Sept. 30, 2013
Game:#4 - Dukes at home for first time since August 31
WEST LIBERTY (2-2) at DUQUESNE (1-2)
Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:10 p.m.
Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field (2,200/Sportexe) Pittsburgh, Pa.
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DUKES HOST WEST LIBERTY
Duquesne, which has been idle since a 59-17 loss at Youngstown State on Sept. 21, returns home to face Division II West Liberty University (2-2) on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:10 p.m. (WJAS-AM 1320). The West Liberty game is just the second in nearly a month for the Dukes who were also idle on Sept. 14. It is also DU's first home game since the season-opener on August 31. Ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt is 13-2 in non-conference home games, with one of the losses coming at the hands of the Hilltoppers (21-19 on Sept. 30, 2006) in the only previous meeting between the two schools. Duquesne is looking to snap a two-game losing streak against a WLU team that is coming off a 20-3 loss to Concord University on Saturday. West Liberty is 1-1 on the road with a 10-9 season-opening loss at Catawba College and a 9-0 win at West Virginia State on Sept. 21.
This is the second meeting between Duquesne and West Liberty University. WLU, which competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Mountain East Conference, defeated the Dukes 21-19 on Sept. 30, 1996 on Rooney Field.
DUQUESNE AT A GLANCE
Redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel (pronounced BEE-kull), who has earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors twice (Sept. 2 & 23), has thrown for 966 yards and five TDs in his first three collegiate games. The 6-3, 176-pounder from nearby Montour High School ranks fifth nationally in passing yards per game (322 ypg.). Buechel came within five yards of becoming the first freshman in school history to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games when he threw for 295 yards on Sept. 7 at Dayton. He followed that with 362 yards - three shy of the DU freshman record - at Youngstown State (he had 309 against Albany in the season opener on Aug. 31). Sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz, another WPIAL product (Chartiers Valley), leads DU with 24 tackles. Kuntz also leads the team with 6.0 tackles for loss, including a team-high 2.0 sacks. Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Reed, Buechel's high school teammate at Montour, ranks second on the team with 22 tackles (9 solo). Preseason All-NEC pick Gianni Carter has opened the season with three-straight 100-yard games (6-103-1 vs. Albany, 7-135-2 at Dayton & 4-134-1 at Youngstown State) to lead the receiving corps. It is the first time since 2002 (Jeremy Conley) that a DU receiver has posted three-straight 100-yard games. Carter ranks third nationally in receiving yards per game (124.0). Redshirt freshman Austin Crimmins has made good on all five of his field goal attempts (30, 22, 26, 27, 30). His 1.7 FGs per game rank tied for sixth nationally. DU is averaging 63.3 yards rushing and 325.0 yards passing per game. DU opponents are averaging 127.3 yards rushing and 284.3 yards passing per game
PERFECT IN THE RED ZONE
The Dukes (8-of-8) are one of five FCS schools who are perfect in the red zone this season. The complete list of those who have yet to come up empty when moving inside the opponent 20 are: Tennessee Tech (17-of-17, 14 TDs), North Dakota (14-of-14, 12 TDs), Duquesne (8-of-8, 3 TDs), Cornell (5-of-5, 3 TDs) and Norfolk State (2-of-2, 2TDs).
ON WEST LIBERTY
the 2013 Hilltoppers were picked to finish fifth out of 11 teams in the WVIAC preseason coaches poll ... the `Toppers, who are in their ninth season under head coach Roger Waialae, have posted winning seasons in seven of the past eight years ... West Liberty surged to a 6-5 record in 2012 after winning four of its final six, including a one-point win over Shepherd ... 5-11, 185-pound sophomore quarterback Dylan Lagarde saw action in all 11 games last season with five starts ... the California native threw for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns and 14 interceptions ... WLU returns its leading rusher in 5-7 junior Isaiah Moody ... Moody, who played junior college ball with DU guard Frank Balmaceda at ASA Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., added 618 yards and six touchdowns on the ground last season ... the Hilltoppers return eight defensive starters, including cornerback Justin Black and safeties Alec Wood and Jovantae Johnson ... Black and senior linebacker Marquis Bradley were named the USA College Football NCAA Division II Pre-Season All-America second team ... senior NT Nate Maleski was named third team and Johnson received honorable mention.
ONE OF D-II's TOP "Ds"
West Liberty, which has struggled offensively (149th in Division II in total offense at 263 ypg.), has been outstanding on the defensive side of the football. The Hilltoppers rank among the Top 20 in Division II in red zone defense (4th at 40%), scoring defense (5th at 10.8 ppg.), total defense (10th at 280.5 ypg.), passing yards allowed (11th at 147.5 ypg.), fewest first downs allowed (13th at 43) and pass efficiency defense (14th at 96.41).
IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Duquesne is 20-17 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 7-15 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 is 7-4 in non-conference games over the past four seasons (1-1 this year).
CARTER ON A ROLL
Senior preseason All-NEC pick Gianni Carter has opened the season with three-straight 100-yard receiving games. It is just the fifth time it has been done since the Dukes moved to the FCS level in 1993. No Duke has ever recorded four consecutive 100 yard receiving games:
DUKES WITH THREE CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES
Gianni Carter (2013) - (6-103-2) vs. Albany; (7-135-2) at Dayton; (4-134-1) at Youngstown St.
Jeremy Conley (2002) - (8-105-2) at La Salle; (7-103-2) vs. Iona; (6-137-3) vs. Canisius
Yardon Brantley (2001) - (2-108-2) at Fairfield; (6-136-1) at Marist; (6-115-1) vs. Canisius
Gerald Foster (1999) - (8-117-1) at Georgetown; (8-169-0) at Lafayette; (6-182-2) vs. Canisius
Joe Rosato (1995) - (6-137-0 ) at Georgetown; (6-125-3) vs. Gannon; (5-111-1) vs. Saint Peter's
FCS TOP FRESHMAN PASSERS
Duquesne QB Dillon Buechel, who has thrown for over 300 yards in two of his first three college games, leads the nation's FCS freshman signal-callers in yards per game and efficiency:
YARDS PER GAME
1. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (322.0)
2. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (248.0)
3. Austin Gahafer, Morehead State (174.8)
1. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (155.0)
2. John Russ, Mercer (153.3)
3. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (143.8)
YARDS PER COMPLETION
1. John Russ, Mercer (17.03)
2. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (15.09)
3. Ka'Darius Baker, Houston Baptist (13.89)
1. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (1,240/5 g)
2. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (966/3 g)
3. Trenton Norvell, Western Illinois (767/5 g)