Duquesne 56

(6-2, 3-2 away)

La Salle 35

(3-7, 1-4 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
DUQ 7 14 21 1456
LAS 0 28 0 735

Top Performers

Passing: M. Jump (LAS) - 32 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Jacobs (DUQ) - 15 CAR, 157 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Hocker (DUQ) - 4 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Duquesne 56, La Salle 35

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- James Jacobs ran for three touchdowns and Niel Loebig passed for four scores to lead Duquesne to a 56-35 win over La Salle on Saturday.

Jacobs rushed for 157 yards on just 15 carries and Loebig completed 13 of 27 passes for 204 yards as Duquesne (6-2, 4-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) outscored La Salle 42-7 after spotting the Explorers a 28-14 lead with 8:11 to go in the second quarter.

Vernard Abrams threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns of his own and also led La Salle (3-7, 1-3) with 91 yards on the ground. Abrams even saw time at safety in what was his final collegiate start.

The Dukes, who had already clinched their sixth straight MAAC title, found themselves down early after Abrams threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ken Triboletti and one to Greg Vaccaro. But Jacobs capped a five-play, 61-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:20 to go in the first half that pulled Duquesne to 28-21 at the break.

The Dukes tied the game with a 63-yard run by Jacobs at the start of the second half. La Salle mounted a drive in response, but Michael Ford picked off a pass by Abrams and raced 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Later in the quarter, Ford forced a fumble that set up Loebig's fourth touchdown pass, a 15-yarder that gave the Dukes 42-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Abrams threw a touchdown pass to John Zabel at the start of the fourth quarter, but Jacobs' final touchdown run and a 3-yard run by Jeremy McCullough capped the scoring.

La Salle's Michael Jump tossed a 28-yard touchdown to Lou Russo in the second quarter. The two teams combined for more than 900 yards of total offense.