Linebacker Dorian Bell, who has 41 tackles in DU's past three games, ranks tied for 15th nationally with a 10.8 tackles per game average.
Oct. 16, 2012
Game: #7 - Dukes return home to face Pioneers
SACRED HEART (2-4, 1-2) at DUQUESNE (4-2, 2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:10 p.m.
Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field (2,200/Sportexe) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
RADIO: WMNY-AM 1360 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
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DUKES RETURN HOME TO HOST SACRED HEART: DU (4-2, 2-1), which saw its seven-game Northeast Conference win streak snapped at Central Connecticut State last weekend, returns home to host Sacred Heart (2-4, 1-2) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:10 p.m. (WMNY-AM 1360). Sacred Heart, which is 1-2 in NEC play (27-14 loss at Monmouth, 34-21 win over CCSU and 12-3 loss to Wagner), is coming off an impressive 27-10 non-conference win at Dartmouth. Sophomore RB Keshaudas Spence ran for a career-high 138 yards and 3 TDs and the SHU defense held Dartmouth scoreless over the final three quarters in the win. Duquesne, which fell behind 17-0 to a CCSU team that was looking to prevent its first 0-6 start since the 1986, tied it at 17-17 in the third quarter. The Blue Devils, who ran for a DU opponent high 293 yards (495 total) and four TDs, survived the Duquesne comeback to post a 38-31 win. It was the first time in 27 games that Larry McCoy didn’t start at tailback for the Dukes. McCoy, the nation’s 11th-leading rusher (124.0 ypg.), missed the game with an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter against Saint Francis on Sept. 29. It is not known if McCoy will be available against Sacred Heart. The Pioneers won’t miss McCoy who has run for 396 yards (132.0) and eight TDs in three games against SHU. The Pioneers lead the NEC in pass efficiency defense (110.98), sacks (2.83/g.) and tackles for loss (7.83/g.).
DU & SHU: The Dukes have won three in a row to take a 5-2 series lead ... three of the past six meetings - all Duquesne wins - have been decided on the game’s final play ... in 2006, SHU drove to the DU three with three seconds left but was unable to get a field goal snap down as time expired to give Duquesne a dramatic 24-21 win at Rooney Field ... in 2007 at Sacred Heart, Aaron Strader’s interception in the end zone in overtime preserved a 30-23 victory for the Dukes ... in 2008, Sacred Heart, down 17-0 midway through the second quarter, scored 29 unanswered points to hand Duquesne a 29-17 Homecoming loss at Rooney Field ... in 2009, Charlie Leventry kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to cap a wild fourth quarter and give Duquesne a 45-42 win at Fairfield, Conn. ... Leventry’s heroics capped a fourth quarter that saw a total of 45 points scored ... Larry McCoy tied the school record with five TDs, and QB Kevin Rombach completed a school record 26-of-30 passes (.867) for 252 yards for DU ... SHU QB Dale Fink threw for six TDs, including four to WR Steve Tedesco ... two year’s ago, Duquesne took advantage of four Sacred Heart turnovers in a 37-17 win over Pioneers at Rooney Field ... last year, Duquesne jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead and relied on a standout defensive effort the rest of the way to defeat Sacred Heart 29-15 at Fairfield, Conn. ... the DU defense, which was coming of a 16-0 shutout of Monmouth two weeks earlier, allowed just one short-yardage TD drive in holding a SHU offense that was averaging 346 yards to 229.
HOME SWEET HOME: Duquesne, which has won nine in a row on Rooney Field, will not have to leave the Pittsburgh area again until Nov. 17 (at Wagner). Following the Sacred Heart game, DU will host Monmouth (Oct. 27), play at cross-town rival Robert Morris on NEC-TV (Nov. 3) and host league-leading Albany (Nov. 10).
The Last Meeting
November 12, 2011
• Duquesne returns nine starters from last year’s 9-2, 7-1 NEC co-Champions.
• Duquesne saw a seven-game NEC win streak snapped at CCSU on Oct. 13. It was tied for the fourth-longest conference streak in the nation.
• DU is 14-5 in NEC play over the past three seasons (5-3 in 2010 and 7-1 last year). The Dukes went 4-11 in their first two seasons in the conference (2-5 in 2008 and 2-6 in 2009).
• DU has defeated every team in the NEC under current head coach Jerry Schmitt.
• The Dukes rank ninth nationally in turnover margin (+1.17). DU has 10 interceptions and recovered four fumbles in 2012. Seven players have picked off a pass led by All-American safety Serge Kona with three.
• The Dukes have won nine in a row at home. It is the longest streak since 2002 into 2004 when Duquesne reeled off a Rooney Field record 16 straight.
• QB Sean Patterson is 17-5 in his past 22 starts. The junior lefty has thrown for 45 touchdowns with 15 interceptions over that span.
• Duquesne, which was victimized for 47 second-half points in the season-opening 57-23 loss at Old Dominion, gave up just 21 second-half points in its next four games before CCSU posted 21 in the second half of its 38-31 win over the Dukes on Oct. 13.
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 (6,760) needs 271 yards of total offense to move into the No. 2 spot on DU’s all-time list.
• Patterson has not been intercepted in his past 113 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.
CCSU LEFTOVERS: The 38-31 loss snapped Duquesne’s seven-game NEC win streak ... the streak was tied for fourth-longest in the FCS ... the Dukes are now 0-4 all-time at CCSU’s Arute Field ... DU, which fell behind 17-0 early in the second quarter, tied it at 17-17 with 5:06 left in the third ... Duquesne never led ... CCSU’s 293 yards rushing were a DU opponent high (previous was 231 by Old Dominion) ... DU and CCSU ran 75 plays each ... the Dukes were without senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe), who is recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 29 win over Saint Francis ... McCoy, who ran for a career-high 246 yards in his last trip to CCSU, is ranked 11th nationally with a 124 yards per game rushing average ... he 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 ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit) threw for a season-high three scores (5, 18, 25) ... Patterson, who was 21-of-40 for 248 yards, moved into the No. 2 spot on DU’s career completions list with 450 ... he trails only school record holder Niel Loebig (705 completions from 2001-04) ... Patterson has completed 450-of-793 passes (.567) for 5,690 yards and 55 TDs for his career ... his 40 attempts at CCSU tied his career high ... junior receiver Sean Brady (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius), who entered the season with one career reception, had 5 catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns (5, 25) ... Brady has 26 catches for 329 yards through six games ... junior running back Ryan Ho (Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools), who missed last season with an ankle injury, set career highs for carries (19) and yards (78) in his first career start at running back ... Ho added an 18-yard fourth quarter TD reception that pulled the Dukes within seven (31-24) with 10:42 left ... Ho had never carried more than 10 times in a game ... junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) posted a game-high 15 tackles (6 solo) ... the 15 stops were the most by a DU player this season ... it was his third consecutive double-digit tackle game (preceded 14 at Bryant and 12 vs. Saint Francis) ... he has 41 tackles in his past four games (13.7/g.) ... senior All-American safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) had a season-high and career-high 13 tackles (7 solo).