Hosting Bryant University this past Saturday at Rooney field, Dillon Buechel and A.J. Hines were hungry for a victory for their school, Duquesne University. Both schools came into Halloween weekend ranked as the top two scoring teams in the Northeast Conference (NEC).
As always for Duquesne University, a slow start put them just behind the eight-ball, allowing the Bulldogs to march down the field, and cashing in on a 32-yard pass to cap off a 97 yard drive. The Dukes answered right back with a along drive of their own, with Buechel connecting with Blair Roberts on a 15-yard pass to knot the score up at 7.
A field goal and a strip sack gave Bryant a chance at getting back on the board, as Quarterback Dalton Easton passed for another touchdown to go up 17-7. Defense would once again get the best of the Dukes, as Buechel would be picked off, setting Bryant up on Duquesne’s 22 yard line. Scores from both sides before halftime would bring the score to 24-14, with the Dukes trying to shake off the turnovers and take back the lead.
After the break, Duquesne seemed like a completely different team, as the passing game would help out the run game, with Wayne Capers bringing in a 50-yard pass, while A.J. Hines would push forward and use his vision to grab seven more points from one yard out to make the score 24-21. Duquesne would force a fumble on the ensuing kick, however, they couldn’t cash in, as Austin Crimmins kick would fall to the turf without splitting the uprights.
Trying to right the wrongs of their last possession, Duquesne would get back on the board with a third and long conversion, to make the score 28-24 Dukes thanks to another Blair Roberts pass-and-catch. Keenan Thompson and Dalton Easton continued their domination on the field, getting into the end zone on a 14 yard catch to increase their total to 31 early on in the fourth.
A.J. Hines and P.J. Fulmore would contribute when it’s important yet again, setting up Dillon Buechel with yet another shot to Blair Roberts that would eventually ice the contest out with a score of 35-31.
As another weekend passes by on the calendar, the Dukes would tally yet another win on their record, bringing the season record to 5-3. As close as the first half of action was, Duquesne totaled 324 yards, compared to the Bulldogs 79 in the second half.
Duquesne looks to ride out their win all the way to Staten Island, Ny. this weekend, as the Dukes will take on Wagner University at noon.