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Quarterback Sean Patterson ran for a game-high 111 yards in last year's 28-21 win over CCSU.
 
Quarterback Sean Patterson ran for a game-high 111 yards in last year's 28-21 win over CCSU.
 

Oct. 8, 2012


Duquesne Game Notes

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Game: #6 - Dukes follow off week with fourth road game of season
DUQUESNE (4-1, 2-0) at CCSU (0-5, 0-2)
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:00 p.m.
Arute Field (5,500/FieldTurf) • New Britain, Conn.

RADIO: WMNY-AM 1360 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
STREAMING VIDEO & GAMETRACKER: CCSUBlueDevils.com / www.NECFrontRow.com

DUKES FOLLOW OFF WEEK WITH TRIP TO CONNECTICUT: Duquesne, which was idle last week, brings a four-game win streak into its game at Central Connecticut State (0-5, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:0 p.m.  (WMNY-AM 1360). CCSU, which was also off last weekend, is looking to end a streak of its own - one of five consecutive losses. CCSU has not opened a season 0-6 since the 1986 team went winless (0-10). The Dukes began defense of their 2011 NEC co-Championship with a 35-21 win at Bryant and followed that with a 24-21 victory over Saint Francis on Sept. 29. DU has trailed in the fourth quarter of three of its four wins (7-3 in the 17-7 win over Dayton, 21-17 at Bryant and 21-13 vs. Saint Francis). The Dukes, who have won their past seven NEC games, are also looking to extend a modest NEC road win streak that stands at three. The Dukes, who were in the "others receiving votes" category in the first two Sports Network FCS Top 25 polls, were dropped from the poll for three weeks prior to receiving votes on Oct. 1. DU received two points this week.

DUKES AND BLUE DEVILS: Duquesne, which notched its first series win last year at Rooney Field by a 28 -21 score, is 0-3 all-time at CCSU ... Sean Patterson scored on a 4 yard run with 42 seconds left to cap a 90 yard drive and give DU the win last season ... Patterson, who had a 42 yard run during the Dukes' final drive, finished with a then career-high 111 yards rushing on 12 carries. Larry McCoy added 97 yards and two touchdowns for DU ... in the last meeting at CCSU, the Dukes scored two touchdowns in the final 2:07 - the last of which was a five-yard pass from Patterson to Dave Williams on fourth-and-goal on the final play of the game ... Patterson then found Akeem Moore for an apparent game-tying two point conversion, but the play was denied when it was ruled that Moore had stepped out of the end zone prior making the catch as the Dukes fell 31-29 ... DU, behind a career-best 246 yards rushing from Larry McCoy, finished with 461 total yards ... CCSU, which got 142 yards rushing from Everette Benjamin, finished with 375 ... in the 2009 at Pittsburgh, Hunter Wanket threw for a career-high 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns as CCSU rallied from a 21-10 third quarter deficit to defeat Duquesne 31-24 ... Patterson, a redshirt freshman at the time, threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start ... four years ago, in the inaugural NEC meeting between the two, James Mallory ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns to give CCSU enough cushion to hold off a late Duquesne rally in a 35-23 Blue Devils win at New Britain, Conn. ... DU cut a 28-10 deficit to 11 midway through the fourth quarter and was on the doorstep to cut further into that lead when Alex Roberson fumbled into the end zone following a 43 yard catch-and-run ... CCSU scored on its next possession to ice the game ... Central Connecticut State, which entered the game ranked 10th nationally in rushing offense, gained 286 yards on the ground, including 150 in jumping out to a 21-10 halftime lead ... the first meeting between the two was on Nov. 13, 1993 ... in that game, the Dukes, in their first season at the I-AA non-scholarship level, jumped out to a 16-0 second quarter lead only to see CCSU reel off 27 consecutive points on the way to a 41-22 win in front of 880 fans ... the `93 Dukes finished 4-6 in their first season under head coach Greg Gattuso.

The Last Meeting
CCSU21
Duquesne28
October 15, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Late Stop and Score Lift Dukes to 28-21 win over CCSU
Sean Patterson scored on a 4 yard run with 42 seconds left to cap a 90 yard drive and give Duquesne a 28-21 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut State.

KEEP AN EYE ON
Larry McCoy (4,099) needs 162 yards to pass Donte Small (4,260 from 1998-01) and become DU's all-time leading rusher.
• McCoy (829) needs 15 carries to pass Small (843) for most career rushing attempts.
• McCoy (35) needs 7 rushing touchdowns to pass Pedro Bowman (41 from 1981-84) and become the school's all-time leader.
Sean Patterson (429) needs 15 completions to pass Tony Zimmerman (443 from 1998-00) and move into the No. 2 spot on DU's all-time list.
• Patterson has not been intercepted in his past 73 pass attempts (dating back to the third quarter at Valpo).
Jerry Schmitt (46) needs two victories to tie Elmer Layden (48 from 1927-33) for the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time coaching wins list.

FCS LONGEST CURRENT CONFERENCE WIN STREAKS
14 -- Lehigh , Patriot
10 -- Harvard, Ivy
 8 -- Bethune-Cookman, Mid-Eastern
 7 -- DUQUESNE, Northeast
 7 -- Drake, Pioneer
 7 -- Stony Brook, Big South
 6 -- Old Dominion, Colonial

SECOND TO NONE: Duquesne, which was victimized for 47 second-half points in the season-opening 57-23 loss at Old Dominion, has given up just 21 second-half points in its past four games.

A CLOSER LOOK: The Dukes, who have 10 interceptions through five games, rank 10th nationally in turnover margin ... seven players have picked off a pass led by Serge Kona with three ... Duquesne leads the NEC in turnover margin (1.40) pass efficiency offense at 137.97 ... Larry McCoy ranks 11th nationally in rushing yards/g. (124.00) ... DU has won five in a row following off weeks ... the Dukes are 5-2 after an off week under Jerry Schmitt.

NCAA 4,000 YARD RUSHERS
all levels (FBS, FCS, D-II & D-III)
4,588 -- Eric Breitenstein, Wofford    FCS
4,375 -- Rayon Simmons, Winona State    D-II
4,167 -- Franklyn Quiten, Bloomsburg    D-II
4,142 -- Daronte McNeill, Elizabeth City St.    D-II
4,099 -- Larry McCoy, Duquesne    FCS
4,032 -- Joe Glendening, Hillsdale    D-II

MOST CARRIES IN COLLEGE FB
all levels (FBS, FCS, D-II & D-III)
875 -- Daronte McNeill, Elizabeth City St.    D-II
829 -- Larry McCoy, Duquesne    FCS
825 -- Mont Williams, Findlay    D-II
824 -- Joe Glendening, Hillsdale    D-II


SAINT FRANCIS LEFTOVERS: The Dukes extended their NEC win streak to seven and home win streak to nine ... DU is 14-4 in NEC play over the past three seasons ... Duquesne went 4-11 in its first two seasons in the conference ... Duquesne, which has won 13 of the past 14 meetings, upped its series lead to 33-6 ... the Red Flash, who entered the game ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense at 271 yards per game, were held to 226 yards on the ground by the Dukes who outgained the Red Flash 430-320 ... both teams were outstanding on third down with Duquesne converting 10-of-14 and Saint Francis converting 10-of-15 ... the win was the 46th at Duquesne for head coach Jerry Schmitt, who moved to within two victories of tying Elmer Layden for third on DU's all-time coaching wins list ... senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) went over the 4,000 career yard mark on a 6-yard run with 6:23 left in the first quarter ... McCoy, who carried 32 times for 122 yards, needs 162 to pass Donte Small (4,260 from 1998-91) and become DU's all-time leading rusher ... McCoy's rushing total currently stands at 4,099 ... with his two rushing touchdowns (4, 3), McCoy closed to within six of tying the DU career rushing TD record of 41 set by Pedro Bowman from 1981-84 ... McCoy added to his school record for 100 yard games with his 23rd ... McCoy has topped the 100 yard mark in 19 of his past 24 games, including the past four in a row ... he has run for 571 yards in his past four games ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit), who completed 22-of-31 passes for 251 yards, passed Dave Loya (417 completions from 1994-97) to move into the No. 3 spot on DU's career completions list with 429 ... junior receiver Sean Brady (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius), who entered the season with one career reception, posted career highs for catches (6) and yards (95) ... Brady has 21 catches for 270 yards through five games  ... Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) who posted a career-high 14 tackles in last week's win at Bryant had a game-high 12 tackles (10 solo) ... he has 35 tackles in his past three games ... Horvin Latimer (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) had his first double-digit tackle game of the season with 10 (7 solo).


 

 

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