PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Niel Loebig threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to
Bruce Hocker and Duquesne's defense yielded just 110 yards as the
Dukes beat Marist 7-3 on Saturday.
Duquesne (5-2, 3-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) has now
won 15 in a row at home and 32 straight conference games.
Marist (3-5, 3-1) entered the game tied for first in the
conference, but left Rooney Field averaging just 1.9 yards on each
of its 59 plays. Marist punted on seven of eight drives from the
beginning of the second quarter through the beginning of the
fourth. The other ended on the Duquesne 48, a 9-play, 30-yard
affair interrupted by halftime.
But for all that futility, Marist led for most of the game.
Duquesne took the opening kickoff but punted after going
three-and-out on its opening drive. Marist then drove 58 yards on
13 plays and scored on Brad Rowe's 29-yard field goal at 7:04 of
the first quarter.
Duquesne struggled in the first half because of turnovers.
After punting on it second possession, Duquesne then lost the
ball on an interception, two fumbles and another punt in the first
half. One fumble ended a 7-play, 50-yard drive that saw the Dukes
reach the Marist 34.
Duquesne had its first real scoring chance 10 seconds into the
fourth quarter, but John Harris missed a 22-yard field goal after
an 11-play, 70 yard drive.
Marist went three-and-out on its next possession, losing 9 yards
and having to punt from its own 2. Duquesne took over on the 32 and
Loebig's scoring pass capped a 3-play scoring drive.
Marist got the ball twice more before the game ended, but punted
after just four plays and then lost the ball on downs after four
more plays with just 1:12 left in the game. Duquesne took over on
Marist's 1-yard-line, but Loebig took a knee twice and ran out the