Jonathant Istache's interception vs. Wagner was one of four takeaways for the Dukes in the win.
Oct. 11, 2017
The Dukes (4-1, 1-0) make the short trip to Moon Township to take on Robert Morris (2-3, 0-0) on Saturday night at Joe Walton Stadium. Kick off is set for 6 p.m. ET.
Duquesne is coming off a 38-0 victory over Wagner last week in the Dukes' NEC opener at Rooney Field. It was Duquesne's fourth straight victory and first shutout win since 2014.
Wide receiver Nehari Crawford was named the NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week while linebacker Brett Zanotto earned NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Crawford had a career-high 156 yards receiving with two touchdowns and Zanotto tallied a game-high eight tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss against Wagner.
Duquesne quarterback Tommy Stuart had four touchdown passes in the win over the Seahawks. He now has 15 touchdown passes on the year and has accounted for four total touchdowns in each of the last three games.
The Dukes have won four straight against the Colonials. Duquesne, the 2017 NEC preseason favorite, has won nine of its last 10 NEC contests.
The Dukes are coming off a 38-0 win last week over Wagner in Duquesne's NEC opener at Rooney Field. The Colonials dropped a 16-3 decision on the road at East Tennessee State of the Southern Conference.
Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) and sophomore linebacker Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland) each garnered Northeast Conference (NEC) Player of the Week accolades for their performance in Duquesne's 38-0 win over Wagner, conference officials announced on Monday. Crawford was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Zanotto was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Week.
Duquesne is receiving seven votes 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 Jacksonville State third.
The Dukes have won four straight games over Robert Morris.
Graduate transfer quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) threw for four touchdowns against Wagner, giving him 15 touchdown passes on the season.
Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) returned to the Dukes' lineup last week against Wagner after missing the previous two games with an injury. He led Duquesne with 77 yards on the ground with a 33-yard rushing touchdown in the win.
Junior tight end Stew Allen (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) caught his first career touchdown pass against Wagner last week on a 17-yard strike from Stuart. Stuart has now thrown touchdown passes to five different receivers on the season.
Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford is second in the FCS with eight receiving touchdowns on the season.
Quarterback Tommy Stuart is sixth in the country in both passing efficiency (169.2) and passing touchdowns (15).
The Dukes are fifth in the country in red zone offense, converting on 94.1 percent of trips inside their opponent's 20-yard line. Duquesne is 16-of-17 on the year with 14 touchdowns and a pair of field goals in the red zone.
The Dukes have won four straight games following a loss in the season opener at No. 4 South Dakota State. Since that game, Duquesne is outscoring its opponents by an average of 37-19
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.
Duquesne is 32-17 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 11-2 in NEC play over the past two years.
The victory over WV Wesleyan 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.
With both Hines and P.J. Fulmore (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) 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 collegiate debut, an average of 5.9 yards per carry.
Wide receiver Nehari Crawford has paced the Duquesne receivers this season with 31 catches for 511 yards and eight touchdowns.
Senior Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia) has 20 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown while junior Kareem Coles (San Diego, Calif./Madison/Idaho) has caught 14 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Brett Zanotto leads the Dukes with 36 tackles on the season (team-high 21 solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Fellow Murrysville native Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) has 32 tackles (16 solo) in four games on the year to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.
Linebacker Nathan Stone has 29 tackles (13 solo) this season with 4.5 tackles for loss including 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Junior defensive back Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) has tallied 26 tackles (16 solo) with an interception and two pass breakups.
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 23-3 in non-league play.
This marks the 19th meeting between the Dukes and Colonials in the series that dates back to the 1994 season. Duquesne has won four in a row over Robert Morris.
The Dukes are 6-3 against the Colonials in NEC play, but Robert Morris owns a 5-3 advantage against Duquesne in Moon Township. The series is knotted at 3-3 at Joe Walton Stadium.
The Colonials' last win over the Dukes came in a 17-13 decision on Nov. 3, 2012 at Joe Walton Stadium.
DUQUESNE 31, RMU 24 - Dillon Buechel threw three touchdown passes as Duquesne overcame a pair of first quarter turnovers to hand head coach Jerry Schmitt his 100th career win, 31-24, over Robert Morris on Rooney Field.
The Dukes, who outgained the Colonials 491-155, took their only lead on P.J. Fulmore's touchdown run with 7:54 left.
A.J. Hines led the Dukes with 182 yards rushing and Fulmore added 75 more as DU outgained RMU 233-33 on the ground.
Carter Henderson led Duquesne with seven tackles. Christian Kuntz added 2.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks.
Wide receivers Chavas Rawlins and Kellon Taylor (Landover, Md./DeMatha Catholic) each caught touchdown passes in the Dukes' victory.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
The Colonials (2-3, 0-0) have faced a difficult schedule thus far, taking on No. 6 Youngstown State, No. 2 North Dakota State and East Tennessee State all on the road.
Robert Morris topped Dayton 13-10 in the season opener before blanking VMI 23-0 in week three.
The Colonials are averaging 7.8 points and 214.2 yards per game this season. Quarterback Jimmy Walker has thrown for four touchdowns this season for Robert Morris' only offensive scores on the year.
Robert Morris defensive lineman Mike Lamb was named the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a pair of field goals last week at ETSU.
Drew Allen, a starting cornerback for the Colonials, is the twin brother of Duquesne tight end Stew Allen. The Allens are graduates of New Castle High School and were standouts on both the Hurricane football and state-championship basketball teams.
LAST TIME OUT
DUQUESNE 38, WAGNER 0 - Duquesne recorded its first shutout win since 2014 and Nehari Crawford tallied a career-high 156 receiving yards with a pair of touchdown catches for the Dukes.
Duquesne opened NEC play with a win for the eighth straight season and earned its first shutout victory since defeating Robert Morris 22-0 on Nov. 22, 2014.
Tommy Stuart completed 14-of-23 pass attempts for 238 yards and four touchdowns, while Crawford caught six passes for a career-best 156 yard and a pair of touchdowns.
Stuart has accounted for four total touchdowns in three straight games and has thrown for at least two scores in all five contests this season. Crawford now has three multi-touchdown games on the season and four for his career.
A.J. Hines, making his return to the Duquesne lineup after missing the last two games with an injury, rushed for a team-high 77 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
Brett Zanotto paced the Dukes with eight tackles including seven solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss. Jonathant Istache (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) had seven solo tackles to go with an interception and a forced fumble on the afternoon.
ETSU 16, Robert Morris 3 - East Tennessee State took advantage of a trio of Robert Morris turnovers en route to a 16-3 win over the Colonials.
Linebacker Gerald Ferguson finished with a career-high 13 tackles to go with a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss. Linebacker Tyler Lamica had a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss amongst his five stops.
The Colonial defense held the Bucs to 255 yards of offense, just 53 on the ground and 202 through the air.
Quarterback Jimmy Walker was sacked eight times in the loss, finishing the contest with 183 yards passing.