Bucknell Downs Dukes, 28-19, in Home Opener

Despite Scott Knapp's 14 of 29 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, the Patriot League's Bucknell saddened Duquesne fans with a 28-19 win over the Dukes in the Rooney Field opener.

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    The two halves were nothing like each other. The squads combined for 40 points (21-19 BU) in the first 30 minutes. Bucknell (1-0) running back Corin Erby's one-yard plunge for a touchdown with 6:53 left on the third quarter clock was the only score in the second half.

    That had been the second straight time that BU got to Duquesne's one. On the previous drive that started the second half, Corbin and QB Marcello Trigg were stopped twice each by DU's goal line defense, forcing Bucknell to hand the ball back to Duquesne. Pittsburgh post-grad transfer Derron Thomas was credited with three of the stops, the fourth by John Simmons.

    The Dukes (0-1), with their back to the wall on their one, went three and out. The punt gave Bucknell the ball on DU's 37. The first drive had also been in Red and Blue territory thanks to A.J. Kizeki's 54-yard kickoff return to the 32.

    Scott Knapp's touchdown tosses were for 72 yards to Michael Rasky and 52 to Bruce Hocker. Hocker led the Dukes with four catches for 104 yards.

    Duquesne's new running back cadre gained 122 yards, paced by Greg Hough (16/83). This was the first game in four years where James Jacobs and Jeremy McCullough weren't in the Dukes' backfield.

    Thomas led the defense with 18 tackles, eight of them solos. Paul Mulbah had the only interception of the game.

    Trigg was 8-of-14 for 156 yards, two TDs and that interception. A.J. Kizelki, who gained 68 yards on just two catches, was the recipient of one of those scoring tosses; Josh Lee had the other. The Bison put together 153 yards on the ground with Trigg and Erby combining on 39 runs for 80 yards. Stephen Collage and Ryan Slater had five tackles each.

    Duquesne has next weekend off before heading to Providence, R.I. for a Saturday afternoon match with the Ivy League's Brown University Bears. The 9/15/07 game, Brown's season opener, will start at 12:30 p.m.


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