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Duquesne Releases 2013 Football Schedule
The Dukes open the 2013 season at home against Albany.

 
The Dukes open the 2013 season at home against Albany.
 

April 18, 2013

PITTSBURGH - The first-ever meeting with perennial Football Champion Subdivision power Youngstown State, highlights the 2013 Duquesne football schedule announced today.

The Dukes, who return 13 starters, will open against a familiar foe when former Northeast Conference member Albany visits Rooney Field on Aug. 31. This will be the sixth consecutive season the Great Danes, who are in their first season as a football-playing member of the Colonial Athletic Association, and Dukes will meet.

The following weekend, Duquesne heads to Ohio to face Pioneer Football League member Dayton. This will be the sixth-straight year the Dukes and Flyers - who have posted 35 winning seasons in the past 36 years - will meet. DU has won five of the past six, including a 17-7 win at Rooney Field last season, to take a 6-4 lead in the series.

On Sept. 21, the Dukes will make the 75-mile trip to Youngstown State to face the Penguins. YSU, which has played a BCS opponent every year since 2005, plays at Michigan State the week before hosting DU. Last season, Youngstown State picked up its first victory ever over a BCS program, defeating Pittsburgh 31-17 in the season opener at Heinz Field. YSU finished the 2012 campaign with a 7-4 mark, which included four-game and three-game winning streaks.

DU hosts Division II West Liberty, whose roster has been bolstered by the addition of 12 incoming transfers, on Oct. 5.

The Dukes, who are beginning their sixth season as an associate member of the NEC, open conference play against defending champion Wagner on Oct. 12. The game will serve as the highlight of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

DU plays back-to-back road games at Robert Morris on Oct. 19 and at Bryant on Oct. 26 before returning home to play Saint Francis, Pa. under the lights on Nov. 2.

Duquesne is at Sacred Heart on Nov. 9 before closing out conference play at home versus Central Connecticut State on Nov. 16.

DU completes the regular season on the road on Nov. 23 against another former NEC team in Monmouth.

 

 

The Dukes, under ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt, completes spring practice on Saturday, with the annual spring game slated for 2:45 p.m. on Rooney Field (the team will take the field at 2:00 p.m.).

For ticket information regarding the 2013 season, fans are encouraged to call 412-232-DUKE (3853).

Admission to the spring game is free.

2013 Duquesne Football
schedule subject to change

Date Opponent Time Aug. 31 ALBANY 12:10 Sept. 7 at Dayton 1:00 Sept. 21 at Youngstown State 4:00 Oct. 5 WEST LIBERTY 12:10 Oct. 12 WAGNER* (HC) 1:10 Oct. 19 at Robert Morris* 6:00 Oct. 26 at Bryant* 1:00 Nov. 2 SAINT FRANCIS, PA* 6:10 Nov. 9 at Sacred Heart* 12:00 Nov. 16 CCSU* 12:10 Nov. 23 at Monmouth 12:00

* - indicates Northeast Conference (NEC) games HC - Homecoming game vs. Wagner NEC-TV - Games to be announced

Home games are played at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field on the Duquesne campus

2013 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES

FIVE AT HOME
The Dukes will play five times at home and six times on the road. DU opens the season at home vs. Albany on Aug. 31. It is the earliest opener since 2003 (Aug. 30 at Bucknell) and earliest home opener since 2001 (Aug. 30 vs. VMI).

AT YOUNGSTOWN
DU will play FCS power Youngstown State for the first time in school history on Sept. 21. YSU, which won at Pitt last year, will play at Michigan State the week before it hosts the Dukes.

OLD FACES, NEW PLACES
DU will face former NEC members Albany and Monmouth. Albany is competing in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Monmouth will be an independent this season before joining the Big South in 2014.

NON-CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
With the NEC departure of Albany and Monmouth, DU will play five non-conference games: Albany (Colonial Athletic Association), Dayton (Pioneer Football League), Youngstown State (Missouri Valley Football Conference), West Liberty (Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and Monmouth (Independent).

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