Saturday, Nov. 1 at 12:00 p.m.
Bulldog Stadium (3,400/Grass) • Smithfield, R.I.
DUKES PLAY NON-CONFERENCE GAME AT BRYANT
Duquesne (2-5, 1-4), looking to snap a four-game losing streak, heads to Smithfield, R.I. to face Bryant University (4-4) in a non-conference game at 12:00 on Saturday, Nov. 1 (WMNY-AM 1360). Bryant, currently in transition from Division II to core NEC membership, is scheduled to begin Northeast Conference competition in 2012 when its completes the NCAA-mandated reclassification process.
Duquesne is looking to snap its longest losing streak since the 1993 team lost five in a row. The Dukes jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, but could not hold on as Sacred Heart scored 29 unanswered point to defeat the Dukes 29-17 last Saturday. The Pioneers held the Dukes to a season-low 171 yards of total offense. It was the first time this season the DU offense was held below 300 yards.
This is the first meeting between Duquesne and Bryant.
Bryant is on the schedule of six of the eight current NEC football programs ... the Bulldogs own wins over a pair of NEC teams: at Wagner (24-14) and home against Robert Morris (20-7) and have lost to future conference opponents at Central Connecticut (42-35) and at home to Monmouth (30-17) ... Bryant is playing its first season in the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) and only the school's 10th season of football all together ... the Bulldogs are coming off a 42-7 loss at No. 17 Massachusetts ... this is Senior Day for Bryant which finishes the season with games at Iona and Saint Francis, Pa. ... Bryant is 3-1 at home with the lone loss coming to Monmouth (30-17) ... the Bulldogs are 17-2 at home in the regular season over the past four seasons ... Bryant is +12 in turnover margin ... the Bulldogs are +8 in fumbles (14-5 to 16-13) and +5 in interceptions (eight thrown to 12 made) ... Bryant, which is averaging 157.6 yards rushing per game, has scored 11 of its 22 touchdowns on the ground ... Jerell Smith is the leading ground gainer with 870 yards on 153 carries (108.8 ypg.) ... quarterback Jay Graber has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,172 yards and 10 scores ... Ross Giffune leads the receivers with 22 catches ... five different Bryant receivers have 10 or more catches.
IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Duquesne is 28-22 in non-conference games since 1999 (18-5 at home and 10-17 on the road) ... this is the Dukes' second trip to Rhode Island in as many years ... last season, DU dropped a 28-17 decision to Brown in Providence.
IN NCAA STATS
Duquesne sophomore linebacker Nathan Totino ranks second in the FCS in tackles per game with 14.4 ... the 5-10, 200-pounder has posted double-digit stops in all seven games with a high of 23 set against Albany on Oct. 4 ... the 23 tackles are tied for most in a game by any FCS player this season ... Duquesne ranks 31st nationally in passing offense at 246.1 ypg. ... sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon ranks 31st in total offense at 240.1 ypg. ... the young Dukes have struggled against the run, giving up an average of 204.7 ypg. which ranks 109th nationally ... DU held Sacred Heart to an opponent season-low 91 yards on the ground on 38 carries (2.4 ypc.) last weekend.
LEFTOVERS FROM SACRED HEART
- Sacred Heart, which was intercepted at the Duquesne 11 and in the DU end zone on its first two possessions, scored on its next four possessions (sandwiched around a one play "take a knee" at the end of the first half) to score 29 unanswered points
- SHU held the ball for 12:17 of the third quarter on its way to a 39:20 to 20:40 time of possession advantage for the game
- Sacred Heart's Evin Jones, who entered the game as the nation's eighth-leading rusher at 122.57 ypg., was held to 74 yards on 26 carries (2.8 ypc.)
- The loss ended Duquesne's (2-5) streak of consecutive winning seasons at 14 ... only two other FCS schools - Eastern Kentucky and Montana - entered the 2008 season with longer streaks
- The four-game losing streak is DU's longest since the 1993 team, playing its first season after moving from Division III to I-AA non-scholarship, dropped five in a row in finishing 4-6 ... that was also DU's last non-winning season ... with three games remaining, the best Duquesne can finish is 5-5
- Sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) completed 5-of-5 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns (29 and 4 yards) in the first quarter as DU jumped out to a 14-0 lead ... he was 4-of-19 for 35 yards and was picked off three times over the final three quarters ... his 107 yards passing were a season-low ...despite the rough outing, Dixon still managed to throw multiple touchdown passes for the sixth time in seven games ... he now has 18 TD tosses this season
- Junior tailback Cleodis Williams (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) rushed 17 times for a game high 81 yards (4.8 yards per carry)
- Sophomore safety Willie Milhouse (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) had and game and career high 13 tackles (8 solo) to go along with his first career interception ... the interception, which was made in the end zone, led to a 41-yard field goal that put the Dukes up 17-0
- Sophomore linebacker Nathan Totino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-La Salle), extended his double-digit tackles streak to seven games with 11 stops (5 solo) ... it was the first time Totino did not lead DU in tackles this season ... Totino is now averaging 14.4 tackles per game
- Freshman safety Akeem Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) returned a first quarter interception 79 yards to the Sacred Heart 10 ... Moore leads the Dukes with three picks on the season
- Junior tight end Sean Bunevich (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) was forced to leave the game with 12:00 left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury ... Bunevich, who had two catches for 35 yards, entered the game with a team-best average of 18.2 yards per catch
- After 31 quarters, and nearly eight full games, Duquesne became the first team to register a sack against Sacred Heart when junior Mykol Gardiner (Cleveland, OH/Benedictine) dropped QB Dale Fink for a 12-yard loss on the Pioneers' first play of the fourth quarter ... Gardiner teamed up with sophomore Thaimu Bangura (Lanham, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) for a second sack of SHU's signal caller two plays later ... Sacred Heart was the last FCS team to surrender a sack this season