#DUQFB Finishes Season with 33-23 Win at Monmouth
Austin Crimmins kicked a Duquesne school record four field goals.

Nov. 23, 2013

Box Score

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Dillon Buechel threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Duquesne (7-4) survived a second-half Monmouth comeback attempt to finish the season with a 33-23 win over the Hawks at Kessler Field.

Buechel hit Ethan Dorsey with a 5 yard fourth quarter touchdown pass after Monmouth (6-6) rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit to tie it with 14:54 left. Austin Crimmins added his school record fourth field goal with 19 seconds left to seal the win.

Ryan Ho carried 12 times for a career-high 84 yards as Duquesne ran for a season-high 170 yards. Dave Thomas had 6 catches for 102 yards to lead the Dukes' receivers. Linebacker Christian Kuntz led the DU defense with 10 tackles (9 solo) including 5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Duquesne went 48 yards - all on the ground - to set up a 33-yard Crimmins field goal on its first drive of the game.

On DU's next possession, Buechel hit Devin Rahming on back-to-back passes, the first for 49 yards and the second for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 10-0 midway through the first quarter.

Charles Lipp blocked a Monmouth punt that was recovered by E.J. Kosec at the Hawks' 17, setting up a 27-yard Crimmins field goal that made it 13-0 after one quarter.

Monmouth got on the board early in the second quarter when Brandon Hill, who threw for 278 yards and three scores, connected with Zach Fabel for an 18-yard touchdown.

Buechel found Thomas for a 30-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 to set up a 30-yard Crimmins field goal that made it 16-7 with 14 seconds left in the half.

Monmouth failed to handle the ensuing kickoff and Brian Pommerer covered the ball at the 19. Buechel made the Hawks pay, when he found Thomas on the next play to give the Dukes 10 points in five seconds and a 23-7 halftime lead.

Tevrin Brandon picked off a Buechel pass at the DU seven to halt the Dukes' first possession of the second half. The Hawks drove it to the 22, but Eric Spillane's 39 yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.



The Dukes turned it over again on their next possession, when Dorsey fumbled after a two yard gain. This time Monmouth capitalized as Hill hit Mike McLafferty for a 56 yard touchdown. The Hawks converted a 2-point conversion to make it 23-15.

The Hawks tied it when Hill hit Neal Sterling for a 17-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion with 14:54 left.

Rahming returned the ensuing kickoff to the Monmouth 38 and the Dukes needed four plays to take the lead for good when Buechel found Dorsey in the left flat.

Duquesne's defense held Monmouth to 9 yards on 14 plays after Dorsey's score, including a 4-and-out that gave them the ball at the Hawks' 14 with just over two minutes left.

Crimmins iced it with his fourth field goal - 25-yarder - with 19 seconds on the clock.

Scoring by Quarters

TEAM 1 2 3 4
DUQUESNE 13 10 0 10
MONMOUTH 0 7 8 8

1st	10:58	DUQ - Crimmins 33 yd field goal, 7-48 (2:29) --- 3-0
	6:05	DUQ - Rahming 14 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 4-79 (1:37) --- 10-0
	1:57	DUQ - Crimmins 27 yd field goal, 4-7 (1:28) --- 13-0
2nd	12:07	MU -  Fabel 18 yd pass from Hill (Spillane kick), 10-62 (4:40) --- 13-7
        00:14	DUQ - Crimmins 30 yd field goal, 9-57 (1:35) --- 16-7
        00:09	DUQ - Thomas 19 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 1-19 (0:05) --- 23-7
3rd	3:41	MU - McLafferty 56 yd pass from Hill (Hill to Sterling), 3-60 (1:01) --- 23-15
4th	14:54	MU - Sterling 17 yd pass from Hill (Hill to Sterling), 6-57 (1:52) --- 23-23
	13:19	DUQ - Dorsey 5 yd pass from Buechel (Crimmins kick), 4-38 (1:23) --- 30-23
	00:19	DUQ - Crimmins 25 yd field goal, 4-6 (1:43) --- 33-23

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Ho (12-84-0); MU - Asante (27-129-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Buechel (14-27-1-223-3); MU - Hill (18-31-0-278-3)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Thomas (6-102-1); MU - Sterling (7-84-1), McLafferty (4-113-1)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Kuntz (10/9), Piekarski (10/6); MU - Damirgan (8/4), Onuekwusi (8/3)

Duquesne has posted 17 winning seasons in the past 20 years ... the Dukes finished with 7.0 tackles for loss including 5.0 sacks ... DU was penalized just twice for 10 yards, while Monmouth was flagged 10 times for 86 yards ... freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour), who completed 14-of-27 passes for 223 yards and three TD's, finished the season with school records for pass completions (217) and attempts (373) ... his 2,569 yards - in addition to being a school freshman record - were the sixth-most in school history ... this was Buechel's first career three-touchdown game (14 yards to Devin Rahming, 19 yards to Dave Thomas & 5 yards to Ethan Dorsey) ... redshirt freshman placekicker Austin Crimmins (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) set a school single-game record with four field goals (33, 27, 30 & 25) ... Crimmins tied the school single-season record of 15 set by Charlie Leventry last season ... sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) tied teammate Rich Piekarski for game high with 10 tackles ... Kuntz finished with nine solo stops including 3.5 sacks for -27 yards ... in all, Kuntz was credited with 4.5 tackles for loss, giving him 19.5 for the season (1.8 per game) ... redshirt sophomore Dave Thomas (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) posted his second career 100-yard game with 6 catches for 102 yards, including a 19-yard TD ... the 102 yards were five shy of his career high set in the opener vs. Albany ... junior receiver Devin Rahming (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef/Yuba College) posted 129 all-purpose yards, including 74 on four receptions ... he followed a 49-yard reception with a 14-yard first quarter TD ... his 55 yard, momentum-changing kickoff return set up a 38 yard scoring drive that gave the Dukes a 30-23 lead after Monmouth had rallied from a 23-7 deficit to tie it ... junior Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools) carried 12 times for a career-high 84 yards (7.0 yards/carry) ... Ho set the tone for the game with a career-long 31 yard run on the Dukes' first offensive play ... DU's 170 yards rushing were a season high.


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