Dukes Under the Lights at Robert Morris on Saturday

Oct. 14, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Robert Morris17
November 3, 2012
Moon Township, Pa.
Dukes Come up Four Yards Short in 17-13 Loss at Robert Morris
Duquesne, facing 4th-and-goal with 2:30 left, saw a Sean Patterson pass glance off the fingertips of Sean Brady in the back of the end zone enabling Robert Morris to hold on for a 17-13 win at Joe Walton Stadium.

Game:#6 - Dukes take on cross-town rival under the lights
DUQUESNE (3-2, 1-0) at ROBERT MORRIS (2-3, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium (3,000/FieldTurf) • Moon Township, Pa.

RADIO: WJAS-AM 1320 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com

Duquesne (3-2, 1-0), which opened conference play with a 34-7 home win over NEC preseason favorite Wagner last weekend, heads to Moon Township to face Robert Morris (2-3, 0-0) in the Colonials league opener on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m. (WJAS-AM 1320). Robert Morris, which is 1-1 at home, has been idle since a 35-9 loss at Monmouth on Oct. 5.

Duquesne has won five of the past eight meetings to tie the overall series at 7-7 ... RMU holds a 3-2 advantage in five NEC games ... the home team has won each of the past six meetings, with Duquesne being last team to win on the opponent's home field (27-7 at RMU on Sept. 9, 2006) ... the shift in conference membership has shuffled the schedule, making this the first time either team has hosted back-to-back regular season home games in consecutive seasons ... last year, Duquesne, facing 4th-and-goal with 2:30 left, saw a Sean Patterson pass glance off the fingertips of Sean Brady in the back of the end zone enabling Robert Morris to hold on for a 17-13 win at Joe Walton Stadium ... head coach Jerry Schmitt is 5-3 vs. RMU.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel (pronounced BEE-kull), who has earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors twice (Sept. 2 & 23), was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List (top FCS first-year player) on Oct. 9. Buechel has thrown for 1,348 yards and seven TDs in his first five collegiate games. The 6-3, 176-pounder from nearby Montour High School ranks first among freshmen - and 15th nationally - in passing yards per game (269.6 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 39 tackles. Kuntz' 2.2 tackles for loss per game (11.0 on the season), rank tied for second nationally. Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Reed, Buechel's high school teammate at Montour, ranks second on the team with 36 tackles. Preseason All-NEC pick Gianni Carter 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) before catching four balls for 40 yards vs. West Liberty. It was the first time since 2002 (Jeremy Conley) that a DU receiver posted three-straight 100-yard games. Carter, who caught a career high-tying 8 passes last week vs. Wagner, ranks 18th nationally in receiving yards per game (92.6). Redshirt freshman Austin Crimmins has made good on all seven of his field goal attempts (30, 22, 26, 27, 30, 47, 23). San Diego's David Last (8-of-8) is the only FCS placekicker who has made more FGs without a miss in 2013. DU is averaging 86.0 yards rushing and 271.4 yards passing per game. DU opponents are averaging 127.8 yards rushing and 228.0 yards passing per game.

This is the NEC opener for the Colonials who have been idle since a 35-9 loss at Monmouth on Oct. 5 ... RMU is 1-1 at home with a win over Morgan State (31-14 on Sept. 7) and loss to Dayton (14-21 on Sept. 14) ... RMU was picked to finish fourth in the NEC preseason poll ... the Colonials tied Wagner for most preseason all-conference picks with five: sophomore CB Marcelis Branch, senior LB Mike Cook, senior DL Farren Mason, senior OL A.J. Dalton & junior P Tony LaMancusa ... first-year Penn State transfer Paul Jones has thrown for 987 yards and 9 TDs in five games ... the 6-4, 265-pounder is completing 48.7 percent of his passes ... senior Deontae Howard leads the ground game with 346 yards rushing (69.2 ypg) including a pair of TDs ... junior Duane Mitchell has caught 21 passes for 295 yards and senior Donte Jeter has added 18 receptions for 244 yards ... six Colonials have at least one TD reception ... senior LB Mike Cook leads the defense with 59 tackles ... RMU has recorded 14 sacks in five games.

Duquesne's defense held Wagner to three plays on seven of the Seahawks' final eight possessions last weekend. The one possession that wasn't a three-and-out was a five-play possession that was halted by a Chris Johnson interception. In the previous week's 27-14 win over West Liberty, the defense scored 21 points (two interception returns and a fumble recovery in the end zone) in the final 4:09 of the first quarter.

Duquesne, in its sixth season as an associate football-only playing member of the Northeast Conference, earned a share of the 2011 regular season title (with Albany) with a 7-1 NEC record.

Number of 100-yard receiving games posted in 2013 by preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter.

Number of DU receivers who have had 100-yard receiving games this year: Gianni Carter (3), Chris King (2) and Dave Thomas (1).

Dorian Bell became the fourth player in school history to earn Sports Network FCS All-American honors (third team) last season.

4:09  Amount of time it took for the DU defense to post three first quarter touchdowns in the 27-14 win over West Liberty: Nick Floyd 71 yard interception return, Zach Zidian fumble recovery in end zone and Dane O'Driscoll 33 yard interception return.

Number of MAAC championship teams ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt was part of at Duquesne both as an assistant (1995, 1996 & 1999) and head coach (2005, 2006 & 2007). Schmitt has also guided the Dukes to a share of the 2011 NEC regular season title.

11  Number of freshmen who have seen action this season. Ten played in the opener vs. Albany.

11.0  Team-high tackles for loss recorded by sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz. Kuntz's 2.2 TFLs per game rank tied for second in the nation.

0:12  Number of seconds into the 2013 season it took for the Dukes to score. Linebackers Sam Martello and Aaron Reed dropped Kevin Chillis for a 13-yard loss in the end zone on the first play from scrimmage in the opening day win over Albany.

15-7  Duquesne's record in its past 22 NEC games dating back to the 2010 season. DU was 5-13 in its first 18 games while integrating a scholarship model.

16  Number of years between punt returns for a TD before Devin Rahming took one 62 yards for a score vs. Wagner on Oct. 12 (previous was a 49 yard return by Joe Rosato at Iona on Nov. 1, 1997).

18  The Dukes dropped their last four games last season by a combined total of 18 points (28-27 to Monmouth, 17-13 at Robert Morris, 38-31 to Albany and 23-17 at Wagner). All five of DU's NEC losses were by seven or fewer points.

1,348  Number of yards redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel has thrown for in his first five collegiate games.

2005  The last year a freshman opened the season at quarterback for the Dukes (Scott Knapp vs. Robert Morris), prior to Dillon Buechel's start in the 2013 opener vs. Albany.

11/13/10  The last time Duquesne had two 100-yard receivers in the same game before Dave Thomas (5-107-0) & Gianni Carter (6-103-1) turned the trick in the opener vs. Albany. The Dukes also had two 100-yard receivers on Sept. 21 at Youngstown State (Carter 4-134-1 & Chris King 6-101-0) marking the first time since 2006 that the Dukes have had multiple 100-yard receivers in multiple games. DU has never had two 100-yard receivers in a game more than twice in a season.

Redshirt freshman QB Dillon Buechel was one of 20 players - five of whom are quarterbacks - named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Oct. 9. The award is presented annually to the top first-year player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, the Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The Watch List can undergo revision during the season. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia. Buechel is the first Duquesne player ever named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List.

Duquesne's Dillon Buechel leads the nation's FCS freshman quarterbacks in passing yards per game:

1. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (269.6)
2. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (265.7)
3. Austin Gahafer, Morehead State (206.6)

1. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (146.3)
2. John Russ, Mercer (139.9)
3. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (138.8)

1. John Russ, Mercer (16.11)
2. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (12.72)
3. Joe Mollberg, North Dakota (12.38)

1. Matt Johnson, Charlotte (1,860/7g)
2. Dillon Buechel, DUQUESNE (1,348/5g)
3. Joe Mollberg, North Dakota (1,226/6g)




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