Last year at this time, Duquesne closed up shop for football and moved their focus towards basketball after a disappointing 6-6 season (2-5 conference) record, but not this year. This year Duquesne made a push, they made it to the FCS playoffs and had an opportunity to face one of the FCS’ finest football schools: #13 William and Mary.
Duquesne, usually recognized for their superb basketball program, had a solid 8-4 football season under the tutelage of head coach Jerry Schmitt.
2015 will be a season remembered as the year that had an enormous boost, impact for the NEC conference and Duquesne’s football program as a whole.
William and Mary was a tough task for Duquesne to go through in the first round of the FCS playoffs, but even though Duquesne came out on the wrong side, they did not go down without a brawl.
Duquesne jumped out to a 14-point lead to start their first playoff game, but William and Mary’s balanced offense helped them get back into the game. The Dukes rallied late with a 42-yard fingertip touchdown catch by Wayne Capers Jr. from Dillon Buechel with 1:11 left on the clock. Although, they could not recover the onside kick and could not stop tailback Kendell Anderson.
Just to get to the playoffs for the first time should be a moral victory for the squad. It will also help that QB Dillon Buechel (RS JR) and RB P.J. Fulmore (FR) will be returning next year to help make another run.
Not to mention that Buechel threw for over 400 yards and had a career-high six touchdown passes in today’s game.
The sky is the limit for Duquesne football, so make sure follow their offseason commits, schedule setup because the Dukes can compete again in 2016.
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