Dukes Rebound with 14-0 Win at Wagner

Duquesne, spurred on by a strong defensive effort, ended a five-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Wagner, Saturday afternoon in a rainy and foggy Staten Island, N.Y. The win broke the two teams tie for sixth place in the Northeast Conference.

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Redshirt junior Kevin Rombach, who got his first start of the season, hit tight end Brian Layhue for a 12-yard touchdown and fellow junior Cleodis Williams ran 13 yards for the other score.

Duquesne's defense returned to early season form holding, the Seahawks to 118 net yards on 54 plays.

Rombach was 10-of-20 for 112 yards and no interceptions. Williams again crashed the century mark rushing for 114 yards on a career-high 28 carries. Layhue had four receptions for 29 yards. Senior Alex Roberson caught a pair of Rombach throws, one for the 38 yards that set up the Dukes' first TD.

This game, Duquesne's defense consistently stopped Wagner on third downs, forcing the home team into 10 punts. Seahawks rushed for just 26 yards via 29 attempts. The Dukes won the turnover battle, 2-1.

Chidozie Oparanozie led the Red and Blue with 13 tackles, four solo. Sophomore Nathan Totino, who came into the game second in the FBS (formerly Div. I-AA) with 13.4 tackles per game, was injured about six minutes into the second half. The Pittsburgh native watched the rest of the game on crutches.

Duquesne got the game's first points on the opening drive of the second half when Romback and Layhue combined for a touchdown with 12:33 on the third quarter clock.

Freshman Ashton Burno recovered a WC fumble after redshirt sophomore Tyler Scruggs had sacked quarterback Adam Farnsworth at the Wagner 28. This led to Williams' 13-yard run with 26 seconds left in the third for the final score of the game.

Wagner's last attempt to cut into the Dukes' edge was ended when sophomore Willie Milhouse intercepted a Farnsworth pass in the end zone with 45 seconds left to play.

Senior Matt Abbey started at QB on Wagner's Senior Day but was 0-of-6 passing. Farnsworth, the regular QB, was 9-of-19 for 92 yards. Freshman Prince Young provided most of the Seahawks' offense, rushing for 45 yards and catching three passes for 46 yards. Stefan Gage had a game-high 14 tackles.

Duquesne, now 3-6, 2-4 in the Northeast Conference, concludes their first season of NEC play next Saturday, November 15, 2008 when they host Monmouth at 1:00 p.m. on Rooney Field. Saturday, the Mountain Hawks (6-4, 5-1) gave Sacred Heart their second loss of the season to move into sole position of second place in the league.

Wagner (3-7, 1-5) closes the season at league leader Albany (7-3, 6-0), also on Sat. at 1 p.m.

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