2012 Football Season Review
Jan. 31, 2013
Duquesne (5-6, 3-5/T6th in NEC), which saw its Northeast Conference title hopes dashed in a loss at Robert Morris on Nov. 3, finished the year with four consecutive losses - none of which was by a margin greater than seven points.
Picked to finish second in the NEC preseason poll, DU jumped out to a 4-1 start before seeing a four-game winning streak snapped by a 38-31 loss at CCSU. The Dukes, who entered the CCSU game without all-time leading rusher Larry McCoy who had started 27 games in a row, fell behind 17-0 early in the second quarter before rallying to tie it in the third only to fall, 38-31.
DU rallied the following weekend to defeat Sacred Heart 35-3 before Monmouth ended a 10-game DU home win steak with a 28-27 win. In picking up on the theme that began with the CCSU game, the Dukes fell behind 21-7 only to see a late rally fall short.
The next weekend, the Dukes - down 17-13 and facing 1st-and-goal at the Robert Morris 5 with three minutes left - failed to punch it in and were mathematically eliminated from the title chase.
On Nov. 10 DU, which trailed 35-7 at the half, outscored Albany 24-3 in the second half only to fall one TD short in a 38-31 Senior Day loss.
In the season finale, Duquesne rallied from a 14-3 deficit to take a 17-14 fourth quarter lead only to see Wagner score with 5:54 left. Duquesne recovered two Wagner fumbles late in the game - the first in the end zone two plays prior to Wagner's final TD and the second at the WC 44 on a free kick following Wagner's late-game safety - but had both plays nullified by offside calls.
The Dukes were led by senior running back Larry McCoy who ran for 1,070 yards and 11 TDs. McCoy finished his career as DU's all-time leading rusher and the second-leading rusher in NEC history with 4,549 yards.
Three-year starting quarterback Sean Patterson completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,359 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Junior third team All-American Dorian Bell paced the defense with 92 tackles (11.5/g.) including 12.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three fumbles forced despite missing the last two games with a hand injury.
Fellow linebacker Horvin Latimer finished his senior year with 91 tackles, giving him a team-high 252 for his career. Latimer had 7.0 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.
Senior safety Serge Kona had 70 tackles and a team-high three interceptions.
Senior placekicker Charlie Leventry finished with 78 points including a school record 15 field goals.