The Dukes non-conference record is 1-2. The Dukes lost at Monmouth last Saturday in their sole Northeast Conference game.
Senior Kevin Rombach replaced junior starter Connor Dixon with 5:39 left in the game and directed a nine-play 68-yard drive. The final play, with about two minutes left, was Kevin's five-yard pass to classmate Michael Rasky to get the Dukes within a TD, 24-17, On the final series, Rombach took the Dukes to Dayton's 38. The fourth down conversion, with time expiring, was unsuccessful.
Dixon was 8-of-19 for 89 yards and an interception on the almost-hail-mary pass on the penultimate play of the first half. Rombach was 12-of-15 for 84 yards and that TD.
Senior Nathan Totino had a team-best 12 tackles with sophomore Anthony Rhoades grabbing the opponent 10 times. Both teams had one turnover, each an interception, with the Dukes' possession change by junior Tyler Scruggs.
Freshman Eric Duale was 2-of-2 on PATS and 1-of-2 on field goals, from 32-yards away, each time.
The Dukes got off to a great start when McCoy rambled 67 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage.
Duquesne took a 10-7 lead via Duale's 32-yard field goal with 7:03 remaining before the break.
Dayton got the second half kickoff. On their fourth play, Valentino connected with sophomore Luke Bellman on a 62-yard pass and run for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead. Midway through the period, senior Nick Glavin hit a field goal, another 32-yarder.
Dayton (2-1) had the ball over 10 minutes in the period and gained 171 yards. Duquesne ran nine plays and netted minus-5 yards.
In the 10th minute of the fourth quarter, Flyers' freshman Brian Mack capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run. Glavin's extra point put the lead to 14 at 24-10.
Senior quarterback Kevin Rombach saw his first action of the game with 5:39 left. Rombach led the Dukes on a nine-play, 68-yard scoring drive, the last a five-yard pass to Rasky.
With 2:26 on the clock and all three timeouts, Duquesne, passed on the onside kick, trusting its weary defense to hold for a three-and-out. They did.
Rombach and the Dukes' offense got the ball on their own 18 with 1:56 remaining. They advanced to Dayton's 38. On 4th-and-2 with less than 10 seconds available, Rombach was sacked for the second time this day.
Valentino was 18-29 for 272 yards, two touchdowns with one interception. He also was Dayton's leading rusher with 76 yards via 20 touches, including two sacks for -19 yards.
Bellman and Watkins, the TD scorers, each gained over 100 yards via three passes. Senior James Vercammen had game-highs 15 tackles and seven solos. The Flyers sacked the Dukes' QBs five times for -44 yards.
Duquesne (1-3, 0-1) returns to Northeast Conference play next Saturday when it hosts crosstown rival Robert Morris in a Homecoming matchup at 1:00 p.m. on Rooney Field.