@DuqFB Earns Share of NEC Title
Nov. 19, 2016
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.