Nov. 15, 2016
The Last Meeting
October 3, 2015
@DUQFB Wins NEC Opener Over Visiting Central Connecticut, 27-10
Duquesne got a career-high 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns from senior Klartel Claridy as well as a career-high 83 yards rushing and a score from sophomore Rafiq Douglas in winning its Northeast Conference opener, 27-10 over visiting Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon on Rooney Field.
DUKES AND BLUE DEVILS
Duquesne (7-3, 4-1) enters Saturday’s game with a chance to tie for NEC regular season title with Saint Francis U (7-3, 5-0) ... the Dukes would need a win combined with a Red Flash loss at Wagner ... SFU has already clinched the NEC automatic qualifier to the NCAA Playoff by virtue of its 14-10 win over the Dukes on Oct. 21 ... this is the 10th meeting in the series with CCSU that dates back to 1993 ... the Blue Devils lead 5-4, however DU has won four of the past five, including the last three in a row ... in games at New Britain, CCSU leads 4-1 ... Duquesne quarterback Dillon Buechel enters Saturday’s game needing 239 yards to become DU’s all-time passing yardage leader ... Buechel (10,016) trails only Neil Loebig (10,254 from 2001-04) ... senior linebacker Christian Kuntz (29.5 career) needs a .5 sacks to become the NEC’s all-time leader ... his 10.5 sacks this season are two shy of tying the school single-season record held by Ryan Tolan (12.5 in 2004) ... last year, Duquesne gained 524 yards, including 215 on the ground, in posting a 27-10 win over CCSU in the NEC opener on Rooney Field ... Buechel completed 23-of-38 passes for 323 yards to lead the passing game ... the Dukes held the Blue Devils scoreless in the second half in turning a 14-10 lead into a 27-10 win ... DU head coach Jerry Schmitt is 4-4 vs. CCSU.
A CLOSER LOOK
Duquesne is 2-2 on the road with wins at Jacksonville and Wagner ...CCSU is 2-2 at home with wins over Bowie State and Sacred Heart ... both the Dukes and Blue Devils have scored an NEC-best three defensive touchdowns ... CCSU has turned it over 23 times (14 fumbles lost and nine interceptions) ... DU has turned it over 19 times ... the Blue Devils are allowing an NEC-high 245.8 yards passing per game ... the Dukes lead the NEC in pass defense at 180.5 ypg. ... Duquesne ranks second to CCSU in passing offense (264.8 ypg for CCSU to 256.1 ypg. for DU) ... CCSU’s Jacob Dolegala and DU’s Dillon Buechel rank one-two in the NEC in passing yards per game (264.3 to 256.1) and total offense (263.9 to 245.0) ... Dolegala is averaging 23.8 completions per game.
A pair of Dukes are on STATS national Watch Lists. Freshman RB A.J. Hines was named to the STATS Jerry Rice Award Watch List (top FCS Rookie) on October 25, while senior quarterback Dillon Buechel, who was also on the Rice Award list as a freshman, was named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List this week. The Payton Award is presented annaully to the FCS offensive player of the year.
• Freshman A.J. Hines has been named NEC Rookie of the Week a conference record ninetimes. Hines, who is ranks sixh nationally with a 118.1 ypg. average, enters the CCSU game with 1,181 yards. He is the first DU freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season at the FCS level (since 1993).
• All-American LB Christian Kuntz DU’s all-time sacks leader (29.5), needs 0.5 sacks to claim the NEC all-time sacks mark.
• QB Dillon Buechel (10,016) needs 239 yards to
to break the DU record for career passing yardage set by Neil Loebig (10,254 from 2001-04). He is two TD passes shy of passing Tony Zimmerman (73 from 1998-00) to move into second place on DU’s career list (Buechel has 72/school record is 103 by Niel Loebig).
• Leading tackler Carter Henderson (79/7.9) has scored via interception return (23 yds vs. Dayton) and fumble return (16 yds vs. Kennesaw State) this season.
• Austin Crimmins’ 56 career field goals currently rank tied for most in both NEC history and among active FCS kickers.
• Two DU receivers - Wayne Capers (9-235-4 at Jacksonville) and Blair Roberts (8-153-4 vs. Bryant) have tied the school record for TD receptions in a game this season.
• Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt notched his 100th career win vs. Robert Morris on Oct. 15. Schmitt is in his 17th season as a head coach and 12th at DU.
• Duquesne leads the NEC in fewest penalty yards per game (50.1). DU has led the conference in fewest penalty yards/g. four times (and been second twice) in its first eight years as an NEC member.