Going into enemy territory this past weekend, the Duquesne Dukes were looking to continue their two-game win streak with a victory over Saint Francis University. After Head Coach Jerry Schmidt registered his 100th career win over Robert Morris, Duquesne had all the momentum as they traveled to Loretto, Pa.
On the Dukes opening possession in the 1st quarter, Austin Crimmins missed a 20-yard field goal wide left, and set Saint Francis up with a great opportunity. The Red Flash couldn’t execute, as they were forced to punt the ball away. After what seemed like both sides were playing a game of hot potato, Duquesne got on the board with a 26-yard field goal halfway into the second quarter.
The Dukes were on their way to the end-zone before Brandon Ponder intercepted Dillon Buechel on the 17-yard line. Zack Drayer would find Kamron Lewis on the very next play with a 83-yard catch-and-run to set Saint Francis up on the 1-yard mark. Drayer would put the Red Flash on the board, and in the lead with a score of 7-3 going into the halftime break.
The defense stepped up huge for the Dukes, as Jonathant Istache stepped in front of a Zack Drayer pass to set Duquesne up with A.J. Hines taking the ball in from one yard out to make the score 10-7 with 8:43 left in the third.
With just 50 seconds left in the contest, Saint Francis would make one final push to the end-zone, with a 1-yard run from Zack Drayer. Duquesne would try to march down the field, however, Buechel would be picked off to ice the game with a score of 14-10.
Even with a loss, A.J. Hines would still be tabbed the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season. The loss gives Duquesne a 4-3 record on the season, and have to face Bryant University at Rooney Field this Saturday at 12 p.m.