Duquesne 14-point win over Saint Francis

The Duquesne defense answered the call. Taking a bunch of pages from the "bend don't break" handbook, the Dukes stopped Saint Francis drives of 29, 40 and 70 yards in the first half via interceptions and did so three times more, on downs, in the second half. More notes on Saturday's game ...

Duquesne press release has some of these and more notes. Photo Gallery link available now.

  • Most misleading stat of this game: time of possession. Saint Francis's offense had the ball 63.4 percent of the time (38:02 minutes); Duquesne, 21:48 - 4:29 on the final drive that clinched the game.
  • Greg Hough returned to the offensive side of the ball after lining up at linebacker against Bucknell; he had six tackles, including one for a loss and a forced fumble in that game.
  • Coach Jerry Schmitt told WMNY reporter Tad Maurey that Hough was able to fill the fullback role because of the development of some young linebackers since the Bucknell game.
  • Duquesne gained 56 yards on the ground at Bucknell; 131 tonight in the team's 22 minutes with the ball.
  • Duquesne failed on two fourth-down conversions in the first quarter, at the SFU 35 and 30.
  • Alex Roberson was called for offensive interference twice in the final drive of the second quarter negating substantial gains that would have gotten DU out of the shadows of their goal post. Rendered moot when Connor Dixon and Conrad Carter combined for the 91-yard score.
  • That 91-yard touchdown pass was the second-longest pass play in school history, second only to a 95-yard Tony Zimmerman-to-Jeremy Conley connection at Siena in 1998.
  • Dixon was intercepted for the first time this season.
  • For the second game, Duquesne confined all their scoring to one half: 35 points in the second half at Bucknell and all 21 in the first half tonight.
  • Saint Francis was without their top receiver, senior Antoine Rivera, who had 11 catches for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Loretto, Pa. team's first two games.
  • The primary running back for both teams was a "C. Williams." Calvin of the Red Flash and the Dukes' Cleodis.
  • The two teams combined for 437 yards in the first half and 181 in the second.
  • Duquesne on occasion used a no-huddle offense with Dixon calling the play and the team lined up at the ball. Did so for the entire final drive.
  • There was a standing room crowd of 2,454 at Rooney Field. Before the renovation, capacity was listed at 4,500. Now it's 2,200.
  • True freshman linebacker Chidozie Oparanozie, a running back in high school, had three pass breakups in addition to his two picks.
  • Sophomore Nathan Totino led the Dukes with 11 tackles, his the second game in row in double figures (16 at Bucknell). Five teammates each had seven takedowns
  • Junior Bill Poletti had Duquesene's other interception.
  • True freshman defensive back Wiley Brown had two pass breakups.

Finally, watching/listening to the game over the internet proves time is relative. The video feed was about two minutes ahead of the RedZoneMedia audio. See a play and then listen for the facts works as long don't get confused by new video.

For part of the first half, the cameraperson panned from the play to the scoreboard after each down and then refocused and went back to the field. A steady cam was the rule after the break, thank goodness.

This Columbia, Md. guy would be at a loss without three tools: live radio over the internet, live stats via GameTracker, and real-time game video via Duquesne All-Access.