@DuqFB Earns Share of NEC Title
Wayne Capers had 9 catches for 172 yards and 2 TDs for the Dukes.
Nov. 19, 2016

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NEW BRITAIN, CONN. - Dillon Buechel threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to become the leading passer in school history as Duquesne clinched a share of the Northeast Conference title with a 52-19 win over CCSU at New Britain, Conn.

It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that DU has won a share of the NEC crown. The Dukes will share the championship with Saint Francis U, which lost at Wagner, 31-24. SFU (7-4, 5-1) will represent the NEC in the FCS Playoff by virtue of its regular season win over the Dukes.

Buechel, who threw a 65 yard touchdown pass to Wayne Capers on the first play from scrimmage, now has 10,320 yards passing, 66 more than previous record holder Neil Loebig (10,254 from 2001-04).

Capers was the prime beneficiary of Buechel's big day, hauling in 9 passes for 172 yards and two scores. Capers also added a 70 yard run to finish the day with 242 all-purpose yards.

Duquesne, which averaged 8.4 yards per play, outgained the Blue Devils 512 to 396.

Freshman A.J. Hines posted his seventh 100-yard game with 110 yards on 23 carries. His two touchdowns upped his season total to 13.

The DU defense, which got 7 tackles - including 3.5 for losses - from Christian Kuntz, held CCSU scoreless in the second half. Kuntz also etched his name in the record book with a first quarter sack that gave him an NEC record 30.5 for his career.

Duquesne scored three times on its first nine plays to jump out to a 21-3 first-quarter lead.

CCSU followed the game opening Buechel-to-Capers strike with a 16 play drive that culminated in a 25 yard Ed Groth field goal that made it 7-3.

DU answered with a 57 yard drive fueled by a 30 yard Buechel-to-Capers connection and a 20 yard run by Hines. Buechel hit Blair Roberts with a 4 yard scoring pass to make it 14-3.

Kareem Coles returned a CCSU punt 42 yards to the Blue Devils 20 setting up a four play drive capped by a 1 yard plunge by Hines.

CCSU added a field goal early in the second quarter before scoring on a double-reverse flea flicker pass from Jacob Dolegala to Mike Peterson trim the lead to 21-13.

Xavier Nelson then took the kickoff 82 yards for a score to up the Duquesne lead to 28-13.

CCSU mounted a 75 yard drive that ended with a 25 yard TD pass from Dolegala to Joey Fields. The Blue Devils' two-point conversion attempt failed, making it a nine-point game.

Duquesne tacked on a 19 yard Austin Crimmins field goal to make it 31-19 at the half.

Capers caught an 11 yard TD pass from Buechel for the lone score in the third quarter.

Hines tacked on a 5 yard touchdown run and Kevin Enright ran it in from 2 yards out with 7:20 left to close out the scoring.

LEADERS
Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Hines (23-110-2); CCSU - Jean-Guillaume (14-68-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (19-26-0-304-3); CCSU - Dolegala (20-39-0-291-2)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Capers (9-172-2); CCSU - Fields (5-128-1)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Henderson (11/2); CCSU - LaGuerre (12/2)

GAME NOTES
This is the first time since 2002 (11-1) and 2003 (8-3) that the Dukes have put together back-to-back eight-win seasons (8-4 last year and 8-3 this year) ... DU has won a share of four of the past six NEC titles ... with his 304 yards passing, senior quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour), the NEC career passing yardage leader, passed Neil Loebig (10,254 yards from 2001-04) to become the leading passer in Duquesne history with 10,320 yards ... Buechel now holds school career records for passing yards (10,320), attempts (1,380) and completions (801) ... he is second on DU's career lists for touchdown passes (75) and completion percentage (.580) ... his 2,865 yards passing this season is the third-highest single-season total in school history ... senior linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), who had 7 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, became NEC's all-time sack leader when he took down Jacob Dolegala for a 9-yard loss with 6:52 left in the first quarter ... the sack gave him 30.5 for his career - one more than Jeff Covitz, who had 29.5 sacks for Bryant from 2011-14 ... Kuntz's 11.5 sacks this year are the third-most in school history, one behind the school record of 12.5 set by Ryan Tolan in 2004 ... running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike), the first DU freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards at the FCS level, posted his seventh 100 yard game of the season (23-110-2) ... the seven 100-yard games are the most by a Duke since all-time leading rusher Larry McCoy posted nine 100 yard games in 2011 ... Hines' 13 rushing touchdowns are the third-most in school history and most by a DU back since Mike Hilliard ran for a school record 15 scores in 2003 ... Hines 1,296 yards rushing is the sixth-highest season total in school history ... Wayne Capers (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) finished with 242 yards of total offense (9 catches for 172 yards and 2 TDs, plus a 70 yard run) ... it was his fourth 100 yard game this season and sixth of his career ... Capers' 959 yards receiving this season is the eighth-highest total in school history ... kicker Austin Crimmins (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) finished with 10 points to bring his school record career total to 305 ... Crimmins also added to his school record field goal total with his 57th - a 19-yarder in the second quarter.


 

 

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