Dukes Grab Share of NEC Title with 45-10 Romp of Robert Morris
Connor Dixon

Nov. 19, 2011

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Three Dukes had 100-yard games and Connor Dixon hauled in three touchdown receptions as Duquesne defeated Robert Morris, 45-10 and claimed a share of the 2011 Northeast Conference title.

The Dukes (9-2, 7-1) finished in a first place tie with Albany (8-3, 7-1) at the top of the Northeast Conference standings, but will not claim the NEC's automatic bid to the FCS Championship playoffs due to its 38-10 loss at Albany on Oct. 8.

Dixon hauled in five aerials for 117 yards and three scores, giving him a school record-tying 16 touchdown receptions on the season.

Sean Patterson completed 17-of-27 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a game-high 123 yards on just 12 carries.

Larry McCoy rushed for 106 yards on 25 totes and a touchdown as the Dukes amassed 253 yards on the ground.

Robert Morris opened the scoring on its second drive as Tyler Forbes connected with Jamie Cobb for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Greg Langer's point after made it 7-0 Colonials at the 7:11 mark of the first quarter.

The Dukes knotted the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter as Isaac Spragg secured a five-yard scoring pass from Sean Patterson and Chris Leventry added the PAT to cap an eight-play, 59-yard drive. The score was set up by a 30-yard run by Patterson two plays earlier.

After a three and out by RMU, Duquesne got the ball near midfield and scored again as wide receiver Brooks Roorback took a pitch-out from Patterson and ran it in from six yards out for a 14-7 advantage.

The Dukes struck again before the half on its third possession of the quarter as Patterson hooked up with Dixon for a 12-yard TD strike as DU took a 21-7 lead into the intermission.

Robert Morris cut its deficit to 21-10 as Langer hit a 27-yard field goal less than four minutes into the second half, but it would get no closer.

Duquesne moved the advantage to 24-10 with a Leventry 29-yard field goal at the 5:40 mark of the third quarter and made it 31-10 as Dixon hauled in a 45-yard strike from Patterson with 2:16 let in the third.

The Dukes' offense continued to click in the fourth quarter as McCoy hit paydirt from nine yards out to make it 38-10 and Dixon struck one last time with a 43-yard touchdown reception with 3:35 left to end the scoring.

Christopher Oliver led the Duquesne defense with nine tackles (five solo), including a sack of nine yards and two pass break-ups. Jared Williams had an interception and a pass break-up.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 0 21 10 14

7:11 RMU - Cobb 35 yd pass from Forbes (Langer kick), 8-87 (2:20) 0-7
10:31 DUQ - Spragg 5 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 8-59 (3:28) 7-7
7:02 DUQ - Roorback 6 yd run (Leventry kick), 6-51 (1:58) 14-7
0:15 DUQ - Dixon 12 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 10-74 (4:22) 21-7
11:10 RMU - Langer 27 yd field goal, 9-59 (3:45) 21-10
5:40 DUQ - Leventry 29 yd field goal, 11-48 (5:23) 24-10
2:16 DUQ - Dixon 45 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick) 5-66 (2:13) 31-10
9:11 DUQ - McCoy 9 yd run (Leventry kick), 4-65 (1:54) 38-10
3:35 DUQ - Dixon 43 yd pass from Patterson (Leventry kick) 6-82 (2:48) 45-10

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (12-123-0); RMU - Sanders (18-92-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Patterson (17-27-0-240-4); RMU - Forbes (10-27-1-143-1)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Dixon (5-117-3); RMU - Cobb (3-70-1)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Oliver (9/5); RMU - Tarr (9/6), Thompkins (9/6)

The win clinched at share of the Northeast Conference championship for the Dukes ... this was DU's fourth season as a member of the NEC ... Duquesne is 11-2 in its past 13 Northeast Conference games dating back to last season ... DU was 5-13 in its first 18 NEC games while integrating a scholarship model ... DU finished the season with a seven-game home win streak ... the last time DU won seven in a row at home was from 2002 into 2004 when Duquesne reeled off a Rooney Field record 16 in a row ... the Dukes finished undefeated at home (5-0) for the first time since 2005 (4-0) ... Duquesne takes a 7-6 advantage in the series with RMU, including a 6-2 margin at Rooney Field ... the 35-point margin of victory is the biggest in the 13-game series, eclipsing last year's 23-point victory (34-11) by Robert Morris ... the DU defense allowed just two touchdowns over the last three games of the season ... Christopher Oliver (Washington, D.C./Calvin Coolidge) led the Dukes with nine tackles (five solo), including a sack of nine yards and two pass break-ups ... he led DU for the season with a team-high 91 tackles (45 solo) ... Jared Williams (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry Traditional Academy) secured the only turnover of the game with an interception in the third quarter ... Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 26 with 5 catches for 117 yards including touchdowns of 12, 45 & 43 yards ... the 6-5, 212-pound graduate student has caught at least one pass in every game since moving from quarterback to receiver eight games into the 2009 season ... Dixon has caught a touchdown pass in nine of 11 games this season ... 16 of his 40 catches in 2011 have gone for touchdowns ... his scores this season ties the school record of 16 set by Reggie Harris in 2000 and equalled by Bruce Hocker in 2006 ... Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) ran for 106 yards on 25 carries ... it was his school record ninth 100 yard game of the season ... it was also the 19th career 100-yard game for the DU junior ... only all-time leading rusher Donte Small (21) has more career 100-yard games ... McCoy finished the season with 1,381 yards which ranks third in the Duquesne record books for rushing yards in a season and has 3,479 career yards which ranks third on DU's all-time rushing list ... Sean Patterson's (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit ) four touchdown passes give him 23 for the season which is good for sixth-best all-time at Duquesne ... he ran for a game-best and career-high 123 yards on the day on just 12 carries, including runs of 52 and 30 yards ... Patterson, who ran for 111 yards in a win over Central Connecticut State, is the only DU quarterback to rush for 100 yards since the Dukes moved to the FCS level in 1993.




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