All-America safety Serge Kona has three interceptions in the Dukes past two games.
Sept. 17, 2012
Game: #4 - Dukes open Northeast Conference play at Bryant
DUQUESNE (2-1, 0-0) at BRYANT (0-3, 0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Bulldog Stadium (3,400/Grass) • Smithfield, R.I.
RADIO: WMNY-AM 1360 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
STREAMING VIDEO & GAMETRACKER: BryantBulldogs.com
Duquesne, which completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 45-17 win at Valparaiso last Saturday, opens Northeast Conference play against Bryant (0-3, 0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1:00 p.m. (WMNY-AM 1360) in Smithfield, R.I. The Dukes begin defense of their 2011 NEC co-Championship (7-1 tied with Albany) against a Bryant team picked to finish third in the conference in a preseason poll of league coaches. Duquesne, picked to finish second, rolled up 546 total yards against Valpo, in posting its second win over a Pioneer Football League team in as many weeks (DU defeated Dayton at home, 17-7, on Sept. 8). Bryant, coming off a 51-7 home loss to No. 25 (Sports Network) Maine, is looking to avoid the first 0-4 start in program history. The Bulldogs opened NEC play with a 39-28 loss at Saint Francis, Pa. on Sept. 8. BU started the season with a 35-10 home loss to Marist of the Pioneer Football League. The Dukes, who were in the “others receiving votes” category in the first two Sports Network FCS Top 25 polls, did not receive any votes for the second time this season despite back-to-back wins over Dayton and Valpo.
DUKES AND BULLDOGS: This is the fifth meeting between Duquesne and Bryant ... DU snapped a two-game losing streak with a 37-29 win at Smithfield, R.I. in 2010 and followed that with a 31-28 victory at Pittsburgh last season to even the series at 2-2 ... four years ago, in the first meeting between the two, Bryant scored nine points in a 16 second span of the fourth quarter to break open a close game in handing Duquesne a 24-10 defeat in a non-conference game at Smithfield, R.I. ... in 2009, Bryant limited Duquesne to 133 yards in the second half in posting a 20-0 season-ending win over the Dukes at Rooney Field ... Bryant outgained Duquesne 341-257 in shutting out the Dukes for the first time since a 24-0 loss at Albany in the 2002 ECAC Classic ... in 2010, Sean Patterson threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and caught a fourth and Larry McCoy rushed for 160 yards in leading Duquesne to a 37-29 season-ending win at Bryant ... Bryant, which ran 25 more plays than Duquesne, only outgained the Dukes by 24 yards (469-445) ... last year, Connor Dixon caught three touchdown passes - the last of which put Duquesne ahead to stay with 9:22 left - to give the Dukes a 31-28 win on Rooney Field ... Duquesne outgained Bryant 379-276 in a game that saw four lead changes in the second half of a game played in steady rain.
The Last Meeting
October 1, 2011
Dukes Turn Back Bryant, 31-28
Connor Dixon caught three touchdown passes - the last of which put Duquesne ahead to stay with 9:22 left - as the Dukes extended their winning streak to four with a 31-28 Northeast Conference victory over Bryant on Rooney Field.
TWO OF THE BEST: Saturday’s game will feature two of the best running backs in the Football Championship Subdivision in seniors Jordan Brown (Bryant) and Larry McCoy (Duquesne). McCoy ranks second among FCS runners with 3,823 career yards, while Brown is third with 3,493. Brown has 22 career 100-yard rushing games, while McCoy tied the DU school record with his 21st last Saturday at Valparaiso. Brown has 35 career rushing TDs, McCoy has 31.
VALPO LEFTOVERS: Duquesne leads the series 2-0 ... the Dukes are 6-1 against Pioneer Football League teams (2-1 on the road) under head coach Jerry Schmitt ... it was the second straight week the Dukes held their opponent scoreless over the final three quarters ... Dayton led the Dukes 7-3 after one quarter in DU’s 17-7 win on Sept. 8 ... DU held Valpo scoreless on its last 11 drives ... Valpo, which had 176 yards after one quarter, finished with 291 ... senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) carried 29 times for 171 yards to tie the school record for career 100 yard games (21) set by Donte Small from 1998-01 ... he needs eight yards to pass Pedro Bowman (3,830 yards from 1981-84) and move into second place on Duquesne’s all-time rushing list ... McCoy’s career total stands at 3,823 ... McCoy went over the 100 yard mark on a 19 yard touchdown run with 2:08 left in the first half ... McCoy had 117 yards on 16 first half carries ... he has topped the 100 yard mark in 17 of his past 22 games ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit), who entered the game second on DU’s list with a .552 career completion percentage, completed 20-of-25 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns (3, 11) ... Patterson also passed Scott Knapp to assume the No. 4 spot on Duquesne’s all-time passing yardage list with 4,944 ... first-year Montana State transfer Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) caught 5 passes for 113 yards, including a 3 yard second quarter TD ... sophomore Noel Oduho (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), who entered the season with three career catches, caught 7 passes for 90 yards ... Oduho has 12 receptions for 141 yards in DU’s first three games ... All-America safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) picked off a pair of passes, giving him three in DU’s past two games ... sophomore linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) led the Dukes with 9 tackles (5 solo) including a pair of tackles for loss ... Bell had 4 tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble in last week’s win over Dayton.
• Duquesne returns nine starters from last year’s 9-2, 7-1 NEC co-Champions.
• Duquesne has won its past five NEC games: CCSU, Wagner, at Monmouth, at Sacred Heart and Robert Morris. DU has posted back-to-back road wins in NEC play for the first time (16-0 at Monmouth and 29-15 at Sacred Heart in the last two conference road games of 2011).
• DU is 12-4 in NEC play over the past two seasons (5-3 in 2010 and 7-1 last year). The Dukes went 4-11 in their first two seasons in the conference (2-5 in 2008 and 2-6 in 2009).
• DU has now defeated every team in the NEC under current head coach Jerry Schmitt.
• The Dukes, who ranked 4th nationally in total defense (281.6 ypg.), surrendered just two touchdowns in the last 12 quarters of 2011. Old Dominion scored seven touchdowns, including four in the final 11:22, in the season opener. The Dukes have bounced back to hold their past two opponents (17-7 over Dayton and 45-17 at Valpo) scoreless over the final three quarters in posting a pair of wins. DU returns just four starters on defense in senior linebackers Derrick Lakins, Chidozie Oparanozie and Horvin Latimer and senior AP All-America safety Serge Kona.
• Duquesne returns 85.5 percent of its rushing yards mainly in the legs of senior running back Larry McCoy. McCoy carried 288 times for 1,381 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior (ranked 9th nationally). McCoy, who topped 100 yards a school record nine times in 2011, needs 438 yards to surpass Donte Small (4,260 yards from 1998-01) as DU’s all-time leading rusher. In all, the Dukes return rushers who accounted for 17 of 19 rushing TDs last season.
• On the other hand, DU is in the process of replacing 89.9 percent of its receiving yardage which came primarily in the form of Isaac Spragg (59-662-5), Connor Dixon (40-792-16) and Brooks Roorback (30-254-0). Spragg led the NEC in receptions (5.4) while Dixon, whose 16 TD receptions were the third-most by an FCS receiver last season, was a first team All-NEC pick. In all, six departed pass catchers (including Joe Cangilla, tight end Brian Layhue and running back Bill Bair) accounted for 143 of 159 receptions, 1,912 of 2,033 yards and 22 of 23 touchdown catches in 2011. Senior running back Larry McCoy is DU’s top returning receiver (five catches last year). Returnees Noel Oduho, Akeem Moore and fullback Ethan Dorsey had three receptions each. Wide receivers Dave Thomas and Sean Brady had one apiece.
KEEP AN EYE ON
• Larry McCoy (3,823) needs 8 yards to pass Pedro Bowman (1981-84) and move into 2nd on DU’s all-time rushing list.
• McCoy needs one 100-yard game to take sole possession of the school record for 100-yard games (21) he shares with Donte Small (1998-01).
• McCoy (31) needs two rushing touchdowns to pass Mike Hilliard (32) and Donte Small (32) to move into the No. 2 spot on DU’s rushing touchdown list (Bowman leads with 41).
• Sean Patterson (4.944) needs 56 yards passing join Niel Loebig (10,254), Tony Zimmerman (7,313) and Dave Loya (6,180) as DU’s only 5,000-yard passers.