@DuqFB Opens NEC Play Hosting Wagner Saturday
Oct. 4, 2017

DUQUESNE FOOTBALL GAMEDAY
Game 5 Duquesne (3-1, 0-0) vs Wagner (2-3, 0-1)
Date | Time Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Location Rooney Field (2,200/Sportexe) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
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OPENING KICK
• Duquesne (3-1) opens Northeast Conference (NEC) play hosting Wagner (2-3) on Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field in the annual homecoming game.

• The Dukes are coming off a 38-13 win last week over West Virginia Wesleyan while the Seahawks also earned a win, topping Lehigh 37-20.

• The victory over WV Wesleyan last week marked Duquesne's 100th win at Arthur J. Rooney Field, which has served as the home of the Dukes since the 1993 season. With the triumph, Duquesne has now won 10 straight home openers.

• Quarterback Tommy Stuart threw for a career-high four touchdowns against WV Wesleyan, giving him 11 touchdown passes on the season. Junior wide receivers Nehari Crawford and Kareem Coles had two touchdown catches apiece in the win. Stuart ranks fourth in the FCS in completion percentage (70.8 percent) while Crawford is fifth with six receiving touchdowns on the year.

• Duquesne enters 2017 after posting an 8-3 ledger in 2016 which saw the Dukes capture their fourth Northeast Conference title in the last six seasons with a 5-1 ledger in league action. Duquesne was tabbed as the 2017 preseason NEC favorite.

QUICK HITS
• Duquesne (3-1, 0-0) opens NEC play hosting Wagner (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Rooney Field in the annual homecoming game.

• The Dukes are coming off a 38-13 win last week over West Virginia Wesleyan while the Seahawks also earned a win, topping Lehigh 37-20.

• The victory over WV Wesleyan last week marked Duquesne's 100th win at Arthur J. Rooney Field, which has served as the home of the Dukes since the1993 season. With the triumph, Duquesne has now won 10 straight home openers. Duquesne is 100-27-0 all-time at Rooney Field including winning streaks of 16, 14 and 10 games (twice). Duquesne owns nonconference home wins over Dayton (five times), Bucknell (four times), Lafayette (twice), Albany, VMI, Monmouth, Butler, Morehead State and Fordham among others over the past 16 seasons. DU is 40-12 in nonconference home games (23-3 under Jerry Schmitt) on Rooney Field.

• Graduate transfer quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) threw for a career-high four touchdowns against WV Wesleyan, giving him 11 touchdown passes on the season. Junior wide receivers Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) and Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho) had two touchdown catches apiece in the win.

• Linebacker Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) was recently named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Stone, a three-time All-NEC performer, finished with a game-high eight tackles with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery last week in the victory over the Bobcats.

• Duquesne is receiving one vote in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 released on Monday afternoon. Defending national champion James Madison owns the top spot in the rankings, followed by North Dakota State second and Sam Houston State third.

• Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) recorded his eighth career 100-yard rushing game in week two 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.

• With Hines out of the lineup in week three at Dayton, junior running back P.J. Fulmore (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) had a team-high 21 carries for 83 yards in the win.

• With both Hines and Fulmore sidelined against West Virginia Wesleyan, freshman running back DeWayne Murray III (Homestead, Pa./Steel Valley) rushed for a game-high 83 yards on 14 carries in his collegite debut, an average of 5.9 yards per carry.

• Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) has paced the Duquesne receivers this season with 25 catches for 355 yards and six touchdowns. His six touchdown receptions rank sixth in the country. Crawford had career-highs of nine catches for 138 yards and a pair of scores at Valpo in week two. Junior Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho) has caught 14 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns while senior Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia) has 19 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown.

• Sophomore linebacker Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland) leads the Dukes with 28 tackles on the season (team-high 14 solo) with a tackle for loss, three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Fellow Murrysville native Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) has 25 tackles (11 solo) in three games on the year to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry. Junior defensive back Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) is tied for third on the team with 24 tackles with senior linebacker Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic), who has 3.5 tackles for loss including 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

• 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 35-25 in non-conference games under 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt with wins over Robert Morris (three times prior to joining the NEC), Dayton (seven 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.

• 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.

THE SERIES
• This marks the 12th meeting between the Dukes and Seahawks in the series that dates back to the 1992 season. Duquesne has won two in a row over Wagner.

• The Dukes are 6-3 against the Seahawks in NEC play and 4-2 vs. Wagner in Pittsburgh.

• The Seahawks needed double overtime to earn their only win at Rooney Field in 2009, defeating Duquesne by a score of 23-17. The Dukes are 5-2 against Wagner since that game including a 3-0 at home.

LAST MEETING
DUQUESNE 28, WAGNER 20 - A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) ran for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Duquesne erased an early 10-point deficit to take over sole possession of second place in the NECwith a 28-20 win at Wagner.

• Hines scored on runs of 60 and 18 yards to bring his season rushing yardage total to 1,095, making him the first Duquesne freshman to top 1,000 yards at the Football Championship Subdivision level.

Blair Roberts (Rochester, N.Y./Trinity-Pawling/Old Dominion) added 110 yards receiving, including an 18 yard touchdown catch, for the Dukes.

Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) and Nate Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) had 10 tackles each for the Dukes, who finished with three sacks.

• The Dukes held the Seahawks to 56 yards on their final 20 plays of the second half.


SCOUTING WAGNER
• After opening the season with a 37-7 win over Saint Anselm, the Seahawks dropped three consecutive games to Saint Francis (31-6), Columbia (17-14) and FBS Western Michigan (49-14). Wagner bounced back last week with a 37-20 victory over visiting Lehigh.

• The Seahawks rank third in the country with nine interceptions on the season, including three by defensive back David Thomas. Wagner is seventh in NCAA FCS with 12 turnovers gained.

• Linebacker Quintin Hampton ranks fifth in the country with 2.0 tackles for loss per game and 1.2 sacks per contest.

• Running back Ryan Fulse sits eighth in NCAA FCS with six rushing touchdowns on the season. He had a pair of touchdowns against Columbia and again vs. Lehigh.

LAST TIME OUT
DUQUESNE 38, WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN 13 - After a scoreless first quarter, the Dukes scored 24 points in the second period highlighted by a pair of touchdown receptions by junior wide receiver Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho).

Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) completed 24-of-29 (82.8 percent) of passes for 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

• Freshman running back DeWayne Murray III (Homestead, Pa./Steel Valley) paced the Dukes with 83 yards on 14 carries in his collegiate debut, including a game-long 21-yard rush.

• Crawford led the Duquesne receiving core with six catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It marked the junior's third career multi-touchdown game.

• Junior running back Ricky Mellick (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle) scored his first career touchdown in the win, while freshman kicker Jacob Gill (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) connected on his first career field goal from 41 yards out.

Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic led all players with eight tackles (five solo) including 2.5 sacks to go with a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) and linebacker Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) contributed seven tackles apiece for the Dukes.

• Defensive end Andy Struttmann (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) added five tackles, including 1.5 sacks for Duquesne.

• The Dukes outgained the Bobcats 398-198 in the win, including advantages of 258-102 in passing yards and 140-96 on the ground.

WAGNER 37, LEHIGH 20 - Quarterback Luke Massei threw for 205 yards, running backs Denzel Knight and Ryan Fulse ran for 153 and 107 yards, respectively, and the Wagner defense came up with a school-record tying five interceptions in a 37-20 win over Lehigh.

• The five interceptions by the Seahawk defense matched the five that Wagner came up with at Monmouth on Oct. 15, 2005. Keying the big-play defensive effort was sophomore strong safety David Thomas who tied a school-record with three interceptions, matching the three that Tony Jones picked off vs. Iona on Oct. 16, 2004.

• The Seahawks also delivered a five-sack effort led by two apiece from junior linebacker Quintin Hampton and sophomore linebacker Cameron Gill.

• Wagner outgained Lehigh by a slim margin of 454-445 yards, highlighted by a 249-139-yeard edge on the ground.


 

 

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