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Subject: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 09:24:54pm

Good Things:

The Dukes' Two-Minute Offense

The Dukes' Never-Say-Die attitude

Larry McCoy

The Dukes' steadily improving Offensive Line

Eric Duale's FG consistency

The defense's growing ability to adjust and adapt

The Dukes' Kickoff Return team (and Freshman Ryan Ho)

Sean Patterson's confidence

Freshman Aaron Fleck and the improving Punt team

Coach Schmitt's patience with our QB

The Dukes' receiving corps

The Dukes' defense gang-tackling


Not-So-Good Things:

The Dukes' Red-Zone offense

Sean Patterson's unpredicability / accuracy issues

Eric Duale's kickoffs

Rushing defense still a work-in-progress

While improving, the Dukes' Punting game still needs work

Stupid penalties

Mental lapses in the defensive backfield


All that said...

Trying to put "homerism" aside, I TRULY feel that the Dukes can win each and every one of their upcoming games and finish the season at 8-3. Not only "can" win.... but WILL win. The Robert Morris game will be the toughest test, but I know the boys will be more than ready for whatever Bobby Mo throws at them.

No game in the NEC is a "gimme" this year, but I believe that the Dukes will go out and take them!

GO DUKES!

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[> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Shoey
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 09:56:08pm

Curious- I am right on with you.
This team although talented is still learning how to win at the NEC level and almost fought their way to overtime at a place where CCSU almost never loses.After the Monmouth debacle the last thing they needed was a kick out of bounds to give CCSU momentum and the here we go again funk from last week to start the game.
Larry Mccoy has been amazing and kept us in the game. Patterson showed character after having sub par game and leading us on 90 yard drive with no timeouts. Obviously he is not 100 per cent and I was happy to see him in uniform. I was told he may not make trip due to a death in his family. Congrats to the defense for hanging in there after a slow start.
I am very optimistic about the rest of the season and next week is a MUST win game. The winner of the NEC will have two losses in my opinion.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 10:40:19pm

Well said friends. CCSU is a tough place to play. You just can't kick the ball out of bounds on the opening kickoff, take an unsportsmanlike call when you stopped them inside the 5 giving them a new set of downs and then go three and out on your first possession.

Sean's leg must still be bothering him as many balls sailed on him. I'm sure that will change as he heals. Sacred Heart is coming in at a good time....I hope.

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[> [> [> Subject: The Sports Network story


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 09, 11:35:12pm

http://64.246.64.33/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/news/news.aspx?id=4347713

Central Connecticut State fends off Duquesne
By Andrew Gaddess, FCS Assistant

New Britain, CT (Sports Network) - Central Connecticut State overcame a late rally and a career day by Duquesne running back Larry McCoy to pull out a 31-29 win Saturday at Arute Field.

Trailing 31-23 with 1:37 remaining, quarterback Sean Patterson led the Dukes on a 12-play, 89-yard drive, culminating in a five-yard touchdown pass to Dave Williams in the back of the end-zone.

The Dukes successful two-point conversion attempt was called back however, as it was determined that receiver Akeem Moore stepped out of bounds before hauling in the game-tying pass.

The Dukes frantic comeback attempt was largely made possible by McCoy's outstanding effort.

"We had him in the backfield and he would break a couple of tackles, and that's just what good backs do," said Central Connecticut State defensive back Dominique Rose. "I salute him for that, but we've got to pick it up with our tackling."

McCoy carried the ball 24 times for 246 yards and a touchdown. The total was a career best for McCoy and the fifth-highest in the history of Duquesne football.

McCoy's effort, while brilliant, should be placed in perspective. Central Connecticut State entered today's game ranked No. 101 in the FCS in rushing defense, allowing 196.2 yards per game.

"We took a step back today," said Central Connecticut State coach Jeff McInerney, when asked about the run defense. "We've got a lot of work to do...Give (Duquesne) credit, but we've got to get better if we want to win a championship."

Despite its struggles against the run, Central Connecticut State now stands at 4-2 (3-0 NEC) and appears poised to make a run at the conference's first-ever automatic playoff bid.

"I think the automatic bid is so wonderful for our conference," said McInerney. "There is more at stake, but I don't think that changes any way the way both teams compete on the field. That's just NEC football, we play in a lot of close ones and fortunately we've been on the good side more than the bad side."

Following a bye week, the Blue Devils must endure a ferocious NEC stretch in order to secure that automatic bid.

"When you've got Albany, Wagner, Robert Morris on the road, Monmouth on the road, and back here for senior day and St. Francis, I'm going to say that is pretty tough," said McInerney.

The game at Robert Morris on Nov. 6 may prove to be the Blue Devil's toughest NEC test, and will surely hold severe playoff implications.

Robert Morris is currently tied with Central Connecticut State atop the NEC standings, and has lost just one game since falling to the Blue Devils on Oct. 10, 2009.

The Colonials will surely have the teams previous encounter, as well as the automatic playoff bid in mind.

Still, if the Blue Devils can sure up their faulty run defense, they should be capable of overcoming Robert Morris and the rest of the conference in what is truly a historic year for the NEC.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Duke fan 1
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 10, 02:44:50pm

well, tough way to lose, after such a desperate but impressive last drive. My question is - was Williams REALLY out of bounds? Or was he right on the line? Sour grapes maybe ...but I think that was a cheap call.

Let's hope the rest of the games go our way. Go Dukes!!!

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[> Subject: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 14, 12:46:47am

Have things changed since October 10?

Let's see...

Good Things:

The Dukes' Two-Minute Offense - CHECK

The Dukes' Never-Say-Die attitude - CHECK

Larry McCoy - CHECK!

The Dukes' steadily improving Offensive Line - CHECK

Eric Duale's FG consistency - CHECK

The defense's growing ability to adjust and adapt - CHECK

The Dukes' Kickoff Return team (and Freshman Ryan Ho) - CHECK

Sean Patterson's confidence - CHECK

Freshman Aaron Fleck and the improving Punt team - minor check

Coach Schmitt's patience with our QB - CHECK

The Dukes' receiving corps - CHECK, CHECK, & CHECK!

The Dukes' defense gang-tackling - CHECK

ADD: Linebackers - particularly Totino and Kona


Not-So-Good Things:

The Dukes' Red-Zone offense - CHECK

Sean Patterson's unpredicability / accuracy issues - CHECK

Eric Duale's kickoffs - CHECK

Rushing defense still a work-in-progress - CHECK

While improving, the Dukes' Punting game still needs work - CHECK

Stupid penalties - CHECK!!!

Mental lapses in the defensive backfield - eh... not as much of an issue later in the season

ADD: Punt Returns

While I'm disappointed with the loss to Robert Morris; the oh-so-close defeat in New Britain; and the total collapse in the Homecoming game; I feel that the Dukes have arrived and the NEC has taken notice! Duquesne's next conference championship and first playoff appearance will arrive much sooner than later!

GO DUKES!

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[> [> Subject: Re: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
moe
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 14, 08:44:50am

I agree with your add-on. Totino and Kona have done a great job. I think the whole defense has done a great job this season. Opfar is an upliftng addition to the coaching staff.

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[> [> Subject: Re: REDUX: Good Things vs. Not-So-Good Things


Author:
moe
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Date Posted: Monday, November 15, 11:39:50am

I just want to wish the Dukes good luck in their last season game. Finishing 3rd in the conference would be great.
GO DUKES!!!

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