More On Dukes' Win Over Dayton

Alex Roberson

Duquesne didn't have things going their way Saturday. Mark Troyan missed two straight first half field goal attempts. The offense only gained 22 yards in the third quarter. Then, things changed big time with DU scoring 14 unanswered points for their second win of the season.

Some notes on today's game:

  • Dayton had a 10-game winning streak coming into Saturday's game.
  • Today's win ties the series, which dates back to 1920, at 3-3. The teams had split the previous two games in this century.
  • Alex Roberson was called for holding on the penultimate play of DU's first fourth quarter scoring drive. That negated Connor Dixon's one yard TD run. Dixon and Roberson teamed up for an 11-yard score on the next play.
  • Dayton had held its opponents to 52.7 yards per game, seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision. Duquesne gained 123, 103 by Cleodis Williams' for his first career 100-yard game.
  • A pair of punts by Josh Brisk were downed at the four-yard and the one-yard lines. One of Brisk's punts was partially blocked by Dayton's A.J. Kaltenbach. It went 16 yards. Brisk averaged 44.8 yards on the day.
  • Duquesne picked up another redzone interception. This one was by Bill Poletti at DU's one-yard line with 13 seconds left in the first half.
  • Chidozie Oparanozie, the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, recovered an unforced fumble by Justin Millio.
  • Dayton frequently lined up with two quarterbacks with Steve Valentino joining started QB Rob Florian in the back field. Valentino ran the ball four times for a net of 11 yards.
  • Duquesne was pulled offsides three times, Dayton once. The Flyers' happened on a fourth-and-one at UD's two-yard line and DU up by one. The result was a first down. Dixon scored two plays later.
  • The Jeff Sagarin ratings have Dayton at number 176 with a 45.50 rating. Duquesne is #220 / 30.86. Using Sagarin's homefield advantage numbers, Dayton was favored by close to 12 points.
  • Dayton may have been wondering if the world was against them. Rain started on their fourth quarter drive that started after Duquesne had gone up by one point. Tyler Scruggs's blocked punt ended that series.
  • Scruggs had been on the West Virginia baseball team for the last two years. He transferred to Duquesne along with ex-South Park H.S. teammate Dixon. Scruggs played in six games as a redshirt freshman catcher last season.
  • Both teams play their other sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Their initials mirror each other (DU/UD) and the colors for both are red and blue. Dayton wore all-white today; Duquesne white pants and blue jerseys with red accents.

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