The Dukes, who trailed 20-7 just after the start of the 4th quarter, upped their record to 5-3, 3-2 in the conference. This is the first time Duquesne has broken .500 in league play since joining the NEC three years ago.
Duquesne had to overcome four fumbles, the first on the second play of the game, in besting Wagner which is now 4-3, 2-2 in the NEC.
Sophomore Sean Patterson completed 16 of 31 passes for 209 yards and all three DU scores. Senior wideouts Connor Dixon (1) and Dave Williams (2), both Michigan State transfers, caught the TD throws.
Sophomore Larry McCoy gained 131 yards on 29 carries and is 30 yards of his first 1,000 yard season.
The Red & Blue scored first as Patterson hit Dixon, last season's starting quarterback, on a 13-yard toss that capped a 12-play, 83-yard drive with 8:34 left in the opening period. Wagner answered just over four minutes later on QB Nick Doscher's two-yard run. The game was tied 7-7 at the half.
The Seahawks scored 13 straight points in the second half via Dorcher's 11-yard throw to David Crawford, and a pair of David Lopez field goals from 25 and 29 yards, respectively. The last field goal came with 14:51 remaining in the game.
Patterson took just two minutes to get the deficit cut to six points on a 15-yard pass to Williams. The visitors started their third fourth quarter series 98 yards from the goal line with 6:08 remaining.
The drive highlights, a 10-yard run by McCoy, Dixon's 20-yard catch, redshirt sophomore Akeem Moore's 16-yard reception, and Patterson's 39-yard pass to Williams, put the Dukes on the Wagner 17. Three plays later the pair combined for the final score with 1:41 left to play. Sophomore Eric Duale's third extra point of the day gave the Dukes a one-point lead; Duale is a perfect 22-22 in 2010.
Wagner's final series, which hit midfield, was ended when senior Wade Powell intercepted Doscher's 4th-down toss with 40 seconds remaining.
Senior linebacker Nathan Totino, the Dukes leading tackler for the second straight year, had 12 takedowns including a sack. Junior defensive end Alex Inda added 10 tackles, also including a sack.
Dorscher, who also ran for a net 68 yards (two 8-yard sacks deducted from 84 total), connected on just 8-of-26 for 150 yards.
The Dukes will be in Pittsburgh next weekend when they take on cross-town rival, and league leading, Robert Morris in a TV-game on Fox College Sports at 12 noon on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The 6-1 Colonials, who are 5-0 in the NEC, were idle this week.