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Date Posted: 23:48:33 09/23/01 Sun
Author: duden
Subject: Duquesne press release - Butler becomes third victim in 2001 Dukes run

1. Game Summary
3. Game Notes
4. Player of the Week Nominees

Sept. 22, Butler Bowl, Indianapolis, Ind.
Records: Duquesne (3-0, 1-0); Butler (1-2)
partly cloudy - 70 degrees

An opportunistic Duquesne offense turned three of four Butler turnovers
into touchdowns in a 33-23 win at Indianapolis. The victory extended DU’s
NCAA Division I-AA-long win streak to nine games. An inspired Butler team,
playing before a Homecoming crowd of 6,127, scored first when Mario Brocchi
capped a 14-play, 53-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal at the 9:30 mark
of the second quarter. On Butler’s next possession, Duquesne middle
linebacker James Antinopoulos stepped in front of a DeWayne Ewing pass and
returned it to the Duquesne 38. Seven plays later, DU’s redshirt freshman
quarterback Niel Loebig connected on the first of four touchdown passes on
the day – this one a 12-yarder to Jeremy Conley. With just under two
minutes left in the half, Duquesne’s Jerry Troop recovered a Butler fumble
at the Bulldogs 12-yard line setting up another Loebig-to-Conley 12-yard
scoring pass. The Dukes saw their 14-3 lead shrink to five when Brocchi
connected on a pair of third-quarter field goals, the second coming from 30
yards out with 6:30 to go. Duquesne took over on its 20-yard line and
handed off twice to Donte Small before Loebig found Randy Vulakovich for a
67-yard, catch-and-run touchdown to put the game out of reach. Three
minutes later, Loebig hit Conley for a 19-yard score to put the Dukes up
26-9 at the end of three quarters. Josh Rue finished the scoring for
Duquesne with a 16-yard run that capped a seven-play, 66-yard drive.
Loebig finished the game 20-of-41 for 279 yards and four touchdowns.
Conley (6-82-3) and Vulakovich (6-101-1) led DU’s receivers with six
catches each. Duquesne’s defense held Butler’s DeWayne Ewing to 211 yards
on the afternoon. Ewing, who entered the game with a Butler career-record
6,119 yards passing, went 20-of-37, was intercepted once and sacked six
times. Trent Wissner led the Dukes’ defensive charge with a game-high 12

DUQUESNE 0 14 12 7 33
BUTLER 0 3 6 14 22

Rushing (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Rue (9-68-1); BU - Hall (20-60-0)
Passing (Att./Comp./Int./Yds./TD): DU - Loebig (41-20-2-279-4); BU -
Ewing (37-20-1-211-0)
Receiving (Att./Yds./TD): DU - Vulakovich (6-101-1); BU - Derickson (7-88-0)
Tackles (Tot./Solo): DU - Wissner (12/8); BU - Mann (8/8)


Duquesne Head Coach Greg Gattuso: “Niel had some rough moments today. He
took some big hits, but then he started making some big throws. Against
Saint Peter’s (two weeks ago) he started to struggle and couldn’t snap out
of it. I think he took a real step forward today. He’s making good progress.
“I really think our offense underestimated Butler’s defense. I thought
Butler played well on defense. They took a lot of things away from us.
“We have a lot of guys on the shelf right now with injuries. And people
don’t realize that we’re still a very young team. On our last two drives
of the game, our offensive line was made up of one senior, one junior and
three freshmen.”
On being the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA I-AA Mid-Major: “Its very
difficult every week when you’re getting every team’s ‘A’ game. I know
that with Dayton and Georgetown coming up next our guys will be focused.”

Quarterback Niel Loebig: “We were able to come through at key times. Our
receivers are unbelievable. They just tell me to throw the ball up and
they’ll go get it. The play to Vulakovich (67-yard TD) was something we
worked on all week. It was the first time we ran it in this game. We were
able to hit it and Randy made a hell of a run.”

Receiver Jeremy Conley: “We prepared for this game the way we prepare for
every game. A lot of different receivers made nice catches. I thought
Niel played real well.”


Receiver Jeremy Conley (Pittsburgh, Pa./Allderdice) caught six passes for
82 yards and a career-high three touchdowns (12, 12, 19) ... Conley now has
six TD catches in Duquesne’s first three games ... Randy Vulakovich
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler) notched his second career 100-yard receiving game
with 6 catches for 101 yards including a career-long 67-yard TD catch ...
redshirt freshman quarterback Niel Loebig (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette),
who was making just his third career appearance – and start, completed
20-of-41 passes for 279 yards and 4 TDs (12, 12, 67, 19) ... Loebig now has
8 touchdown passes in three games ... six different Dukes caught passes on
the afternoon ... Butler’s DeWayne Ewing, who entered the game with a
Butler career record 6,119 passing yards was limited to 211 yards by the
Dukes defense ... for the game Ewing was 20-of-37 with one interception and
no touchdowns ... Ewing was sacked a total of six times by six different
Duquesne players ... linebacker Trent Wissner (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk)
led the DU defense with a game-high 12 tackles ... it was the second
double-digit tackle outing of the season for Wissner ... the victory
extended Duquesne’s winning streak to nine games ... it is the longest
current win streak in NCAA Division I-AA.


JEREMY CONLEY, JR., WR, 6-2, 215, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Allderdice)
Caught six passes for 82 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in
Duquesne’s 33-23 win at Butler ... the 6-2, 215-pound junior caught a pair
of 12-yard TD passes in the first quarter and added a 19-yard score to put
the Dukes up 26-9 late in the third quarter ... Conley, who leads the Dukes
with 16 catches for 285 yards, has six touchdown receptions in three games.

TRENT WISSNER, JR., LB, 5-11, 225, Beaver Falls, Pa. (Blackhawk)
Totaled a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo) in leading Duquesne to a 33-23 win
at Butler ... also recorded one sack (-6) and recovered a fumble ...
Wissner leads the Dukes with 33 tackles in three games.

NIEL LOEBIG, FR., QB, 6-3, 215, McDonald, Pa. (South Fayette)
Threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Dukes to a 33-23 win
at Butler ... the redshirt freshman completed 20-of-41 passes including
scoring strikes of 12, 12 and 19 yards to Jeremy Conley and 67 yards to
Randy Vulakovich ... Loebig has now thrown for at least two touchdowns in
each of his first three collegiate games.

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