In the first meeting between Duquesne and Jacksonville, the Dukes are hoping to get a victory after their 17 game non-conference home win streak was snapped last weekend.
A.J. Hines registered 91 yards on 25 rushing attempts, along with 61 yards on four receptions. He also was named the NEC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, tying the most all-time NEC (ROTW) in Duquesne history. Hines leads the team in yards rushing (373) along with five touchdowns in four games.
This past Saturday, the Dukes fell to Kennesaw in a 36-28 game that marked the second blemish on Duquesne’s record. Duquesne will be traveling to Florida for the first time since 1950, and they have a chance at the 2-1 Dolphins from Jacksonville.
The Dolphins are led by first-year head coach Ian Shields and his team this year is without 16 players who accumulated some sort of Pioneer Football League accolades. The rushing game for Jacksonville will be the highlight of discussion for the Dukes defense, as they have racked up 577 yards and 5 touchdowns on 134 attempts.
Duquesne is looking forward to getting back onto the field after suffering a defeat last game, and being on the road for the first time in three weeks. The Dukes also are trying to prove themselves against a team they have not seen in school history.
Dillon Buechel has thrown for 1052 yards with five touchdowns in two games, giving them a chance to improve their stats on the year. Allowing 20 points per game for the Dukes will be a stat they hope to shrink, with the Dolphins putting up just about 23.
Only time will tell whether or not Jacksonville and Duquesne could shape out to be a legacy, but one thing is for sure, both teams are going to play like its a rivalry. The game is set for 1:05 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field in Jacksonville, Fla. You can live-stream the game on ESPN3 as well as following the game on twitter @DuqFB.