September 23, 2006

Football Nipped at Duquesne, 24-21

Sept. 23, 2006

Final Stats

PITTSBURGH, PA - Sophomore QB Scott Knapp threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns to lead Duquesne University to a 24-21 win over visiting Sacred Heart University in a non-conference football game Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers scored on their first possession of the game when junior Jason Payne (Cortlandt Manor, NY) ran 56 yards for a touchdown with 13:01 left in the first quarter. After forcing Duquesne to punt on its first offensive series, SHU took a 14-0 lead when senior receiver A.J. Franklin (New Haven, CT) caught a 19-yard scoring strike from senior QB Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA). The reception capped a seven-play, 59-yard drive.

The Dukes cut the Sacred Heart lead to 14-7 on a 32-yard pass from Knapp to Bruce Hocker on the first play of the second quarter. Prior to the TD, the Dukes appeared to have gotten a break when a 20-yard pass from Knapp to sophomore flanker Conrad Carter appeared to hit the ground, but the officials gave Carter the reception.

Duquesne, 3-1, tied the score when Hocker and Knapp hooked up for a second time, this one from 33 yards away with 5:14 remaining in the half. The Pioneers, 1-3, answered quickly when Arciaga found Corey Bundy with a 44-yard TD pass with 2:09 left. The Dukes got a 37-yard field goal from Mary Troyan as the half expired to trail 21-17 at the intermission.

The only score of the second half came with 5:41 left in the third quarter by the Dukes. Knapp threw his third TD pass of the game, this one from 22 yards away to Conrad. The PAT gave them a 24-21 lead.

There was still excitement left in the game, however. The Pioneers had one last gasp and got the ball back on their own 15 with 2:09 to play in the game. Arciaga engineered a 12-play drive that got SHU to the Duquesne three-yard line with three seconds to play. During the drive, the Pioneers faced a fourth and two from their own 42 and kept the drive alive with a 29-yard pass to junior Joey Henley, who had to leap over two defenders to make the catch.

When the Pioneers got to the three, they lined up for a Nick Passalacqua field goal. The snap on the kick was high and holder Dario Melendez had to pull the ball out and roll out. He tried to complete a pass to Justin Jarry in the end zone, but it fell incomplete to give the Dukes the win.

Payne had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season for the Pioneers, finishing with 103 yards on 13 carries.