Dukes Win ECAC Classic; Top Monmouth 12-10
Nov. 22, 2003
Niel Loebig completed 23-of-41 passes for 285 yards including a 60-yard scoring pass to Michel Warfield with 13:27 left to give Duquesne a 12-10 victory over Monmouth in the ECAC Classic at Rooney Field. Loebig, who was named the game's MVP, found Warfield on a post pattern on a third-and-two play for what proved to be the game-winner.
Monmouth had a chance to regain the lead when safety Kevin Hutchison intercepted a Loebig pass and returned it to the Duquesne 20 with 6:26 left, but Steve Andriola's 40-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left to give the Dukes possession with 4:29 left. Duquesne then managed two first downs before punting the ball back to Monmouth with 42 seconds left. The Hawks, who took over on their own 23, were unable to move the ball as the game ended with an Antoine Bullock sack of MU quarterback Brian Boland.
Duquesne took advantage of a Monmouth special teams miscue to get on the board first when Francisco Uribe connected on a 34-yard field goal with 5:03 left in the first quarter. The field goal, which was the first of Uribe's career, came after a Monmouth punt snap sailed over punter Sean Dennis' head resulting in a 10 yard loss and loss of possession.
Monmouth tied the game on a 30-yard Andriola field goal with under a minute left in the half as the teams combined for just 237 yards of offense in the opening 20 minutes.
Monmouth took the lead on a 4-yard pass from Boland to Michael McClelland just under five minutes into the third quarter. Boland's 44 pass to Tim Hiltwine was the big play of the 69 yard drive.
On its next possession, Duquesne drove 66 yards on 11 plays for a 31-yard Uribe field goal to cut the lead to 10-6. The score remained 10-6 until Loebig found Warfield on the 60 yard catch-and-run.
Warfield, who totaled a game-high 144 yards, was one of three Duquesne receivers with six catches. Randy Vulakovich and Yardon Brantley, who finished with 56 and 54 yards respectively, were the others.
Monmouth's Joe Migliore was the game's leading rusher with 110 yards on 26 carries. Duquesne's Mike Hilliard ran for 97 yards on 25 attempts.
Boland finished the afternoon 13-of-25 for 154 yards.
Monmouth, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I-AA in total defense (232.2 ypg.) was victimized for 377 - including 268 in the second half alone - by the Dukes.
Joe Sentipal led Monmouth with 10 tackles.