Duquesne travelled to Dayton, Ohio this past Saturday to take on the Flyers during Family Weekend at Welcome Stadium.
Dayton took advantage of the momentum swing from forcing the Dukes to punt on the first possession, with a one yard run from Sean Prophit to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Flyers. With the ball back in the hands of Tommy Stuart, head coach Jerry Schmitt amped up the aerial attack, with a pass to junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford for a 58 yard touchdown to put the first points on the board for Duquesne.
After a missed field goal from the Flyers, Duquesne marched right down the field and scored from one yard out on the legs of Tommy Stuart, capping off a 12 play, 80 yard drive. After the two teams traded punts back and forth, the Flyers lived up to their name, after Christian Searles took a punt into the end-zone on a 71-yard catch and run. With the score tied up at 14 all, the Dukes were itching to score before the first half came to a close. A balanced attack through the air and ground opened up the Flyers defense, and Stuart once again hit the mark, this time into the arms of Kellon Taylor. The half came to a close with the Dukes up 21-14.
The second half started out slow, with both teams unable to get their offense moving in the right direction. A field goal from the leg of Patrick Sandler made the score 21-17, then a few drives later, a fumble from Dayton gave the Dukes a much needed boost. the balanced offense from Duquesne took the field again, and scored once more on the ground, with Tommy Stuart registering his second rushing touchdown of the game. Another turnover got the offense going, but it was the Flyers this time who got the edge. A drive that only took three plays put much needed points on the board, on a five yard rush from Tucker Yinger. One last effort from the Flyers to get on the board was halted by the clock, and the game ended with a score of 28-23 in favor of the Dukes.
Tommy Stuart finished the game with 19 completions on 31 attempts for 253 yards and two passing touchdowns, along with one INT. In the rushing department, Stuart also added two touchdowns to his name, as P.J. Fulmore registered 83 yards on 21 attempts. Nehari Crawford was a human highlight reel, racking up 125 yards on six catches, along with one touchdown.
The Dukes will have an off week this Saturday, before hosting the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats at 7 p.m. at Rooney Field.