Dukes Hit the Road to Take on Dayton Saturday
Sept. 13, 2017
Dayton is coming off its first win of the season in week two, as the Flyers topped visiting Southeast Missouri by a score of 25-23. Freshman kicker Patrick Sandler connected on four field goals to help Dayton to victory.
Graduate transfer quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) has completed 70.0 percent of his pass attempts so far this season (42-of-60) for 467 yards and five touchdowns. He tallied three touchdown passes in the Dukes' win at Valpo to go with a rushing score.
Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) recorded his eighth career 100-yard rushing game on Saturday at Valpo. In addition, the reigning Jerry Rice Award winner had two touchdowns, his sixth career game with multiple touchdowns. Duquesne's 250 rushing yards against the Crusaders were the most for the Dukes since finishing with 251 yards at Dayton last season. Junior running back P.J. Fulmore (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) had a team-high 14 carries for 88 yards at Valpo, while Stuart rushed seven times for 48 yards in the win.
Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) has paced the Duquesne receivers this season with 13 catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Crawford had career-highs of nine catches for 138 yards and a pair of scores at Valpo. Senior Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia) has 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown while junior Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho) has caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Senior linebacker Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) paces the Duquesne defense with 18 tackles (seven
Duquesne posted an 8-3 record last season with a 5-1 mark in Northeast Conference play, earning a share of the conference crown. The Dukes have captured at least a share of the NEC title in four of the last six seasons. (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016). Duquesne returns 13 position starters entering the 2017 season (five on offense, eight on defense).
The Dukes are 33-25 in non-conference games under 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt with wins over Robert Morris (three times prior to joining the NEC), Dayton (six times), Bucknell (four times), Fordham (twice), Albany (once as a CAA member) and Monmouth (as an independent). At home, the Dukes are 22-3 in non-league play.
Head coach Jerry Schmitt entered the fall looking to develop a replacement for four-year starting quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour). Buechel, who finished his career as the NEC all-time passing leader with 10,320 yards, threw for 75 touchdowns as a three-time All-NEC player. The 2016 Walter Payton Award finalist led the Dukes to three Northeast Conference championships (2013-
An area of strength should be the running game with Jerry Rice Award-winning sophomore RB A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) (1,296 yards and 13 TDs) and junior P.J. Fulmore (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) (355 yards and two TDs) returning. The 5-11, 225-pound Hines, who entered the season as the nation's fifth-leading returning rusher (117.4 ypg.), and the 5-7, 200-pound Fulmore, will be running behind a veteran offensive line led by senior guard Ben Huss (Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair), a Third Team STATS FCS All-American and three-time All-NEC player as well as junior guard Matt Fitzpatrick (Pennsauken, N.J./Bishop Eustace), a second team All-NEC pick. Junior left tackle Alex Conley (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit ) is the third returning starter on the
Duquesne returns its top two tacklers in senior linebackers Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State ) (90 tackles) and Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic ) (73 tackles). The pair combined for 15.5 tackles for loss (7.5 by Henderson and 8.0 by Stone). Henderson and Stone, who started all 11 games last season, will help ease the loss of three-time All-American and NEC all-time sack leader Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley).
Redshirt junior safety Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep), who finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles and led the team with eight passes broken up, will anchor an experienced secondary that includes returning starters junior
The Dukes needed to find a replacement for P/PK Austin Crimmins (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria), who was the starting placekicker for four years (school record 57 career field goals) and three-year starting punter (school record 38.5 avg). Redshirt sophomore John Domit (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) finished spring ball has taken over placekicking duties, while fellow redshirt sophomore Mitch MacZura (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic/Ohio State) has taken over at punter. Freshman Jacob Gill (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) has emerged as a kick off specialist for the Dukes.
Duquesne is 31-17 in NEC play over the past seven seasons. The Dukes went 4-11 in their first two years in the conference while making the transition to a scholarship model. DU is 10-2 in NEC play over the past two years.
This marks the 15th meeting between the Dukes and Flyers in the series that dates back to the 1920 season.
Duquesne owns an 8-6 advantage in the series, claiming a 34-20 victory at Rooney Field last season. The home team has won the last five games between the two teams dating back to 2012.
Duquesne is looking to win two straight against Dayton for the first time since 2012. The Dukes also seek their first win in Dayton since the 2012 campaign, when Duquesne earned a 17-7 triumph on the road.
This marks the 10th consecutive year in which these two teams have met. The Dukes have won seven of their last 10 against the Flyers after Dayton won three of the first four meetings in the series.
DUQUESNE 34, DAYTON 20 - A.J. Hines rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Wayne Capers had eight catches for 143 yards and a score as Duquesne came from behind to defeat visiting Dayton, 34-20 at Rooney Field.
Hines' career-high 189 yards were the most by a Duquesne freshman running back since Larry McCoy ran for 195 yards at Nicholls State on Sept. 12, 2009.
The Dukes held the Flyers scoreless in the second half after facing a 14-6 first quarter deficit.
Dillon Buechel finished the day 18-39 for 227 yards with two touchdowns
Christian Kuntz made a team-high nine tackles (five
The Flyers were picked to finish second in the 11-team Pioneer Football League (PFL). Dayton finished 9-2 in 2016 with a 7-1 mark in PFL play. The Flyers' lone loss in PFL play came to San Diego in a 33-24 decision. Dayton is led by head coach Rick Chamberlain, a 1980 Dayton graduate who has spent 42 seasons with the Flyers program as a player, assistant coach and now
The Crusaders landed five players on the 2017 Preseason All-PFL team, including cornerback Christian Searles, linebacker Jack Crain, defensive end Nick Surges, offensive lineman Ben Gauthier and punter Sean Smith.
Senior running back Tucker Yinger paces the Flyers averaging 124.0 yards per game through the first two contests of the season. He is coming off a 141-yard performance against Southeast Missouri.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Kaparos has completed 21-of-38 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns through the first three games of the season.
Junior safety David Leisring was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week for his showing against SEMO, recording a career-high 13 tackles (six
Freshman kicker Patrick Sandler was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on field goals of 32, 25, 25 and 38 yards in the triumph.
LAST TIME OUTDUQUESNE 45, VALPARAISO 40 - Duquesne tallied 542 yards of total offense, earning its first victory of the 2017 season with a 45-40 triumph over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Duquesne outgained Valpo 542-511 in the contest, including a 250-84 advantage on the ground.
Quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) completed 28-of-38 passes for 292 yards and three touchdown passes. The Boise State graduate transfer finished with four total touchdowns, adding seven rushes for 48 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) paced Duquesne with 100 yards on 11 attempts with a pair of touchdowns. It marked his sixth career game with at least two touchdowns and his eighth career 100-yard game.
Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) led the Dukes with career-highs of nine catches for 138 yards. The junior hauled in two touchdowns for the second time in his career.
Linebacker Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) had a career-high 12 tackles (four
DAYTON 25, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 23 - Dayton held off Southeast Missouri for a 25-23 win Saturday at Welcome Stadium to give the Flyers their first win of the season.
Senior running back Tucker Yinger led Dayton with 141 yards on the ground. It was his second straight 100-yard performance after tallying 107 yards against Robert Morris.
Freshman placekicker Patrick Sandler's four field goals tied the Dayton single-game record.
The Dayton secondary finished with a pair of interceptions as well as a pick by
Quarterback Kyle Kaparos only completed eight passes, two of which were for touchdowns.
Dayton has now won 14 consecutive regular season home games.