NEC Offensive Player of the Week Connor Dixon

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) was named Northeast Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in Duquesne's 48-42 season-opening loss at Bucknell on Saturday.

Connor Dixon, making his first career collegiate start, completed 30-of-47 passes for 429 yards and a school record six touchdowns to rally the Dukes from a 48-7 early third quarter deficit.

Dixon, a first-year transfer from Michigan State whose last meaningful game action came in the 2005 Pennsylvania high school Class AA championship game, threw for five scores in the second half including four in the fourth quarter.

The South Park, Pa. native started slowly completing 2-of-6 passes for nine yards in the first quarter, before shaking off the rust to complete 18-of-29 passes for 341 yards and five scores in the second half.

Dixon's six touchdown passes (22, 16, 26, 38, 3 & 18 yards) broke the school record of five shared by Niel Loebig (three times) and Tony Zimmerman (once). The 429 yards - the second-highest total in school history - were nine shy of the school record of 438 set by Zimmerman against Iona in 2000.

Duquesne (0-1, 0-0), is idle this weekend before opening the home season with the first NEC game in school history against Saint Francis, Pa. (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Rooney Field.

Note about photo and 'last meaningful game': Dixon, also a corner back at South Park, intercepted a pass in the end zone on the last play of the PIAA Class AA championship game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, in Hershey, Pa. He accounted for 215 total yards and three scores in the Eagles' 28-17 win over Easton's Wilson Area High School, a team from the Lehigh Valley, one of Duquesne football's top recruiting areas. South Park finished the season a perfect 16-0.
-- DC.

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