FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart football team fell to 1-2 in the Northeast Conference after a 37-21 loss to the Duquesne Dukes at Campus Field.
Duquesne – 7-1, 4-0 NEC
Sacred Heart – 3-5, 1-2 NEC
The Turning Point
After a pair of John Domit field goals gave Duquesne a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, the Pioneers tied the game with an eight-play, 73-yard drive. Senior quarterback Kevin Duke punctuated the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was missed. The Dukes then rattled off 28 straight points. A.J. Hines scored three consecutive rushing touchdowns, with his 26-yard touchdown run at the 9:52 mark of the third giving Duquesne a 34-6 lead.
How They Scored
3:49 1Q – Duquesne 3, SHU 0; The Dukes settled for a 41-yard Domit field goal after a Max Trudeau pressure of Tommy Stuart forced a fourth down.
1:15 1Q – Duquesne 6, SHU 0; Duquesne turned a fumble recovery into another Domit field goal, this time from 31 yards.
13:45 2Q – SHU 6, Duquesne 6; Duke's one-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play drive that drew the Pioneers even.
12:14 2Q – Duquesne 13, SHU 6; The Dukes answered the SHU touchdown with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Stuart to Nehari Crawford.
8:58 2Q – Duquesne 20, SHU 6; Hines' first touchdown run of the game capped a six-play, 54-yard drive that took 1:45.
1:38 2Q – Duquesne 27, SHU 6; Two plays after a 34-yard completion by Stuart to Crawford, Hines scored on a two-yard touchdown carry.
9:52 3Q – Duquesne 34, SHU 6; On third-and-two from the SHU 26, Hines scored his third touchdown of the day to put the exclamation point on a 10-play, 74-yard drive.
14:07 4Q – Duquesne 34, SHU 13; SHU's rally to get back in the game started with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Duke to Ezekiel Ennis.
9:04 4Q – Duquesne 37, SHU 13; The Dukes responded to the Pioneers' touchdown with a 38-yard field goal by Domit.
5:36 4Q – Duquesne 37, SHU 21; Duke's second touchdown pass of the day came on a 14-yard swing pass to Nate Chavious. The Pioneers then converted a two-point conversion as Duke found Andrew O'Neill in the end zone.
Key Stats and Notes
- Linebacker CJ Parvelus had a career-high 16 tackles. His previous high was 15 set last season against Saint Francis U. He has had double-digit tackles in five straight games.
- O'Neill had a season-high 100 receiving yards on six catches Saturday. It was O'Neill's second-career 100-yard game.
- Chavious rushed for 94 yards and had his second career touchdown reception.
- The Dukes held SHU to 3-of-10 on third down and 195 yards of total offense.
The Pioneers travel to Bryant on Nov. 4 for a 12 p.m. game. Next week's game will be televised on ESPN3.