2009 Dukes Football Schedule Announced

PITTSBURGH - A 1,157-mile trip to Thibodaux, Louisiana to face Nicholls State, highlights the non-conference portion of the 2009 Duquesne football schedule released on Wednesday.

In all, the Dukes, who return 15 starters from last year's 3-7 team, play five games at home and six on the road as they begin their second season as members of the Northeast Conference.

The Dukes open under the lights at Rooney Field against Bucknell on Sept. 5, marking the eighth time in the past 13 years Duquesne will face Bucknell in the season-opener. The Bison, a member of the Patriot League, defeated Duquesne 48-42 last year at Bucknell.

The following weekend, Duquesne will make its first trip west of the Mississippi since a 1947 game at Saint Louis to face Nicholls State. The game will be Duquesne's first against a member of the Southland Conference.

DU stays on the road for the first of seven games against NEC opponents when it heads to New Jersey to face Monmouth on Sept. 19.

The Dukes, who handed Dayton one of its three losses last season, travel to UD to face the Flyers on Sept. 26.

Duquesne begins a stretch of six consecutive NEC games with a Homecoming match-up against local rival Robert Morris on Oct. 3.

The following weekend, the Dukes head to upstate New York to face defending NEC champion Albany.

DU hosts Central Connecticut State on Oct. 17 before making the short trip to Loretto, Pa. to play in the first night game in DeGol Field history on Oct. 24 at Saint Francis, Pa.

The Dukes return home to play Wagner on Halloween before taking a week off. DU heads to Fairfield, Conn. to play Sacred Heart on Nov. 14 before concluding the season at home with a non-conference game versus Bryant on Nov. 21. Bryant, which qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2006 and 2007, will be in its second season of its four-year transition to Division I. The Bulldogs, who will face all eight Northeast Conference schools in `09, will officially join the NEC in 2012.

For ticket information regarding the 2009 season, fans are encouraged to call 412-232-DUKE (3853).

2009-2010 SCHEDULE
09/05/09 vs. BUCKNELL Pittsburgh, Pa. 6:00 p.m. ET
09/12/09 at Nicholls State Thibodaux, La. TBA
09/19/09 at Monmouth* West Long Branch, N.J. TBA
09/26/09 at Dayton Dayton, Ohio TBA
10/03/09 vs. ROBERT MORRIS* Pittsburgh, Pa. (HC) 1:00 p.m. ET
10/10/09 at Albany* Albany, N.Y. 1:00 p.m. ET
10/17/09 vs. CCSU* Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/24/09 at Saint Francis (PA)* Loretto, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET
10/31/09 vs. WAGNER* Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
11/14/09 at Sacred Heart* Fairfield, Conn. TBA
11/21/09 vs. BRYANT Pittsburgh, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET

Home games are in CAPS
* Northeast Conference opponent

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