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Subject: Dukes Pummel St. Francis 41-14 - Bits from the Blog


Author:
Coffee
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 10:48:20am

After giving up an early lead to St. Francis, thi game quickly became a highlight reel of big play offense for the Dukes. The stats speak for themselves as Duquesne opened conference play on TV and under the lights by racking up 553 Total yards. They could have had considerably more had they not started taking out their starters in the 3rd quarter.

Even with the show of offensive fire power, the biggest statistic of the night was contributed by the Duquesne defense in holding the nation’s leading Division I rusher Kyle Harbridge to just 76 yards and under 4 yards per carry. Last week Harnridge had a record-setting, 346 yards against Moorhead State. Amazingly, Harbridge wasn’t heavily recruited and had to make the team as a walk-on. Coming into the game he was ahead of South Carolina’s Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Lattimore with Duquesne’s Larry McCoy in 6th place nationally. Harbridge and Lattimore had been the only backs to pass 500 yards before yesterday’s game.

McCoy joined the 500 Club adding 153 yards to his new total of 542 before being taken out in the 3rd quarter. Opening up a lead took St. Francis out of their offensive game plan to lean on their star running back.

Duquesne showed a very balanced attack with 263 total yards running and 290 yards passing. Sean Patterson personally typified the balance with 290 yards through the air and another 75 rushing yards. This was even without rushing/receiving combo back Bill Bair who was held out of the game. It took Graduate student Conner Dixon only 4 receptions to reach 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. Isaac Spragg added 4 receptions and a TD while TE Brian Layhue pulled in the other touchdown pass of 17 yards. It almost seemed unfair as last minute substitute freshman cornerback Calvin Bane was mercilessly targeted early and often by the Dukes, particularly by Dixon who was more than a half foot taller.

Punter/Kicker Charlie Leventry continues to gain confidence as he gave Duquesne an early 6-0 lead before St. Francis took it’s only lead 7-6 after a muffed punt to give a short field TD. Leventry barely missed a try from 50 yards which would have been the longest recorded field goal for the Dukes. Leventry didn’t have much practice with his other duties. Read the entire article at duesnesports.blogspot.com/

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Fr. Straub
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 12:07:55pm

Great game Dukes. I really have to hand it to the folks who run St. Francis' program. They offered a fantastic atmosphere. Del Gol Stadium is a great upgrade from the Pine Bowl. For its size, this school runs a great D-I program. This was college football at its best for this level no matter what the score.

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Marquis
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 12:12:40pm

I really hate to sound negative after a great game but compare this headline and article in the Washington Post with what we got from the Trib and the Post Gazette, our home town papers- http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/patterson-passes-for-4-touchdowns-to-help-duquesne-rout-st-francis-pa-41-14/2011/09/24/gIQAbvKnuK_story.html

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[> Subject: Re: Dukes Pummel St. Francis 41-14 - Bits from the Blog


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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 12:17:59pm

I made the trip up to Loretto last night. What a beautiful night for football. I was told that it was the largest crowd at DeGol Field and by the way...what a nice field it is. It makes me envious.

Isaac Spragg told me that there was alot of taunting before the game and that the Frankies were talking about another beat-down like 2009. Well....they got one!

The defense was outstanding. Our line had penetration all night long. Our linebackers were like wild dogs in their pursuit of Kyle Harbridge and knocked their QB, John Kelly from the game. Dave Opfar was really into it as he coached the kids up from start to finish. Mike Passodelis was a mountain up front and Oliver, Latimer and Oparanozie seemed to be all over the field. With the addition of Dorian Bell, this group will be very, VERY tough.

Sean Patterson is becoming a very fine QB. In the past, I thought Sean was too quick to pull the ball down and take off with it. This year, he is stepping up in the pocket, buying time and extending plays. His passes are crisp and precise, especially his deep balls to Connor Dixon.

And let me say this about Dixon....I think he is the X-factor on this team. Opposing teams MUST account for him. He is too big and too fast to go man. (the frankies found that out early) If you double him, Larry McCoy will run wild and Spragg, Layhue et al will pick you apart. (the frankies found that out as well)

It was nice to see Charlie connect on a couple of lengthy field goals. His first few kickoffs were short but they got much better as the game wore on.

In the end, it was an impressive win to open the NEC slate.

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Coffee
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 01:37:59pm

Nice Summary Tom. This trip was Western PA's best kept sports secret. I can't imagine a better drive and game. Was there a tailgate area?

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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 25, 02:55:41pm

Yes there was Coffee. A few nice trailers and plenty of Duke's fans. I have to say that the St. Francis fans are very gracious hosts and had a large student section....something for our kids to emulate.

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