Dukes Host Saint Francis Under the Lights

Oct. 29, 2013

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The Last Meeting
SAINT FRANCIS, PA (Homecoming)21
September 29, 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dukes Clip Red Flash on Last-Minute Field Goal
Duquesne rallied from a 21-13 fourth quarter deficit to extend its win streak to four when Charlie Leventry kicked a 20-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to give the Dukes a 24-21 Northeast Conference victory over Saint Francis, Pa. on Rooney Field.

Game:#8 - Dukes and Red Flash to meet under the lights
SAINT FRANCIS, PA (3-4, 1-1) at DUQUESNE (4-3, 2-1)  
Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:10 p.m.
Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field (2,200/Sportexe) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Duquesne (4-3, 2-1), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped last week at Bryant, returns home for the first time since Oct. 12 to face Saint Francis, Pa. (3-4, 1-1) in the lone home night game on the 2013 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:10 p.m. (WJAS-AM 1320). The Dukes enters Saturday night's game 3-0 on Rooney Field. Saint Francis, coming off a 24-10 home win over Sacred Heart, is 0-3 on the road.

This is the 40th game between Duquesne and Saint Francis, Pa. ... in five NEC meetings, Duquesne leads 4-1 ... the Dukes are 13-1 against the Red Flash since moving from Division III to the I-AA level (currently FCS) in 1993 ... DU has won the past six meetings in Pittsburgh ... last year, Duquesne rallied from a 21-13 fourth quarter deficit to pull out a 24-21 home win on a Charlie Leventry 20-yard field goal with 32 seconds left ... SFU's last win in Pittsburgh was on Nov. 7, 1992 by a 23-13 score in a game played at South High Stadium ... Saint Francis was picked to finish fifth in the NEC preseason coaches' poll (Duquesne was picked second) ... SFU's Kyle Harbridge enters Saturday's game as the nation's leading rusher at 173.7 yards per game ... Harbridge has been held under 100 yards once this season (94 vs. Monmouth) ... the most an opposing rusher has gained against the Dukes this year is 92 yards by Wagner's Dominique Williams.

Three of Saint Francis' four losses have come to teams ranked in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 at the time of the game (at Georgia Southern, at James Madison and vs. Fordham) ... the Red Flash, who own wins over Lincoln, Monmouth and Sacred Heart, are looking for their first road victory (0-3) ... SFU is led by redshirt senior RB Kyle Harbridge who leads the nation with a 173.7  yards per game rushing average ... Harbridge, SFU's all-time leading rusher, ran for 291 yards earlier this season vs. Fordham ... he is coming off a 190-yard, two touchdown, NEC Offensive Player of the Week-earning performance in last week's win over Sacred Heart.

Duquesne's defense has relatively stingy in conference play. 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 the Oct. 19 win at Robert Morris, the defense recorded a pair of safeties in a 7:01 span of the third quarter. In the loss at Bryant, the defense gave up just one drive of 50 or more yards (Bryant scored two TDs directly off Duquesne turnovers). In three NEC games, DU is giving up an average of 249.3 yards per game (233 vs. Wagner, 235 at Robert Morris & 280 at Bryant).

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 1,750 yards and nine TDs in his first seven collegiate games. The 6-3, 176-pounder from nearby Montour High School ranks second among freshmen - and 19th nationally - in passing yards per game (250.0 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). A pair of WPIAL products, sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz (Chartiers Valley) and redshirt freshman Aaron Reed (Buechel's former teammate at Montour), are tied for the team lead with 42 tackles each. Kuntz' 1.6 tackles for loss per game (11.0 on the season), rank 12th nationally. 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 19th nationally in field goals per game (1.1) and 29th in FG pct. (8-of-10, .800). DU is averaging 88.4 yards rushing and 255.4 yards passing per game. DU opponents are averaging 127.7 yards rushing and 200.0 yards passing per game. The Dukes rank 7th nationally in fewest first downs allowed (122) and 15th in total defense (327.7).

Duquesne, which posted a safety 12 seconds into its season-opening win over Albany, added two more safeties in a span of 7:01 of the third quarter in its 21-20 win at Robert Morris on Oct. 19. In all, the Dukes defense has scored six times this season. In addition to the three safeties, DU returned two interceptions for scores and recovered a fumble in the end zone on Oct. 5 against West Liberty. The Dukes are 3-0 when the defense scores.

Duquesne senior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway/Ohio State) was one of 20 FCS players named to the preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List by the Sports Network. The Buchanan award is presented annually to the top defensive player in the FCS. Bell, a third-year Ohio State transfer, saw a six-game double-digit tackle streak snapped in the opener vs. Albany. Bell, who was credited with 3 tackles, recovered a key fumble in the third quarter. The recovery was followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass that gave the Dukes a 29-10 lead in what became a 35-24 win over the Great Danes. Bell added a team-high 10 tackles at Youngstown State and forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by the Dukes and turned into 10-yard TD pass on the next play in the win at Robert Morris. He added 3.0 tackles for losses totaling seven yards in the loss at Bryant. The Buchanan Award Watch List can undergo revision during the 2013 season. Ballots will be sent to a panel of about 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The winner will be invited to The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation on Dec. 16.


1 . . . 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.

3 . . . Number of 100-yard receiving games posted by preseason All-NEC receiver Gianni Carter this season. Three DU receivers have had 100-yard receiving games this year: Carter (3), Chris King (2) and Dave Thomas (1).

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.

6 . . . Number of times the Duquesne defense has scored this season: safety in the season-opener vs. Albany, two interception returns and a fumble recovery in the end zone vs. West Liberty and a pair of third quarter safeties at Robert Morris. DU is 3-0 when the defense scores.

11.0 . . . Team-high tackles for loss recorded by sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz. Kuntz's 1.6 TFLs per game rank 12th nationally.

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

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 for a safety on the first play from scrimmage in the opening day win over Albany.

16-8 . . . Duquesne's record in its past 24 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).

1,750 . . . Number of yards redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel has thrown for in his first seven 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.




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