October 16, 2011

Dukes Team Up on CCSU 28-21

Duquesne's win over the NEC's pre-season favorite Central Connecticut was an odd one.

• Larry McCoy didn't get 100 yards.
• Conner Dixon didn't catch a touchdown.
• The defense gave up almost 400 yards.
• Sean Patterson didn't throw for 200 yards.
• Duquesne was out-gained on the ground and through the air.
• CCSU held the ball for over 38 minutes

When the Dukes win, they usually pile up the huge statistical lead that led them to be fourth in the nation in both total offense and total defense before hitting a brick wall at Albany. Duquesne has routinely lost games over the past few years where they won the battle of the statistics such as the season opener at Bucknell.

Although the defense allowed almost 400 yards, they did what it took at the time it needed to. This game could have been another agonizing close loss had it not taken the ball away at Duquesne's 10 yard line when Alden Sutton recovered a Debenendittis fumble forced by Jared Willims. Sean Patterson was the back who actually did gain over 100 yards with his clutch 42 yard run and then a 4 yarder to finish off a 90 yard drive for the game's final game winning TD. McCoy came close with 97 yards on only 18 carries.

To finally get to the point, the Dukes won a game that took more than gaudy stats to win. They found a way to win from a team that had real talent. They did what it took to take a game when they had to show more than their talent. Other than Charlie Leventry's 47 yards per punt this was a pretty neat team victory where no individual stood out but all pulled together to do what it took. But even Leventry didn't have to kick a field goal to do it.

NOTES: This was Duquesne's first win against CCSU, going 0-4 in all other meetings.

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