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
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
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.