Serge Kona and the Dukes defense will look to slow the FCS's No. 6 rushing offense when it takes on Saint Francis, Pa. on Saturday.
Sept. 25, 2012
Game: #5 - Dukes Welcome the Red Flash for Homecoming
SAINT FRANCIS, PA. (2-2, 1-0) at DUQUESNE (3-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:10 p.m.
Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field (2,200/Sportexe) Pittsburgh, Pa.
RADIO: WMNY-AM 1360 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
STREAMING VIDEO & GAMETRACKER: GoDuquesne.com
DUKES AND RED FLASH MEET FOR 39TH TIME: Duquesne, which opened Northeast Conference play with a 35-21 win at Bryant last Saturday, hosts Saint Francis, Pa. (2-2, 1-0) in an NEC Homecoming battle on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:10 p.m. (WMNY-AM 1360). The Dukes began defense of their 2011 NEC co-Championship (7-1 tied with Albany) with the win at Bryant, who was picked to finish third in the conference in a preseason poll of league coaches. The Dukes, who have won their past six NEC games, are also looking to extend a home win streak that stands at eight. Saint Francis is 2-2 with both losses coming on the road to nationally ranked teams (55-7 in the opener at James Madison and 46-17 last week at Towson). The Red Flash own a conference home win over Bryant (39-28) and a road win at Morehead State (57-23). 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 third time this season despite consecutive wins over Dayton, Valparaiso and Bryant.
DUKES AND RED FLASH: Duquesne holds a 32-6 advantage in a series that dates back to 1913 ... the Red Flash is Duquesne's all-time, most-frequent opponent ... at Pittsburgh, DU leads 17-2 and in NEC matchups the Dukes hold a 3-1 advantage ... the Dukes have won 12 of 13 meetings since moving to the FCS level in 1993 ... Saint Francis ended a 10-game series losing streak with a 31-14 win over the Dukes at Loretto in 2009 ... since then, the Dukes have won two in a row (41-17 at home in 2010 and 41-14 at SFU last year) ... in the first NEC meeting between the two in 2008, Connor Dixon's 91-yard touchdown pass to Conrad Carter on the second-to-last play of the first half broke open a tight game as Duquesne took advantage of three first half Saint Francis turnovers to post a 21-7 win at Rooney Field ... three year's ago, SFU - then under current DU defensive coordinator Dave Opfar - ended a 10-game series losing streak in impressive fashion, rushing for 409 yards in posting a 31-14 win over Duquesne in the first night game ever at SFU's DeGol Field ... the win was Saint Francis' first over the Dukes since Nov. 7, 1992, when Duquesne competed at the Division III level ... in the past two meetings, DU has outgained Saint Francis 1,076-450 ... quarterback Sean Patterson has completed 23-of-40 passes for 568 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception in his past two games against the Red Flash.
MORE ON THE DUKES: This is Duquesne's fifth season as a scholarship-granting football program and fifth season as an associate member of the Northeast Conference. With the move to the NEC, Duquesne offered 18 scholarships in February of 2008. That number has increased to 32 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 third season the NEC regular season champion will be an automatic qualifier for the Division I Football Championship.
The Last Meeting
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September 24, 2011
Patterson Passes Dukes Past Saint Francis 41-14
In a matchup of the NEC's top two running backs, it was Duquesne quarterback Sean Patterson who stole the spotlight with four first-half touchdown passes as Duquesne opened Northeast Conference play with a 41-14 win at Saint Francis, Pa.
SECOND TO NONE: Duquesne, which was victimized for 47 second-half points in the season-opening 57-23 loss at Old Dominion, has surrendered just one second half touchdown (in the third quarter at Bryant) in its past three games.
A CLOSER LOOK: Saint Francis, which is averaging 30.0 points per game, has the nation's sixth most prolific rushing offense at 271.3 ypg. ... senior RB Keion Wade ranks 33rd nationally with a 95.8 ypg. average ... on the other hand, the Red Flash pass offense ranks 117th of 121 schools at 86.3 ypg. ... Duquesne, which scored 18 points off four Bryant turnovers last weekend, ranks 11th nationally and leads the NEC in turnover margin ... senior running back Larry McCoy, who ran for 113 yards in the fourth quarter at Bryant, ranks 13th nationally in rushing at 124.5 ypg. ... safety Serge Kona is tied for fourth in the FCS with three interceptions ... the Dukes have nine interceptions through four games ... Duquesne leads the NEC in pass efficiency at 137.68.
BRYANT LEFTOVERS: Duquesne has now won three in a row over Bryant to take a 3-2 series lead ... the Dukes extended their NEC win streak to six, including three straight on the road ... DU is 13-4 in NEC play over the past two-plus seasons ... Duquesne went 4-11 in its first two seasons in the conference ... with his 154 yards on 26 carries senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) passed Pedro Bowman (3,830 yards from 1981-84) to move into second place on Duquesne's all-time rushing list ... McCoy, whose career total stands at 3,977, needs 284 yards to break the school record of 4,260 set by Donte Small from 1998-01 ... McCoy passed Bowman on a 9 yard run on the Dukes' second possession ... his two rushing touchdowns (54, 7) moved him into the second spot on DU's rushing TD list with 33 ... he trails only Bowman who ran for 41 scores ... McCoy also took sole possession of the school record for 100 yard games with his 22nd ... he entered the game tied with Small for the DU record ... McCoy has topped the 100 yard mark in 18 of his past 23 games ... McCoy had 113 yards on 8 fourth quarter carries ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) completed 22-of-36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns to become the fourth player in school history to top the 5,000 career passing yard mark ... Patterson, who went over the 5,000 yard mark on a 7 yard completion to Gianni Carter in the first quarter, has thrown for 5,191 yards and 52 touchdowns ... only Niel Loebig (10,254), Tony Zimmerman (7,313) and Dave Loya (6,180) have thrown for more yards ... and only Loebig (103) and Zimmerman (73) have tossed more TD passes ... Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) finished with a career high 14 tackles (10 solo) ... he also had 1.5 tackles for loss and turned in one of the biggest defensive plays of the game when he stripped the ball from Bryant's Jordan Brown at the 3-yard-line with the Dukes trailing 21-17 ... Bell's previous career high was 9 stops set last year at Albany ... he has 23 tackles in his past two games ... Chidozie Oparanozie (Pittsburgh, Pa./Linsly School) tied his career high with 13 stops (9 solo) ... Horvin Latimer (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) had a sack to go along with his second interception of the season ... Latimer finished with 7 tackles (5 solo) ... first-year Montana State transfer Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) caught 8 passes for 84 yards ... he has 13 catches for 197 yards in his past two games ... sophomore Noel Oduho (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), who entered the season with three career catches, added 6 receptions for 65 yards ... Odudo has 13 catches for 155 yards in his past two games.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Larry McCoy (3,977) needs 23 yards to reach the 4,000 yard mark.
McCoy needs 284 yards to pass Donte Small (4,260 from 1998-01) and become DU's all-time leading rusher.
McCoy (33) needs 9 rushing touchdowns to pass Pedro Bowman (41 from 1981-84) and become the school's all-time leader.
Sean Patterson (407) needs 11 completions to pass Dave Loya (417 from 1994-97) and move into the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time list.
Jerry Schmitt (45) needs three victories to tie Elmer Layden (48 from 1927-33) for the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time coaching wins list.