Bulldog Football Hosts Duquesne Sat. Noon

SMITHFIELD, RI - The Bryant University football team will host Duquesne this Saturday in the final home game of the 2008 season. The Bulldogs will honor the senior class prior to kickoff which is at 12 noon.

Complete Release in .pdf format The Bulldogs try to bounce back from last week's 42-7 loss at No. 17 UMass when Bryant hosts Duquesne this Saturday afternoon for Senior Day. Prior to kickoff, the Bulldogs will honor the senior class that helped lead Bryant to two Northeast-10 Conference Championships and NCAA playoff appearances.

The Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season with road games at Iona (Nov. 15) and Saint Francis, PA (Nov. 22).

This will be the first-ever meeting between Bryant and Duquesne. The Dukes are playing their first football season as a member of the Northeast Conference in football this season.

THE BULLDOGS

Bryant is coming off a 42-7 loss at No. 17 UMass last weekend in Amherst, MA.

Trailing 21-0, the Bulldogs put together a solid scoring drive behind the play of backup quarterback Kurt Spear. The junior, seeing action for the first time this season, stepped right in and guided the team down field with a solid scoring drive. Spear completed 3 of 4 passes including a 16-yarder to Mike Canfora for 16 yards on his first pass attempt. A 15-yard pass to Ross Giffune moved the ball down to the UMass 22 yard line. Behind steady blocking by the offensive line up front, junior tailback Lindsey Gamble moved the ball down to 6 and one play later found a seam into the end zone to make it 21-7 just before the end of the opening quarter. The 16-play drive covered 6 minutes, 41 seconds - the longest scoring drive of the season for the Bulldogs.

UMass would answer as Tony Nelson scored from 3 yards out and Jeremy Horne was on the receiving end of a 21-yard pass from Coen to make it 35-7 at the half and the hosts cruised from there. Horne finished with 182 yards and three touchdowns while Korrey Davis rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries.

Spear finished the day completing 7 of 17 passes for 70 yards with Giffune hauling in three catches for 27 yards. Jerell Smith rushed for 56 of Bryant's 126 yards on the ground while Gamble finished with 52 yards on 17 carries. Sophomore Addison Lynch recorded a career-best 12 tackles to lead Bryant defensively. Junior linebacker Paul Polomski added 10 tackles as the Bulldog defense recovered three UMass fumbles, all in the second half. Punter Brian Donnelly punted a school-record 12 times for 441 yards.

THE DUKES OF DUQUESNE

Another Pittsburgh team visits Bulldog Stadium for the second time in three weeks as the Bulldogs welcome Duquesne to town. The Dukes have dropped four-straight heading into today's game including a tough 28-17 loss to Sacred Heart on Homecoming last weekend.

Duquesne led 17-0 midway through the second quarter only to see Sacred Heart score 29 unanswered points. Sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon completed 9 of 24 passes for 107 yards but was intercepted three times in the game. He was the No. 2 quarterback at Michigan State before transferring to Duquesne last June. He was a perfect 5-for-5 for 72 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. He enters Saturday's game with 1,643 yards passing this season and has thrown 18 touchdown passes.

Alex Roberson has 33 catches for 465 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Cleodis Williams led the way with 81 yards rushing on 17 carries. Williams is averaging 88.7 yards rushing per game and has scored three touchdowns.


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