Rooney field. Saturday night. Duquesne University took on Robert Morris University for their first conference test this season. Riding a three game streak against RMU, the Dukes were looking to continue their success this season, and improve to 4-1.
Quarterback Dillon Buechel was firing on all cylinders, as he completed passes to nine different receivers, along with tallying 258 yards through the air. The running backs for Duquesne also came to play, as A.J. Hines and P.J. Fulmore both combined for 233 rushing yards.
To open the game, both sides traded field position, before Nehari Crawford fumbled a punt which led to RMU taking advantage, and putting the first points of the game on the board. The points ignited a fire under the Dukes when they marched down the field in seven plays, as Buechel threw to Chavas Rawlins from 11 yards out to answer the Colonials.
The second quarter opened with field goals from both sides, until Robert Morris returned a 63-yd field goal attempt all the way back for a touchdown. With just 10 seconds left in the first half, Dillon Buechel would find yet another receiver in the end zone, with Kellon Taylor this time to tie the score at 17.
As the second half opened up, so did the offense for RMU. Joe Carroll found Trey Edwards on a 65-yard pass to go up 24-17 late in the third quarter of action. The Dukes would answer back, yet again, on another pass from Buechel to Blair Roberts at the very end of the third quarter to knot the contest up at 24.
The fourth quarter rolled around and both teams couldn’t get back to their feet. P.J. Fulmore and the Duquesne offense started their drive at their own 38-yard line, and from there, the running game took over. Fulmore would take the ball across the threshold of the end zone with a 9-yard rush to put the Dukes up 31-24.
The Dukes would come out on top of the Colonials for the fourth straight year in a row. Duquesne will take on Saint Francis (Pa.) this Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. looking to continue their offensive success.