Duquesne Dukes (6-1, 3-0 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (3-4, 1-1 NEC)
Saturday, Oct. 28 – 12 PM
Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart football team returns to Campus Field this Saturday, hosting the first-place Duquesne Dukes at Noon.
Youths 12 years old and under that come to Saturday's game in their Halloween costume will receive $1 admission, and can be in a costume parade during the game.
Last Time Out...
The Pioneers snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a 21-14 win at Robert Morris. SHU scored all 21 of its points in the fourth quarter, as Khaamal Whitaker scored the game-winning touchdown on a 46-yard interception return with 0:12 left. The Pioneers outgained the Colonials 348-249, and held Robert Morris to 3-for-14 on third down. Kevin Duke was 15-of-24 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown. Byron Barney had a career-high 135 receiving yards on nine catches. He found himself on the receiving end of Duke's 19-yard touchdown pass with 6:39 to play that tied the game 14-14. Jordan Meachum led SHU with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. Joshua Turner and CJ Parvelus each had 10 tackles to lead the SHU defense. Turner also blocked two punts.
- Khaamal Whitaker and Joshua Turner earned NEC weekly honors on Monday. Whitaker was named Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles and two interceptions in last week's win at Robert Morris. Turner earned Rookie of the Week accolades after having 10 tackles, a sack, a pass breakup, and two blocked punts.
- In the last four games, senior wide receiver Byron Barney has 30 receptions for 444 yards and three touchdowns. He had a career-high 135 receiving yards last week at Robert Morris.
- Linebacker CJ Parvelus has had double-digit tackles in each of the last four games.
- SHU is among the top-20 in the FCS in both third down defense (15th – 31%) and total defense (19th – 308.3 yards per game).
SHU vs. Duquesne…
The Series: Sacred Heart and Duquesne meet for the 13th time Saturday. The Dukes lead the series 8-4 and have won the last two games.
Last Meeting: A pair of A.J. Hines rushing touchdowns in the first half staked Duquesne to a 14-3 halftime lead on the Pioneers on Nov. 12, 2016, as Duquesne rolled to a 31-10 win over SHU. The Pioneers were held to 93 passing yards and 225 yards of total offense as the Dukes forced three turnovers. Hines had a game-high 86 rushing yards as Dillon Buechel threw for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Scouting the Dukes: The preseason favorites to win the NEC, Duquesne moved to 3-0 in the conference last Saturday with a 24-7 win over preseason #2 Saint Francis U. After the Red Flash took an early 7-0 lead, the Dukes scored 24 unanswered points in the first half. Duquesne's defense held Saint Francis U to 30 rushing yards and 153 yards of total offense while racking up 377 offensive yards. Quarterback Tommy Stuart threw for 142 yards and a touchdown, and added a rushing score. A.J. Hines rushed for 123 yards on 28 carries. The Dukes have won six straight games since a season-opening loss at then-#4 South Dakota State.