More on the Albany Game

The Dukes had the ball for 19:19 in the first half; Albany controlled it for 19:45 in the second. More notes from Saturday's game with Albany inside.

Albany Downs Dukes, 33-23, in NEC Battle

NEC favorite and defending champion Albany is 2-3 on the season; Duquesne's 2008 record is 2-2, 1-1 in Northeast Conference play.

  • Much was made about the size of Albany's offensive line. Surprisingly, the Duquesne front six average 6-3 and 279 pounds while UA's line averages 6-4 and 270 pounds. There is a glaring difference in experience. Albany starts four seniors; Duquesne doesn't have a senior and starts a pair of freshman, Cameron Downy and Ron Dunn.
  • Albany's o-line is led by all-NEC right tackle Raphael Nguti, 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, who is getting looks from NFL teams.
  • Albany used a no-huddle offense for the entire game. Duquesne did more substituting in the second half to keep the guys fresh. At least twice, Albany's QB was in their set when an 11th Duke ran on the field.
  • Duquesne started using the no-huddle in the fourth period, as it had in last week's comeback win over Dayton. It's impact today was sp,ewhat stiffled when Connor Dixon was intercepted on first down. The Dukes did score on a five-play, 71-yard drive.
  • Duquesne's drives averaged 7.0 yards in the first half; 3.44 in the second.
  • Junior defensive end Tony Sparano and sophomore center Andy are sons of the Miami Dolphins' head coach, Tony Sr.
  • Duquesne increased its NEC-leading yards passing per game to 302.0.
  • Duquesne had five turnovers (2 fumbles, 3 interceptions) to UA's two, both fumbles. The Dukes were leading in the NEC turnover-margin category with +1.67; they're now at +0.50.
  • Couple trick plays by Albany. Llined up, 3rd and 17, at their own 23 but Chris Lynch punted, and with no Duke in the area, the ball rolled out of bounds for a 68-yarder. Earlier, UA had lined up for a 52-yard field goal but punted instead.
  • Nathan Totino entered the game second in the league, just 0.7 behind Robert Morris's Alex Di Michele, with 12.3 tackles per game. Totino's average is now 15.0. Be amazed if he's not the NEC defensive player of the week.
  • DU was 0-for-3 on fourth down conversions; the Great Danes' were a perfect 1-for-1. Esposito's three-yard keeper continued the drive that resulted in UA's first touchdown.
  • Duquesne was unable to convert Sean Bunevich's 30-yard reception to the UA three. Mark Troyan, who was an uncharacteristic 1-of-3 last week, hit his only field goal attempt today. That made the score 17-14. UA scored in the last minute on the first half to go up 20-17. Duquesne would never catch the Great Danes after that.
  • Herb Glass made three-of-five extra point attempts; he had been 8-for-8 in prior games.

More notes from Duquesne's game story press release:

  • The win extended Albany's NEC win streak to seven games ... the Great Danes went 6-0 in winning the conference title last season
  • David McCarty's 230 yards rushing (on 37 carries) were the most against Duquesne since Iona's Ralph Saldiveri ran for 248 yards on 31 attempts in a 62-50 win over the Dukes on Oct. 23, 1999
  • Duquesne, which had given up just two sacks in its first three games, saw Albany dump quarterback Connor Dixon five times
  • Sophomore linebacker Nathan Totino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-La Salle), extended his double-digit tackles streak to four games with a game- and career-high 23 stops (13 solo) ... Totino eclipsed his previous career high of 16 (10 solo) tackles set in the season opener at Bucknell ... Totino, who is averaging a team-high 15.0 tackles per game, also forced a fumble and recovered an onside kick late in the game
  • Junior tight end Sean Bunevich (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville), who caught three passes for a then career-high 92 yards last week against Dayton, set new career highs with 8 catches for 163 yards ... Bunevich, who entered the game with nine catches in DU's first three games, had seven catches for 122 yards in the first half
  • Sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) threw touchdown passes of 42 and 41 yards ... he finished the game 21-of-46 for 338 yards ... Dixon, who entered the game with just two interceptions in his first 104 attempts, was picked off three times
  • Junior tailback Cleodis Williams (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle), who ran for 65 yards on 17 carries, saw his streak of consecutive 100-yards games snapped at two
  • Freshmen linebackers Chidozie Oparanozie (Pittsburgh, Pa./The Linsly School (W.Va.)) - who has been named NEC Rookie of the Week twice this season - and Wiley Brown (Waldorf, Md./Fork Union Military Academy) finished with 11 and 12 tackles respectively for the Dukes.

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