Nathan Stone has started all 45 games of his career and ranks ninth in DU history with 279 career tackles.
Nov. 15, 2017
The Last Meeting
October 29, 2016
@DuqFB Wins Shootout, 35-31
A match up of the two top-scoring teams in the Northeast Conference lived up to that billing as Duquesne rallied from a 24-7 second-quarter deficit to defeat Bryant 35-31 on Rooney Field.
Duquesne (7-3, 4-1) caps the 2017 season with a road NEC matchup at Bryant (5-5, 3-2) on Saturday at noon at Beirne Stadium.
With a win, the Dukes can finish with eight wins for the third consecutive season. Duquesne has won at least eight games three times under 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt. In 24 seasons at the FCS level, the Dukes have recorded at least eight wins in 11 of those years.
The Dukes dropped a 28-27 decision to visiting Central Connecticut State last week at Rooney Field. With the win, the Blue Devils secured at least a share of the NEC Championship as well as the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.
Duquesne can clinch a share of the NEC title with a victory over Bryant AND a CCSU loss to Robert Morris at home.
Nehari Crawford enters the final game of the season tied for the FCS lead with 13 receiving touchdowns. With 949 receiving yards, he can become the eighth player in Duquesne history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
Tommy Stuart has 25 touchdown passes on the season, tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history. In addition, his 2,146 passing yards rank 12th in school history.
The Dukes close out the 2017 campaign with a road contest at Bryant on Saturday in Smithfield. Duquesne will look to finish with eight wins for the third consecutive season with a victory.
Duquesne has posted at least eight wins three times (2011, 2015, 2016) under 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt.
The Dukes have recorded at least eight wins in 11 of their 24 seasons at the FCS level.
Duquesne will be looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping a non-conference matchup at Liberty (27-24) two weeks ago and an NEC contest last week to Central Connecticut State (28-27).
The Dukes have finished with only one loss in NEC play three times (2011, 2015, 2016) since joining the conference for the 2008 season.
Since the start of the 2015 season, Duquesne is 14-3 in NEC action, winning the conference outright in 2015 before earning a share of the league title in 2016.
The Dukes can claim a share of the NEC Championship with a victory at Bryant AND a CCSU loss to Robert Morris at home.
With one game to play in the 2017 season, several Dukes have already etched their names into the record books and have a chance to climb the career and single-season lists against
Bryant this Saturday. This includes quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State), running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike), wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central and linebacker Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic).
Tommy Stuart is seventh in the FCS with 25 passing touchdowns on the year. His 25 touchdown passes are tied for fifth all-time on the single-season list with one game remaining.
DU SINGLE-SEASON PASSING TD LEADERS
NAME - Passing TDs - Year
Niel Loebig - 29 - 2002
Scott Knapp - 28 - 2006
Tony Zimmerman - 28 - 2000
Niel Loebig - 27 - 2004
Tommy Stuart - 25 - 2017
Niel Loebig - 25 - 2003
Dillion Buechel - 24 - 2015
Dillion Buechel - 23 - 2016
Sean Patterson - 23 - 2011
Tony Zimmerman - 23 - 1998
In addition, Stuart is fourth in completion percentage (67.8 percent), seventh in pass efficiency (166.2) and seventh in points responsible for (174). He has completed 173-of-255 pass attempts on the year for 2,146 yards.
Stuart can set the Duquesne single-season record for completion percentage, as well:
DU SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PCT. LEADERS
Name - Percentage - Year
Tommy Stuart - .678 (173-of-255) - 2017
Kevin Rombach - .610 (177-of-290) - 2007
Dillion Buechel - .609 (148-of-243) - 2014
Scott Knapp - .595 (209-of-351) - 2006
Connor Dixon - .593 (64-of-108) - 2009
Kevin Rombach - .592 (106-of-179) - 2009
Stuart's 2,146 passing yards on the season rank 12th all-time among Duquesne quarterbacks in a single season:
DU SINGLE SEASON PASSING LEADERS
Name - Yards - Year
Niel Loebig - 3,086 - 2003
Dillion Buechel - 2,871 - 2015
Dillion Buechel - 2,865 - 2016
Scott Knapp - 2,853 - 2006
Niel Loebig - 2,685 - 2002
Tony Zimmerman - 2,670 - 2000
Tony Zimmerman - 2,573 - 1999
Dillon Buechel - 2,569 - 2013
Kevin Rombach - 2,410 - 2007
Niel Loebig - 2,371 - 2004
Sean Patterson - 2,359 - 2012
Tommy Stuart - 2,146 - 2017
Niel Loebig - 2,112 - 2001
Tony Zimmerman - 2,070 - 1998
Sean Patterson - 2,050 - 2010
Dillon Buechel - 2,015 - 2014
Sean Patterson - 2,011 - 2011
Tommy Stuart was one of five players added to the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List released last week. The Payton Award is given to the offensive player of the year in FCS football. 33 players have been named to the Payton Award Watch List.
Stuart was also recently named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Midseason Watch List. Stuart was one of 36 FCS players named to the midseason watch list. The award winner will be announced Jan. 10, 2018.
Following a 126-yard rushing performance last week against CCSU, A.J. Hines now has 12 career 100-yard rushing games. He had seven 100-yard performances as a freshman before adding five so far this season.
DU 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES - CAREER
TDs - Name - Years
24 - Larry McCoy - 2009-12
21 - Donte Small - 1998-01
14 - Mike Hilliard - 1999-03
12 - A.J. Hines - 2016-
9 - Bill Green - 1992-95
8 - Andre Hatcher - 1996-98
A.J. Hines, who recently went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career, has averaged 155.7 yards with seven touchdowns over the last three weeks.
Hines rushed for a career-high 253 yards on 25 carries with a pair of touchdowns two weeks ago at Liberty. This followed a three-touchdown day at Sacred Heart, a figure which matched a career-high for the sophomore. Hines' 253 rushing yards against Liberty are the fifth-most by a Duquesne player in a single game:
DU TOP SINGLE-GAME RUSHING PERFORMANCES
Name - Yards - Opponent - Year
Mike Hilliard - 323 - vs. La Salle - 2003
Josh Rue - 317 - vs. Canisius - 2001
Donte Small - 290 - vs. Georgetown - 2000
Mike Haines - 267 - at St. John's - 1992
A.J. Hines - 253 - at Liberty - 2017
Larry McCoy - 246 - at CCSU - 2010
Sean McDonough - 233 - at John Carroll - 1986
Pedro Bowman - 229 - at Saint Francis - 1984
Mike Haines - 227 - vs. Saint Francis - 1992
Hines paces the NEC and is sixth in the country averaging 116.4 rushing yards per game. He is also atop the league and ranks 12th in the nation with 5.97 yards per carry.
Nehari Crawford is tied FCS with 13 receiving touchdowns on the season to go with 949 receiving yards, good for 12th in the nation and first in the conference.
He can become the eighth player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 receiving yards mark for the season.
DU SINGLE-SEASON RECEIVING YARDS LEADERS
Name - Yards - Year
Gerald Foster - 1,340 - 1999
Jeremy Conley - 1,216 - 2002
Michel Warfield - 1,147 - 2003
Chris King - 1,136 - 2015
Chris King - 1,127 - 2014
Reggie Harris - 1,125 - 2000
Bruce Hocker - 1,070 - 2006
Wayne Capers - 959 - 2016
Nehari Crawford - 949 - 2017
Gianni Carter - 865 - 2012
Gerald Foster - 851 - 1998
Wayne Capers - 804 - 2015
Connor Dixon - 792 - 2011
Crawford has five 100-yard receiving performances on the season and six 100-yard games for his career.
DU 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES - CAREER
Games - Name - Years
13 - Chris King - 2012-15
11 - Jeremy Conley - 1998-02
11 - Gerald Foster - 1996-99
9 - Michel Warfield - 2002-04
8 - Bruce Hocker - 2004-07
8 - Yardon Brantley - 2000-03
8 - Reggie Harris - 1997-00
7 - Alex Roberson - 2004-08
7 - Mark Neely - 1993-96
7 - Joe Rosato - 1994-97
6 - Nehari Crawford - 2015-
5 - Wayne Capers - 2014-16
5 - Gianni Carter - 2010-13
5 - Dave Williams - 2009-10
Nathan Stone, a three-time All-NEC honoree who has started all 45 games of his career entering Saturday's matchup at Bryant, has tallied 279 career tackles, good for ninth in school history.
DU CAREER TACKLES LEADERS
Name - Tackes - Years
Vinnie Vaccarello - 440 - 1985-88
Harry Carter - 394 - 2002-05
Matt Fisher - 392 - 1995-98
Nathan Totino - 369 - 2007-10
Ken Smith - 337 - 1992-94
Trent Wissner - 302 - 1999-02
James Antinopoulos - 298 - 1998-01
Dave Vento - 290 - 1982-85
Nathan Stone - 279 - 2014-17
Joe Neckerman - 272 - 1992-95
Drew Russ - 270 - 1980-83
DU ranks fifth in the FCS in red zone offense, scoring on 90.9 percent (30-of-33) of trips inside its opponents' red zone.
The Dukes also rank second in the country in fourth down conversion percentage (83.3 percent), 11th in third down conversion percentage (45.1 percent), 11th in tackles for loss allowed (4.3 per game), 13th in turnovers lost (11) and 18th in sacks allowed (0.9 per game).
Saturday's matchup features the top two offenses in the NEC, as Bryant leads the league averaging 427.0 yards per game and Duquesne is second at 417.5 per contest.
The Dukes sport the league's top rushing offense (198.5 yards per game) while the Bulldogs boast the NEC's top air attack (303.5 yards per game).
The two teams are also 1-2 in the conference in pass efficiency (1. Duquesne - 165.5 / 2. Bryant - 130.3).
Nathan Stone was recently named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in college football.
Duquesne is 35-18 in NEC play over the past seven seasons. The Dukes went 4-11 in their first two years in the conference while making the transition to a scholarship model. DU is 14-3 in NEC play over the past three years.
Saturday will be the final game in a Dukes jersey for 17 players: Cody Collins, Adam Clopton, Lukas Damian, Chandler Daniel, Bryan Fegley, Joshua Gills, Carter Henderson, Ben Huss, Thomas Lucas, Stephan Osong, Chavas Rawlins, Justice Rawlins, Thomas Rizza, Malik Shegog, Nathan Stone, Andy Struttmann, Tommy Stuart.
The victory over WV Wesleyan earlier this season marked Duquesne's 100th win at Arthur J. Rooney Field, which has served as the home of the Dukes since the 1993 season. With the triumph, Duquesne has now won 10 straight home openers.
Senior Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia) has 37 receptions for 338 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Sophomore Kellon Taylor (Landover, Md./DeMatha Catholic) has three touchdown catches on the year. Taylor, also a member of the DU basketball team, has 18 receptions for 263 yards on the season.
Linebacker Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) leads the Dukes with 75 tackles (39 solo) in nine games on the year to go with 7.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, a sack and three quarterback hurries. Fellow Murrysville native Brett Zanotto (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Maryland) is second on the team with 55 tackles on the season (38 solo) with 8.0 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Henderson is second in the NEC and 28th in FCS football with 5.2 solo tackles per game while ranking fifth in the league with 75 total tackles on the year.
Nathan Stone has 47 tackles (28 solo) this season with a team-high 9.0 tackles for loss including 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a team-high eight quarterback hurries.
Junior defensive back Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) has tallied 52 tackles (37 solo) and leads the conference with four interceptions on the year.
Junior cornerback Jonathant Istache (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) has a team-high 10 passes
defended on the season including nine pass breakups and an interception. In addition, he has forced a pair of fumbles and had a 40-yard fumble recovery against St. Francis. Istache also has 36 tackles (28 solo) on the season.
Duquesne posted an 8-3 record last season with a 5-1 mark in Northeast Conference play, earning a share of the conference crown. The Dukes have captured at least a share of the NEC title in four of the last six seasons. (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016). Duquesne returned 13 position starters entering the 2017 season (five on offense, eight on defense).
The Dukes are 35-25 in non-conference games under 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt with wins over Robert Morris (three times prior to joining the NEC), Dayton (seven times), Bucknell (four times), Fordham (twice), Albany (once as a CAA member) and Monmouth (as an independent). At home, the Dukes are 23-3 in non-league play.
This is the 10th meeting between the Dukes and Bulldogs in the series which dates back to the 2008 season.
Bryant owns a 5-4 series advantage but the two teams have split matchups since 2009, when the Bulldogs joined the NEC.
Last year's 35-31 Duquesne victory at Rooney Field snapped a three-game losing streak against Bryant. The Dukes also won three straight games over the Bulldogs from 2010-12.
Duquesne is 2-3 against Bryant in Smithfield, dropping two consecutive games at Beirne Stadium. The Dukes last claimed a win on the road over the Bulldogs in 2012 by a score of 35-21.
The Bulldogs (5-5, 3-2) have won three straight games coming into this Saturday's matchup against the Dukes, topping Wagner, Sacred Heart and Robert Morris in the last three weeks. Bryant also owns a win over Fordham on the year.
In addition to conference losses to CCSU and St. Francis, Bryant has also lost to CAA members Maine, then 15th-ranked New Hampshire and Ivy League member Brown.
The Bulldogs pace the NEC and rank 10th in FCS football in passing offense, averaging 303.5 yards per game. They also lead the conference in total offense at 427.0 yards per contest.
Quarterback Price Wilson leads the conference and sits eighth in the country in passing yards (2,982) while ranking ninth in the nation in passing yards per game (298.2).
Wide receiver Tom Kennedy is second in the NEC and 18th in the country with eight receiving touchdowns on the season.
Linebacker Thomas Costigan leads the league and is second in the FCS with 11.0 sacks on the season. He is also tied for ninth in the country with 16.5 tackles for loss on the year.
LAST TIME OUT
CCSU 28, DUQUESNE 27 - With a chance to claim a fifth NEC title and an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, Duquesne fell just short by a score of 28-27 to visiting Central Connecticut State in a back-and-forth affair on Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field.
After falling behind 14-0 in the first half, Duquesne gained the momentum and responded with 27 straight points, building a 13-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
However, the Blue Devils would answer with a pair of scores to regain the lead at 28-27 with just over two minutes remaining in the contest.
Following a touchback, the Dukes used 11 plays to march 74 yards to the CCSU one-yard line. With five seconds to play and a chance to take the lead, an 18-yard field goal attempt went wide left as the Blue Devils held on for the triumph.
Nehari Crawford finished with a career-high 10 catches for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while A.J. Hines added 25 carries for 126 yards and two scores for Duquesne.
The Duquesne defense came up with three turnovers in the game which led to 14 Dukes points on forced fumbles by seniors Andy Struttmann (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and Nathan Stone.
BRYANT 42, ROBERT MORRIS 17 - Thomas Costigan finished with three sacks and running backs Jake Wiswall and Alfred Dorbor each scored their first-career touchdowns as Bryant won its third-straight game by a score of 42-17 over Robert Morris on Saturday at Joe Walton Stadium.
Costigan led a Bulldog defense that held the Colonials to just 19 rushing yards on the afternoon. Wiswall and Dorbor were part of a Bryant running attack that churned out 192 yards and three touchdowns.
For the third-straight week, however, it was a special teams play that turned the tide in the game. After RMU pulled within four, 21-17 in the fourth quarter Jean Constant returned the ensuing kick 86 yards for his second return score of the season.