Dukes Fall at Bryant in Season Finale
Nov. 18, 2017
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
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
Duquesne outgained Bryant 458-387 in the loss, including a 199-58 edge in yards on the ground.
The Dukes opened
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.
- 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.