Dukes Head to Defending Champs Albany

Duquesne (2-3, 1-1), which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 34-20 Homecoming win over cross-town rival Robert Morris on Saturday, heads to Albany, N.Y. to face two-time defending Northeast Conference champion Albany on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m. during the Great Danes' homecoming.

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DUQUESNE (2-3, 1-1) at ALBANY (3-2, 2-0)
Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m.
University Field (5,000/Grass) • Albany, N.Y.

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DUKES LOOK FOR FIRST ROAD WIN AT ALBANY

Duquesne (2-3, 1-1), which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 34-20 Homecoming win over cross-town rival Robert Morris on Saturday, heads to Albany, N.Y. to face two-time defending Northeast Conference champion Albany on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m. The game, which will be part of Albany's Homecoming & Family Weekend will be televised by Time Warner Cable (TW3).

The Dukes will be looking to snap a three-game road losing streak against an Albany squad that is coming off a 27-6 NEC win at Saint Francis, Pa. This is the fourth road game of the season for the Dukes who have already covered 3,572 miles on trips to Louisiana (at Nicholls State), New Jersey (at Monmouth) and Ohio (at Dayton).

Albany, picked as the preseason favorite by league coaches, has won or shared four of the past seven NEC titles, including each of the past two years. Albany's conference record over that seven-year span is 38-10. The Great Danes bring a 15-game conference win streak and 10-game home win streak into Saturday's game.

DUKES AND GREAT DANES

This is just the third meeting between Duquesne and four-time Northeast Conference champion Albany ... in the only meeting between the two at Albany, UA handed then 11-0 Duquesne a 24-0 defeat in the 2002 ECAC Classic played at University Field ... it is one of only three times a Duquesne team has been shut out since moving to the FCS level in 1993 ... last year, Albany turned two Duquesne fourth-quarter turnovers into 13 points to pull away for a 33-23 win over the Dukes at Rooney Field ... tailback David McCarty was the offensive star for Albany with 230 yards on 37 carries ... Duquesne's Connor Dixon was 21-of-46 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times ... Duquesne, despite being limited to 114 yards in the second half, outgained Albany 392-312 ... both teams lost a pair of fumbles.

RANDOM NOTES

  • Duquensne freshman Larry McCoy and Albany senior David McCarty enter the game tied for 17th nationally in rushing yards per game (97.8) ... McCarty was named NEC co-Offensive Player of the Week after running for 170 yards and two TD's in Albany's win at Saint Francis, Pa. ... McCoy was named the league's Rookie of the Week after gaining 107 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns in DU's win over Robert Morris
  • Duquesne, which ranks first in the NEC in yards per game (377.4 ypg.), has outgained all but one of its first five opponents
  • The Dukes have turned it over eight times in their three losses (two fumbles and an interception at Nicholls, two fumbles and two interceptions - all in the second half - at Monmouth and one pick at Dayton)
  • Nicholls State turned the game with a 63-yard TD run out of punt formation on a 4th-and-5 play with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter, while Monmouth returned an interception 65-yards for a score with 6:22 left in the third quarter for the game's final points
  • Albany, which has won a school record 10 in a row at home, owns one of the NEC's banner wins, a 20-16 home victory over nationally ranked Maine on Sept. 19.

ROBERT MORRIS LEFTOVERS

Duquesne now leads the all-time series 6-5 ... head coach Jerry Schmitt is now 4-1 vs. the Colonials ... the Dukes outgained Robert Morris 277-120 and held the Colonials to 0-of-7 on third down in the first half ... for the game, the Dukes enjoyed a 408-312 advantage in total yards ... Robert Morris was penalized 11 times for 107 yards, while Duquesne was flagged 11 times for 121 ... redshirt freshman Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Ga./George Wythe) posted his third 100-yard game of the season with 107 yards on 20 carries - including touchdown runs of 11 and 13 yards ... McCoy, who ran for 118 yards on 14 carries last week at Dayton, also had a 195-yard game at Nicholls State in week two ... junior Willie Milhouse (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone), who entered the season with two interceptions in 16 career games, picked off his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter ... his 22-yard return set up a Marek Lapinski touchdown that gave the Dukes a 14-0 lead ... redshirt freshman Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) made his DU debut in the second quarter and drove the Dukes 36 yards to the RMU one before Lapinski's score ... Patterson completed 1-of-2 passes for 11 yards and carried twice for 23 yards on the drive ... senior wideout Michael Rasky (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 25 with two receptions for 21 yards ... sophomore receiver Joe Cangilla (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton), who entered the game with two career receptions, caught two passes for 43 yards during the Dukes' third scoring drive ... he added a big 25-yard catch on 2nd-and-19 to keep DU's final scoring drive alive ... junior quarterback Connor Dixon (South Park, Pa./South Park) completed 19-of-31 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in his second start of the season ... junior Nathan Totino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-La Salle) led the Dukes with a game-high 13 tackles ... it was his 14th career double-digit tackle game ... he has 25 stops in DU's past two games.

RANDOM NOTES

  • Duquesne suffered a setback when preseason All-NEC tight end Sean Bunevich (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) was lost for the season following a non-contact knee injury suffered at practice on August 11 ... sophomore Brian Layhue (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon), who filled in when Bunevich injured the same knee late last season, was expected to inherit the starting TE spot until he was sidelined with a back injury (he is out indefinitely) ... first-year Lafayette transfer Adam Gill (South Park, Pa./South Park) has been seeing extended time at tight end
  • Promising sophomore receiver Akeem Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) is out for the season with internal injuries suffered on the first series at Nicholls State ... Moore who started 10 times in the defensive backfield as a freshman, had four catches in two games (20.4 ypc.) prior to the injury
  • Senior receiver Michael Rasky (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games ... Rasky, who posted his second career 100-yard day with six catches for 106 yards at Monmouth, has two TD receptions on the season
  • Half of DU's starting secondary is made up of newcomers ... JC transfer junior Justin Melhado (Ridgewater, Minn. Community College) is the starter at one cornerback spot with fellow junior Devin Duggan (Valley Forge, Pa. Military College) penciled in at free safety ... in addition, true freshman Derrick Lakins (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) is the starter at strong side linebacker
  • Redshirt freshman Larry McCoy's (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe) 195 yards rushing at Nicholls State on Sept. 12 were the most by a DU back since Mike Hilliard ran for a school record 323 yards vs. La Salle in 2003 ... McCoy leads the nation's FCS freshman with a 97.8 yards per game rushing average (17th nationally)
  • First-year defensive coordinator Ollie Phillips left the team (personal reasons) the week of the Nicholls State game ... Phillips has been replaced by veteran Dick Hopkins ... Hopkins, who was brought in to work with the defensive backs, brings nearly 30 years of college coaching experience to the DU sidelines ... Hopkins, who was a quarterback/tight end at Florida State in the early 1970's, has coached at 11 different schools since 1981 including Duke (1981-82), Cinicnnati (1983), Rice (1984-85) and Vanderbilt (1986-88) among others.

THE REAL McCOY

Redshirt freshman Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe), a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week, leads the Dukes with 489 yards rushing. The 5-11, 215-pound Virginia native has topped the 100-yard mark three times with 195 on 34 carries at Nicholls State, 118 on 14 totes at Dayton and 107 on 20 rushes vs. Robert Morris. McCoy's 195 yards were the most by a Dukes' back since Mike Hilliard rushed for a school record 323 yards against La Salle in 2003. McCoy, who broke loose for a 67-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage at Dayton, topped the 100-yard mark in the second quarter. McCoy, who was named Rookie of the Week after the Nicholls State and Robert Morris games, enters the Albany game ranked tied for 17th nationally with a 97.8 yards per game average. His yards per game average is the best of any freshman at the NCAA FCS level. McCoy is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.


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