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
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
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.