The Dukes' defense has limited its first two NEC opponents to an average of 234 yards per game.
Oct. 22, 2013
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Game:#7 - Dukes on road for second-straight week
DUQUESNE (4-2, 2-0) at BRYANT (3-4, 1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Bulldog Stadium (3,400/Grass) Smithfield, R.I.
RADIO: WJAS-AM 1320 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
STREAMING VIDEO: NECFrontRow.com or BryantBulldogs.com
LIVE STATS: BryantBulldogs.com
The Last Meeting
September 22, 2012
Dukes Rally for 35-21 win at Bryant
Larry McCoy ran for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as Duquesne turned four Bryant turnovers into 18 points in rallying for a 35-21 Northeast Conference road win.
DUKES HEAD TO RHODE ISLAND TO FACE BRYANT
Duquesne (4-2, 2-0), which extended its win streak to three with a 21-20 victory at Robert Morris last weekend, hits the road for the second-straight week to face Bryant (3-4, 1-1) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m. (WJAS-AM 1320). This is the third home game in a row for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a 56-28 NEC loss to Sacred Heart.
DUKES & BULLDOGS
Duquesne has won the past three to take a 3-2 series lead ... DU, which has won the past two meetings at Smithfield, R.I., holds a 3-1 advantage in four NEC games ... last year, Larry McCoy ran for a pair of fourth quarter TDs as Duquesne turned four Bryant turnovers into 18 points in rallying for a 35-21 NEC road win ... McCoy, who finished with 154 yards, ran for 113 yards on eight fourth quarter carries ... his 54 yard run with 3:53 left put the Dukes ahead for good at 28-21 ... he added a 7 yard TD with 2:08 left for the final margin ... the Dukes trailed 21-17 with Bryant looking to add to its lead with the ball at the three before Dorian Bell stripped the ball from Jordan Brown at the two ... head coach Jerry Schmitt is 3-2 vs. Bryant ... the Dukes have scored 30 or more in each of the past three meetings.
DUQUESNE AT A GLANCE
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 1,550 yards and nine TDs in his first six collegiate games. The 6-3, 176-pounder from nearby Montour High School ranks second among freshmen - and 17th nationally - in passing yards per game (258.3 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 42 tackles. Kuntz' 1.8 tackles for loss per game (11.0 on the season), rank fifth nationally. Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Reed, Buechel's high school teammate at Montour, ranks second on the team with 41 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 vs. Wagner, ranks 33rd nationally in receiving yards per game (81.2). Redshirt freshman Austin Crimmins made his first seven of his field goal attempts (30, 22, 26, 27, 30, 47, 23), before missing a 29-yarder at Robert Morris (he added a 40-yarder later in the game). Crimmins ranks 10th nationally in field goals per game (1.3) and 16th in FG pct. (.889). DU is averaging 82.8 yards rushing and 259.8 yards passing per game. DU opponents are averaging 129.0 yards rushing and 206.7 yards passing per game. The Dukes rank 10th nationally in fewest first downs allowed (107) and 21st in total defense.
Bryant, which opened NEC play with a 47-28 win at Wagner on Sept. 28, played back-to-back non-conference games at Stony Brook (L, 13-21) and vs. Brown (L, 14-41) before falling to Sacred Heart at home (56-28) last weekend ... Bryant is 2-2 at home with wins over Holy Cross (17-16) and Assumption (34-7) ... Bryant was picked to finish third, behind Wagner an Duquesne, in the NEC preseason poll ... the Bulldogs are led by senior receiver Jordan Harris who is on pace to become the NEC's all-time receiving yardage leader ... Harris caught 10 passes for 163 yards and 3 TDs in the loss to Sacred Heart ... Bryant is 35-17 at home under head coach Marty Fine.
TURNING UP THE D
Duquesne's defense has been outstanding during the Dukes' current three-game win streak. In the Oct. 5 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. In the Oct. 12 win over Wagner, DU held the Seahawks to three plays on seven of their final eight possessions. The one possession that wasn't a three-and-out was a five-play possession that was halted by a Chris Johnson interception. In last week's win at Robert Morris, the defense recorded a pair of safeties in a 7:01 span of the third quarter. In two NEC games, DU is giving up an average of 234 yards/g. (233 for Wagner & 235 for Robert Morris).
Junior WR Devin Rahming has emerged as a two-way threat for the Dukes with a total of 298 all-purpose yards in the past two weeks. The Miami, Fla. native, who has 113 yards receiving, 111 on punt returns and 117 on kickoff returns (85.2 all-purpose yds/g.), returned six punts for 107 yards, including a 62 yard TD - against Wagner. It was DU's first punt return for a score since 1997. Against Robert Morris, he returned a pair of free kicks following safeties 78 yards to go along with career receiving highs for catches (6) and yards (86). He also recorded his first career TD catch (a 26-yarder) against the Colonials. Rahming had 3 catches for 27 yards vs. Wagner.
DU is 17-9 in NEC play over the past three seasons (5-3 in 2010, 7-1 in 2011, 3-5 in 2012 & 2-0 this year). The Dukes went 4-11 in their first two seasons in the conference (2-5 in 2008 and 2-6 in 2009). Last Saturday's win at Robert Morris put the Dukes over .500 in NEC play (21-20).
DU has defeated every team in the NEC under current head coach Jerry Schmitt.
Eleven freshmen have seen action this season: QB Dillon Buechel (RS), WR Chavas Rawlins, CB Sterling Parks, spec teams Xavier Nelson (RS), spec teams Anthony Alimenti (RS), LB Aaron Reed (RS), OL Larson Graham (RS), PK Austin Crimmins (RS), PR Bobby Gustine, TE Kevin Enright (RS) and DL Jake Radziukinas (RS). Buechel, Reed, Graham and Crimmins have started every game.
In addition, nine additional first-year players have seen action in 2013, with three having started at least once: SS Chris Johnson, DB Nick Floyd, OL Ezek Suivaaia.
Redshirt freshman Dillon Buechel, who has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,550 yards and nine touchdowns, has a 132.80 efficiency rating through six games. The first freshman to open the season under center since 2005 (Scott Knapp), Buechel earned NEC co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after throwing for 309 yards and two TDs in the season-opening win over Albany and earned ROW honors a second time after throwing for 362 yards in the loss at Youngstown State. Buechel is replacing Sean Patterson, who started 33 consecutive games from 2010-12 (536-955-63-6,762-28). Patterson accounted for over 95 percent of DU's pass attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes since 2010. Buechel beat out senior Marty Mitchell - the only quarterback on the roster who had attempted a college pass entering the season - for the starting job.
Sophomore LB Christian Kuntz, DU's leader in tackles (42), TFL (11.0) and sacks (4.0), ranks fifth nationally in tackles for loss per game at 1.8. Bryant junior defensive lineman Maduka Nwanekezi ranks tied for third nationally at 1.9 TFL/g.
Junior Ryan Ho (88-269-3) has rushed for 269 yards and three TDs in six games. He and senior Jason Douglas (45-181-0 this year) are filling the shoes of all-time rushing leader Larry McCoy (956-4,549-37). McCoy's 4,549 yards are the second-most in NEC history.
LB Sam Martello earned NEC co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 2 after helping force a safety on the first play from scrimmage and adding a sack and forced fumble in the third quarter of the Aug. 31 win over Albany. He followed that with 10 stops, including 3.0 tackles for loss (2.0 sacks) and a fumble recovery at Dayton. Martello ranks fourth on the team in tackles (33) and leads the team with two fumbles forced.
Senior receiver Sean Brady's leaping, one-handed, 27-yard TD catch in the third quarter of the opener vs. Albany was No. 3 on ESPN's College Football Plays of the Week on Sept. 2. You can see the catch on DU's YouTube page by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP70eu_X2Uk. The play had over 26,000 views in its first week. Brady had 8 catches for 109 yards in DU's first two games before suffering a wrist injury. He is sidelined indefinitely.
DU is facing former NEC members Albany (W, 35-24) and Monmouth. Albany is competing in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Monmouth will be an independent this season before joining the Big South in 2014. With the NEC departure of Albany and Monmouth, DU is playing five non-conference games: Albany (W, 35-24, Colonial Athletic Association), Dayton (L, 20-23, Pioneer Football League), Youngstown State (L, 17-59), Missouri Valley Football Conference), West Liberty (W, 27-14, Division II Mountain East Conference) and Monmouth (Independent).