Duquesne has won seven of the past 10 meetings to take a 7-6 lead in the series with Robert Morris.
Oct. 30, 2012
Link to ESPN3 Telecast
Game: #9 - Dukes and Colonials Clash on NEC-TV
DUQUESNE (5-3, 3-2) at ROBERT MORRIS (2-6, 1-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3:37 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium (3,000/FieldTurf) Moon Township, Pa.
TELEVISION: NEC-TV with Paul Dottino (play-by-play) & Steve Levy (color)
Fox College Sports, ESPN3, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh locally
RADIO: WMNY-AM 1360 with Alex Panormios (play-by-play) & Tad Maurey (color)
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com or GoDuquesne.com
LIVE STATS: RMUColonials.com
DUKES HEAD TO ROBERT MORRIS: Duquesne (5-3, 3-2), coming off a tough 28-27 loss to Monmouth last weekend, looks to get back on the winning track when it makes the short ride to Moon Township to face Robert Morris (2-6, 1-4) in an NEC-TV game on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3:37 p.m. (WMNY-AM 1360). Paul Dottino and Steve Levy will describe the action for the game which will air on Fox College Sports, ESPN3 and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Sean Patterson threw for 259 yards and three scores (9, 15, 6) and Larry McCoy became DU's all-time leading rusher with 116 yards, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 21-7 halftime deficit against MU. The red zone proved to be the difference as the Dukes scored three touchdowns and settled for field goals twice in five trips, while Monmouth posted four TDs on four red zone possessions. MU's Julian Hayes ran for 158 yards on 36 carries (21-108 in the first half) and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead Monmouth, which snapped a 10-game DU home winning streak. Monmouth, which ran for 118 yards in the first half, was held to 29 yards on 25 attempts in the second 30 minutes. Linebacker Dorian Bell led the Duquesne defensive charge with 14 tackles including 1.5 sacks. Bell, who has posted 12 or more tackles in his past five games, ranks fifth nationally with an 11.7 tackles/g. average. Robert Morris, which is coming off a 23-13 loss at Wagner, is 2-1 at home this season with Joe Walton Stadium wins over Lafayette (31-28) and CCSU (37-31). Duquesne is 2-2 on the road with wins at Valparaiso (45-17) and at Bryant (35-21). Duquesne, Monmouth (4-4, 3-2) and Wagner (5-3, 5-1) are all chasing Albany (7-1, 5-0) in the hunt for the NEC title and automatic berth in the NCAA FCS Championship. Duquesne closes out the season at home vs. Albany (Nov. 10) and at Wagner (Nov. 17).
DU & RMU: Duquesne has won seven of the past 10 meetings to take a 7-6 series lead ... all three Robert Morris wins in the past 10 games have come at home where the Colonials hold a 4-1 series edge (2-1 at Joe Walton Stadium) ... last year, three Dukes posted 100-yard games as DU defeated RMU 45-10 in the season finale to claim a share of the NEC title ... Connor Dixon, DU's current tight ends coach, hauled in five passes for 117 yards and three scores ... Sean Patterson completed 17-of-27 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a game-high and career-best 123 yards on just 12 carries and Larry McCoy rushed for 106 yards as the Dukes amassed 253 yards on the ground ... in the last meeting at Joe Walton Stadium, Myles Russ ran for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jeff Sinclair threw for a score and ran for two more in a 34-11 Robert Morris win ... RMU held McCoy to 81 yards rushing in the victory ... Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt is 5-2 vs. Robert Morris (4-0 at home and 1-2 on the road).
KEEP AN EYE ON
Larry McCoy (4,308 yards) needs 153 yards to pass Wagner's Rick Sarille (4,460 yards from 1996-99) and move into the second spot on the NEC's all-time rushing list.
McCoy (35) needs 7 rushing touchdowns to pass Pedro Bowman (41 from 1981-84) and become the school's all-time leader.
Sean Patterson (6,105) needs 76 passing yards to pass Dave Loya (6,180 from 1994-97) move into the No. 3 spot on DU's all-time list.
Patterson (855) needs 35 passing attempts to pass Tony Zimmerman (889 from 1998-00) move into the No. 2 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.
NEC ALL-TIME LEADING RUSHERS
5,049 -- David Sinisi, MU (2006-09)
4,460 -- Rick Sarille, WC (1996-99)
4,308 -- Larry McCoy, DUQ (2009- )
4,287 -- David McCarty, UA (2006-09)
4,271 -- Myles Russ, RMU (2007-10)
4,033 -- Jordan Brown, BRY (2009- )
DUQUESNE BY THE NUMBERS
1 . . . Duquesne, in its fifth 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.
6 . . . Serge Kona is the sixth player in school history, and first since Bruce Hocker in 2006, to be named AP All-America ... Kona, who was the only NEC player to earn 2011 All-America honors, joins nine-year NFL veteran Leigh Bodden (AP All-America defensive back in 2002 & 2003) as the only DU underclassman to earn the honor.
6 . . . Number of MAAC championship teams eighth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt was part of at Duquesne both as an assistant (1995, 1996 & 1999) and head coach (2005, 2006 & 2007). Schmitt guided the Dukes to a share of the 2011 NEC regular season title.
7 . . . Seven true freshman (DB Adam Clopton, DB Josh Jordan, WR Chris King, LB Christian Kuntz, LB Sam Martello, DL Dane O'Driscoll and DL Zach Zidian) - including six on defense - made their Duquesne debut in the season opener at Old Dominion.
10 . . . Duquesne had a 10-game home win streak snapped in a 28-27 loss to Monmouth on Oct. 20. It tied the third-longest streak in Rooney Field history.
11 . . . Duquesne's national rank in turnover margin (+1.00) ... nine players have combined for DU's 12 interceptions.
11.7 . . . Tackles per game for junior linebacker Dorian Bell. Bell leads the NEC and ranks 50th nationally in tackles per game. He has posted at least 12 stops in DU's past five games.
14-4 . . . Duquesne's record in its past 18 NEC games dating back to the 2010 season. DU was 5-13 in its first 18 games while integrating a scholarship model.
18 . . . Number of scholarships Duquesne granted in February of 2008 in conjunction with the school's move to the Northeast Conference as an associate football-playing member. The 2012 recruiting class is the fifth to receive scholarships. DU's scholarship total for football currently rests at 32 for 2012-13.
24 . . . School record number of career 100-yard rushing games posted by Larry McCoy (eclipsed Donte Small who had 21 from 1998-01). McCoy has topped the 100-yard mark 20 times in his past 26 games.
60 . . . Career touchdown passes thrown by Sean Patterson. Patterson, who ranks sixth among FCS quarterbacks, has thrown 52 TD passes in his past 25 games.
115 . . . Combined number of catches by receivers Gianni Carter (45-647-5), Sean Brady (35-462-5) and Noel Oduho (35-364-2) ... the threesome entered this season with a combined total of five career catches (three by Oduho and one each by Brady and Carter ... Carter's catch was in 2010 when he was at Montana State).
153 . . . Number of yards McCoy needs to pass Wagner's Rick Sarille (4,460 yards from 1996-99) and move into the second spot on the NEC's all-time rushing list.
880 . . . McCoy's 880 career carries - in addition to being a DU school record - are more than any player in NCAA Division I (FCS and FBS levels).
MONMOUTH LEFTOVERS: The 28-27 loss ended Duquesne's home win streak at 10 ... it tied 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) ... Duquesne ran for 130 yards against a Monmouth defense that entered the game ranked 11th nationally and No. 1 in the NEC in rushing defense (105.9 ypg.) ... senior running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) added to his school record with his 24th career 100-yard game ... the 5-10, 226-pound tailback, who finished with 116 yards on 29 carries, ran for 48 yards on six fourth quarter attempts ... McCoy passed Donte Small (4,260 yards from 1998-01) to become DU's all-time leading rusher on a 22-yard carry with 8:32 left ... McCoy, who also holds the school record for career attempts, now has 4,308 yards on 880 carries ... he has topped the 100 yard mark in 20 of his past 25 games ... junior receiver Sean Brady (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius) set new career highs for catches (7) and yards (110) in notching his first career 100-yard game ... Brady had six catches for 79 yards in the second half alone ... senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit), who completed 22 of a career-high 43 attempts for 259 yards, posted his 19th career multiple touchdown pass game (9, 15, 6) ... he now has 60 career TD passes ... he needs 76 passing yards to pass Dave Loya (6,180 from 1994-97) and move in the No. 3 spot in DU's all-time list ... Patterson has completed 482-of-855 passes (.564) for 6,105 yards and 60 TDs for his career ... junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) continued his stretch of double-digit tackle games with a game-high 14 (7 solo including 1.5 sacks) ... this was the fifth consecutive double-digit tackle game for Bell who has 78 tackles in his past six games (14 vs. Monmouth, 14 vs. Sacred Heart, 15 at CCSU, 12 vs. Saint Francis, 14 at Bryant and 9 at Valpo) ... junior defensive lineman Reggie Eiland (Accokeek, Md./Gwynn Park), who had 15 total tackles entering this season and 17 in the first seven games of 2012, finished with a career high 13 stops, including a sack.