Pittsburgh, PA - The Sacred Heart Pioneers were dealt a 35-3 Northeast Conference loss at Duquesne University Saturday afternoon on Arthur J. Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pioneers struggled offensively and a few special teams mistakes proved costly in falling to 2-5 and 1-4 in the NEC. Duquesne improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Sacred Heart generated just 215 yards of total offense, tallying only 13 total first downs. Junior quarterback Tim Little (Egg Harbor, Twp.,NJ) was 15 of 27 for 111 yards with two interceptions. Sophomore running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) ran for 72 yards on 17 carries. Junior running back Greg Moore (Newark, NJ) led the Pioneers in receiving with five receptions for 36 yards. Defensively, Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) led the way with nine tackles while Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) had eight total tackles.
For the Dukes quarterback Sean Patterson led the way with five total touchdowns, three on the ground and two through the air. He finished with 52 net rushing yards and was 10 of 19 for 156 yards passing. Senior running back Larry McCoy led Duquesne running the football with 93 yards on 22 carries.
Wide out Gianni Carter caught both touchdowns for the Dukes amassing 86 receiving yards on the day. Duquesne had a stellar performance defensively by junior linebacker Dorian Bell, who had 14 total tackles, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception on the day. Bell was all over the field for the Dukes and harassed the Pioneers all day.
The game was scoreless through the first quarter and beyond before the Dukes got on the board with a Patterson run to take the 7-0 lead with 12:58 left in the second quarter. The Pioneers put their only points on the board with 48 seconds left to cut the score to 7-3 on a Chris Rogers (Cazenovia, NY) 18-yard field goal.
With great field position after a short kick-off for the Pioneers the Dukes came right back with a 44 yard pass from Patterson to Carter with only seven seconds left in the half to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.
In the second half things seemed to unravel quickly for the Pioneers. The half started off strong with a drive to the six-yard line of Duquesne but ended with Rogers missing a 23-yard field goal.
After the missed field goal the Dukes would go on an impressive three minute drive to take a 21-3 lead with 6:23 left in the third quarter. Patterson faked the hand-off to McCoy took it into the end zone from 15-yards out. Patterson would fake it again to McCoy with 3:58 left in the third quarter, this time running it in from 44-yards out to take a 28-3 lead.
The Dukes would add to their lead with 9:19 left in the game, a 12-yard pass from Patterson to Carter to produce the final score 35-3.
SHU is back at home next weekend when they play host to the defending NEC Champion Albany Great Danes. Kick-off on Campus Field is at 1:00 pm.