PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Iona blocked an extra point and intercepted
three passes to set up all three of their scores to upset Duquesne
17-13 on Saturday.
Iona (3-5, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) trailed early
as Duquesne (6-3, 2-1) took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards
on seven plays. Scott Knapp threw 10 yards to Bruce Hocker to put
Duquesne up 7-0 less than three minutes into the game.
Iona answered with two Dane Samuels touchdowns, the first of
which came late in the first quarter and was set up by Jonathan
Saez's interception of a Knapp pass. Iona drove 36 yards on five
plays, with Samuels scoring on a 7-yard run to make it 7-7.
Early in the second quarter, Herschel Rawls picked off another
Knapp pass and returned it 8 yards to the Duquesne 13. Iona scored
three plays later when Samuels caught a 5-yard pass from Dustin
Croick to make it 14-7.
Duquesne had a chance to tie the game, when the Dukes drove 59
yards on six plays late in the first half and scored on Knapp's
29-yard pass to Hocker. But Mark Troyan's extra point was blocked
and Iona still led, 14-13.
Much of the second half was played during or after a torrential
rain and both teams struggled to move the ball.
When Iona finally scored it was, again, set up by a Knapp
Andrew Lipski intercepted the pass at Duquesne's 43 and returned
it 19 yards. Iona gained only seven yards on the next three plays
and settled for a 35-yard field goal by Chris Lofrese with 2:26
Duquesne drove to the Iona 20, but Knapp's final pass -- his 55th
of the day -- fell incomplete to Hocker on a 4th-and-16 on the
game's final play.