Serge Kona forced three of Monmouth's five fumbles in last year's 16-0 win at W. Long Branch, N.J.
Oct. 23, 2012
Game: #8 - Dukes and Hawks battle to keep pace with league-leading Albany
MONMOUTH (3-4, 2-2) at DUQUESNE (5-2, 3-1)
Saturday, Oct. 27 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
STREAMING VIDEO & GAMETRACKER: GoDuquesne.com
DUKES AND HAWKS CLASH ON ROONEY FIELD: Duquesne (5-2, 3-1), which got back on the winning track with a 35-3 victory over Sacred Heart last weekend, hopes to keep pace with league-leading Albany (6-1, 4-0) when it hosts Monmouth (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12:10 p.m. (WMNY-AM 1360). DU, bolstered by the return of 4,192-yard rusher Larry McCoy, outgained SHU 355-215 in last week's win. McCoy, who ran for 93 yards on 22 carries, outgained the Sacred Heart team which was held to 92 yards on 35 rushes (2.6 ypc.). McCoy, who enters this weekend's game needing 69 yards to become Duquesne's all-time leading rusher, had been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury vs. Saint Francis on Sept. 29. Quarterback Sean Patterson earned NEC Offensive Player of the Week after figuring in all five scores against the Pioneers (two TD passes and three TD runs). DU linebacker Dorian Bell earned a number of national Defensive Player of the Week honors - in addition to NEC Defensive Player of the Week - in leading the Dukes defense with 14 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, an interception and fumble forced. He ranks 10th nationally - and first in the NEC - with an 11.3 tackles/g. average. DU will be looking to extend its 10 game home win streak against a Monmouth team that has dropped three in a row, including a 27-24 loss to Bryant last weekend. MU, which is 1-3 on the road, is the last team to defeat Duquesne at home (44-17 on Oct. 2, 2010). DU, Monmouth and Wagner (4-3, 4-1) are all chasing Albany in the hunt for the NEC title and automatic berth in the NCAA FCS Championship. Monmouth dropped its head-to-head matchup with the Great Danes (55-24 on Sept. 29), while Duquesne and Wagner have yet to face the conference leader.
DU & MU: This is the seventh meeting between the Dukes and Hawks with Monmouth holding a 4-2 advantage ... DU snapped a four-game series losing streak with a 16-0 win over the Hawks last year at West Long Branch, N.J. ... quarterback Sean Patterson ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Duquesne battled heavy rain, snow flurries and driving winds to hand Monmouth its first shutout since 2004 ... the series began on Nov. 22, 2003 when Duquesne defeated MU 12-10 in the ECAC Classic at Rooney Field to clinch the 2003 Mid-Major National Championship ... the Hawks followed that with four-straight wins ... five years ago, MU evened the series with a 31-20 non-conference win at West Long Branch, N.J. in the season finale for both schools ... in the first NEC meeting between the two, Monmouth came away with a 37-14 win at Rooney Field in 2008 ... three years ago, a Kevin Rombach pass intended for Jay Spinks sailed out of the end zone with 11 seconds left as Monmouth took advantage of four second-half turnovers to defeat Duquesne 17-10 at Kessler Field ... Duquesne, which outgained Monmouth 387 to 278 was intercepted twice - including one that was returned for a 65-yard score - and lost a pair of fumbles all in the game's final 30 minutes ... in 2010, MU scored on four-straight first half possessions to take a 31-7 halftime lead in cruising to a 44-17 win at Rooney Field ... Kyle Frazier completed 15-of-29 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown to lead Monmouth which recorded a school record six interceptions ... DU quarterback Patterson, who entered the game nursing a sore ankle, was picked off twice before leaving the game after just over two quarters.
HOME SWEET HOME: Duquesne, which has won 10 in a row on Rooney Field, will not have to leave the Pittsburgh area again until Nov. 17 (at Wagner). Following the Monmouth game, DU will make the short cross-town trip to rival Robert Morris (Nov. 3 on NEC-TV) and host league-leading Albany (Nov. 10).
The Last Meeting
October 29, 2011
West Long Branch, N.J.
Dukes Battle Elements for 16-0 Win Over Monmouth
Duquesne battled heavy rain and driving winds to capture a 16-0 shutout victory at Monmouth Saturday afternoon. Larry McCoy rushed for 110 yards while Sean Patterson ran for a score and connected with Isaac Spragg through air for another.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Larry McCoy (4,192), who is DU's career leader in rushing attempts (851) needs 69 yards to pass Donte Small (4,260 from 1998-01) and become DU's all-time leading rusher.
McCoy (35) needs 7 rushing touchdowns to pass Pedro Bowman (41 from 1981-84) and become the school's all-time leader.
Sean Patterson (5,846) needs 335 passing yards to pass Dave Loya (6,180 from 1994-97) move into the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time list.
Jerry Schmitt (47) needs one victory to tie Elmer Layden (48 from 1927-33) for the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time coaching wins list.
SHU LEFTOVERS: The 35-3 win extended Duquesne's home win streak to 10 ... it is tied for the third-longest streak in Rooney Field history (record is 16 from 2002 into 2004) ... Monmouth was the last team to defeat the Dukes at home (44-17 on Oct. 2, 2010) ... head coach Jerry Schmitt moved to within one win of tying legendary Elmer Layden (48 wins in seven seasons from 1927-33) for third place on DU's all-time coaching victory list ... Schmitt's record stands at 47-33-0 ... Duquesne, which gave up 495 yards - including 293 on the ground - in it's 38-31 loss at CCSU on Oct. 13, held Sacred Heart to 215 total yards ... DU limited the Pioneers to 92 rushing yards on 35 carries (2.6 ypc.) ... SHU converted just 3-of-15 on third down ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) figured in all five Duquesne touchdowns, throwing for two (44, 12) and running for a career-high three (14, 15, 44) to earn NEC Offensive Player of the Week ... his 208 yards of total offense moved him within 32 of 7,000 for his career ... he ranks third on DU's all-time total offense list behind Neil Loebig (10,039) and Tony Zimmerman (7,030) ... Patterson has completed 460-of-812 passes (.567) for 5,846 yards and 57 TDs for his career ... this was his 18 career game with multiple touchdown passes ... junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) posted a game-high 14 tackles (9 solo) ... he added 5.0 tackles for losses of 21 yards, including 4.0 sacks ... he also tipped and intercepted a pass in the first quarter and forced a fumble in the fourth to earn NEC Defensive Player of the Week ... he also earned national defensive awards from The Sports Network, the College Performance Awards and College Sports Journal ... this was the fourth consecutive double-digit tackle game for Bell who has 64 tackles in his past five games (14 vs. SHU, 15 at CCSU, 12 vs. Saint Francis, 14 at Bryant and 9 at Valpo) ... senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) returned to the lineup after missing the Oct. 13 game at CCSU with a sprained ankle ... the 5-10, 226-pound tailback, who injured the ankle in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 29 win over Saint Francis, ran for 93 yards on 22 carries ... with the 22 carries, McCoy passed Donte Small (843 from 1998-01) to become DU's all-time leading ballcarrier with 851 ... McCoy needs 69 yards to pass Small (4,260 rushing yards) and become DU's all-time leading rusher ... McCoy's rushing total currently stands at 4,192 ... senior All-American safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg), who had a season-high and career-high 13 tackles (7 solo) last week at CCSU, added 9 stops including a tackle for loss against Sacred Heart ... junior receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist) had 4 catches for 86 yards (21.5 ypc.) and a career-high 2 touchdowns (44, 12).