Dukes Hit the Road to Take on Flyers
Duquesne defeated Dayton 17-7 on Rooney Field last season.

Sep 5, 2013

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Game:#2 - Dukes head west to face Dayton in first road game

 DUQUESNE (1-0) at DAYTON (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Stadium (11,000/Sport Turf) • Dayton, Ohio

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Duquesne, coming off a 35-24 win over Albany last Saturday, hits the road for the first time to face the Pioneer Football League's Dayton Flyers (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m. (WJAS-AM 1320). The Dukes, behind 309 yards passing from freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel, turned a 16-10 halftime lead into a 29-10 advantage when Buechel threw a pair of TDs in the span of a minute of the third quarter. Dayton, picked to finish fifth in the 12-team Pioneer Football League, opened with a 28-10 loss at Youngstown State on August 29

This is Duquesne's sixth season as a scholarship-granting football program. With the move to the Northeast Conference as an associate member, Duquesne offered 18 scholarships in February of 2008. That number has increased to 35 this season. Duquesne granted only need-based financial aid for football playing student-athletes as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League from 1994 through 2007. The NEC competed as a non-scholarship member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision until 2006 when the conference adopted an athletics-based aid model. This is the fourth season the NEC regular season champion will be an automatic qualifier for the Division I Football Championship.

Although Dayton and Duquesne share membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference in all sports other than football, grid meetings between the two were scarce until 2001. The series began with a 20-0 Duquesne home win over the Flyers on Nov. 13, 1920. The two also met in a home-and-home series in 1923 and 1924 with Dayton winning twice. Dayton's 42-16 win at Rooney Field in 2001 - in addition to ending a 14-game DU home winning streak - marked a renewal of the series. In 2002, Duquesne, ranked No. 2 in The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top 10, went to Dayton and defeated the No. 1 Flyers 35-28. Duquesne defeated Dayton 24-16 in 2008 in the Flyers' second trip to Pittsburgh since 1923 to even the series at 3-3. In 2009, UD returned the favor, defeating the Dukes 24-17 at Dayton. In 2010, Toledo, Ohio native Sean Patterson hit North Ridgeville, Ohio native Sean Bunevich with an eight-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left to give Duquesne a dramatic 35-31 win over Dayton at Rooney Field. In the last game at Dayton, Jared Williams blocked Nate Miller's 50-yard field goal attempt with two seconds left and returned it 48 yards for a score as Duquesne scored nine points in the final 30 seconds to end Dayton's FCS-best 10-game win streak with a 22-13 victory at Welcome Stadium . Duquesne took a 16-13 lead on a 24 yard Charlie Leventry field goal with 30 seconds left. Last year, Gianni Carter caught an 18-yard touchdown pass with 10:01 to go and Larry McCoy added a 7-yard run with 3:03 left as the Dukes rallied from a 7-3 fourth quarter deficit to pull out a 17-7 win on Rooney Field. The victory was DU's third in a row over the Flyers.

Duquesne has won five of the past six (including the last three in a row) to take a 6-4 series lead ... DU has won two of the past three played at Welcome Stadium ... Duquesne ended an FCS-best 10-game Dayton streak with a 22-13 win at UD in 2011 ... the Dukes handed Dayton its lone losses in 2010 (35-31 at Rooney Field; Dayton finished 10-1) and 2002 (35-28 at Dayton) ... the 2002 Flyers went on to win the Mid-Major National Championship with an 11-1 record ... Dayton snapped a 14-game Duquesne home win streak with a 42-16 Rooney Field win in 2001 ... Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt is 4-1 against the Flyers.

The Flyers opened the 2013 season with a 28-10 loss at No. 24 Youngstown State on Thursday, Aug. 29 ... YSU, which amassed 440 yards of total offense - including 367 on the ground - held just a 21-10 lead before sealing the game with a fourth quarter score ... Dayton, which forced four Youngstown turnovers, finished with 270 yards ... quarterback Will Bardo completed 21-of-44 pass for 195 yards and a TD, but was picked off twice ... Dayton was held to 75 yards rushing by a YSU defense that ranked fifth in the FCS in run defense last year.

Duquesne is 20-15 in non-conference games under ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt with wins over Robert Morris (three times prior to joining the NEC), Dayton (three times), Bucknell (twice), Fordham (twice) and Albany (once as a CAA member). At home, the Dukes are 13-2 in non-league play, while on the road Schmitt's Dukes have fashioned a 7-13 mark. DU snapped a seven-game skid in non-conference road games with a 22-13 win at Dayton on Sept. 3, 2011. The win snapped Dayton's FCS-best win streak at 10. DU, which  went 2-1 in non-conference games last season, is 1-0 this year.

That's how long it took the Dukes to get on the scoreboard this season. DU won the coin toss for the season opener vs. Albany and deferred to the second half. Following the kickoff, linebackers Sam Martello and Aaron Reed threw Albany's Kevin Chillis for a 13-yard loss and safety on the first play from scrimmage to give DU a 2-0 lead at the 14:48 mark of the first quarter.

Senior receiver Sean Brady's leaping, one-handed, 27-yard TD catch in the third quarter of the opener vs. Albany was No. 3 on ESPN's College Football Plays of the Week on Sept. 2. You can see the catch on DU's YouTube page by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP70eu_X2Uk. The play had 21, 275 views through Tuesday morning.

• Duquesne, which returns 13 position starters, lost five of its last six to finish 5-6 last season (3-5 in the NEC). All five of DU's NEC losses were by seven or fewer points (the average margin of defeat was -5.0 ppg.).

• Twenty-five returnees started at least once last season.

• Ten freshmen saw action in the opener vs. Albany: QB Dillon Buechel (RS), WR Chavas Rawlins, CB Sterling Parks, spec teams Xavier Nelson (RS), spec teams Anthony Alimenti (RS), LB Aaron Reed (RS), OL Larson Graham (RS), PK Austin Crimmins (RS), TE Kevin Enright (RS) and DL Jake Radziukinas (RS). Buechel, Parks, Reed, Graham and Crimmins all started.

• Redshirt freshman Dillon Buechel threw for 309 yards and 2 TDs in the season-opener vs. Albany. The first freshman to open the season under center since 2005 (Scott Knapp), Buechel earned NEC co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his effort. Buechel is replacing Sean Patterson, who started 33 consecutive games from 2010-12 (536-955-63-6,762-28). Patterson accounted for over 95 percent of DU's pass attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes  since 2010. Beuchel beat out senior Marty Mitchell (14-29-6-189-2) - the only quarterback on the roster who has attempted a college pass - for the start vs. Albany.

• Junior Ryan Ho (45-184-1 last year) rushed for 76 yards and two TDs (1, 25) in the win over Albany. Ho is replacing all-time rushing leader Larry McCoy (956-4,549-37) - another three-year starter.

• LB Sam Martello earned NEC co-Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping force a safety on the first play from scrimmage and adding a sack and forced fumble in the third quarter of the 35-24 win over Albany.




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