts with a pair of touchdown passes. He added a rushing score in the game, as well.

Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) caught both of Stuart's touchdown passes in the contest, tallying six catches for 77 yards overall. The junior added six kick returns for a total of 141 yards.

A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) finished with over 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive week, recording 107 yards on 26 carries to lead Duquesne on the ground.

Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic), playing in his final game after starting all 46 games of his collegiate career, recorded a season-high 10 tackles (nine solo) in the contest, including a sack and a pair of tackles for loss.



Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) had his third career touchdown on a 21-yard interception returned for a score in the second quarter. In addition to the score, he added nine tackles (five solo) with a sack.

Duquesne outgained Bryant 458-387 in the loss, including a 199-58 edge in yards on the ground.

The Dukes opened scoring on Saturday when Stuart connected with Crawford on a two-yard touchdown on their first drive of the afternoon.

After the Bulldogs answered with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Price Wilson to Vincent Nisivoccia, Henderson's 21-yard interception return gave the Dukes a 13-6 lead early in the second quarter.

A Bryant field goal and Price four-yard touchdown run late in the opening half would give the Bulldogs a 16-13 edge heading into the locker room.

Duquesne came out firing in the third quarter, with Stuart taking it himself on the quarterback keeper for a 1-yard touchdown rush on the Dukes' opening march before finding Crawford for the second time on the day on an 11-yard touchdown strike, putting DU on top 26-16.

On the first play of the Bulldogs' next drive, Tom Kennedy caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Price to shrink the Dukes' advantage to 26-23.

Early in the fourth quarter, Jacob Gill (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) connected on a 33-yard field goal to extend the Duquesne lead to 29-23, but Bryant would close the game with a pair of touchdowns to seal its fourth straight win.


Game Notes

- Nehari Crawford finishes the season with 15 receiving touchdowns. The Duquesne single-season record is 16 touchdown grabs, set by three different players, the last being Connor Dixon in 2011.

- Crawford closes the year with 1,026 receiving yards, becoming the eighth Duquesne player to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season. His 1,026 receiving yards rank eighth in a single-season in program history, while his 65 receptions are tied for sixth.

- Tommy Stuart caps his standout season with the Dukes with 27 touchdowns, good for a tie for the fourth-highest total in school history. He set a new school record for single-season completion percentage, converting 66.7 percent (198-of-297) of pass attempts.

- The Boise State graduate transfer added five rushing touchdowns on the year, good for a school-record 32 total touchdowns. His 2,405 passing yards rank 10th in a single season in program history.

- A.J. Hines now has 13 career 100-yard rushing performances. He finishes the season with 1,038 rushing yards, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season. Hines now has 2,329 career rushing yards after his sophomore campaign.

- Thomas Lucas had career-highs of seven catches for 95 yards to pace the Duquesne receiving corps on Saturday.

- DeWayne Murray III (Homestead, Pa./Steel Valley) contributed 69 rushing yards on six carries for the Dukes.

- Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland) had three tackles for loss in the game.


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