Iona 14

(0-5, 0-3 away)

Duquesne 42

(3-2, 2-0 home)

1:30 PM ET, October 9, 2004

Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field, Pittsburgh, PA

1 2 3 4 T
IONA 0 0 7 714
DUQ 0 21 7 1442

Top Performers

Passing: M. Biehl (IONA) - 174 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Jacobs (DUQ) - 14 CAR, 49 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Spriggs (DUQ) - 7 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Duquesne 42, Iona 14

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Jacobs ran for three touchdowns, but Duquesne was really led by a 10-sack effort from its defense in holding Iona to minus-9 yards rushing in a 42-14 victory on Saturday.

Duquesne (3-2, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) has now won 30 consecutive conference games dating to a 62-50 loss at Iona in 1999. The Dukes entered the game ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major poll and figure to move up with No. 2 Robert Morris losing 34-21 to Central Connecticut State.

Iona (0-5, 0-2) quarterback Michael Biehl managed just 174 yards passing, hitting 13 of 30 passes with two interceptions. Biehl's rushing total, minus-78 yards, canceled out the 78 yards that Iona's leading rusher Rudy Arcara managed on 22 carries.

Six Duquesne defenders sacked Biehl, led by Ryan Tolan with three sacks.

Duquesne led 21-0 at halftime.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jacobs capped a 10-play, 56-yard drive with a 3-yard run. He would add scoring runs of 4 and 1 yards in the fourth quarter and finish with 49 yards on 14 carries. Duquesne also scored on a 1-yard run by Michael Constantine and a 15-yard pass from Niel Loebig to Dan Spriggs before the half.

Arcara scored on a 45-yard run six minutes into the third quarter. Jeremy McCullough answered with a 29-yard score for Duquesne, at the end of a 10-play, 79-yard drive. McCullough led all rushers with 117 yards on 16 carries.

Loebig was 19-for-36 and 241 yards with one interception. Spriggs led all receivers with both 7 catches and 71 yards.

Duquesne's defensive dominance enabled the Dukes to outgain Iona by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, 490 yards to 165.