Story and photo courtesy of Duquesne Athletics
PITTSBURGH - Larry McCoy ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and Sean Patterson threw for 187 yards and another score as Duquesne scored twice in the fourth quarter to extend its home win streak to eight with a 17-7 win over the Pioneer Football League's Dayton Flyers at Rooney Field.
The win evened DU's record at 1-1, while Dayton dropped to 0-2.
DU trailed 7-3 before Patterson found Gianni Carter with an 18 yards pass to put the Dukes up 10-7 with 10:01 left. McCoy followed with a 7 yard touchdown run on DU's next possession to put the game out of reach.
Duquesne, which was outgained 219-109 in the first half, finished with a 345-340 advantage in total yardage.
McCoy had 88 yards on 18 second half carries as the Dukes outgained the Flyers 237-121 in the second 30 minutes.
Charlie Leventry's 26 yard field goal on Duquesne's first possession was followed by a 2 yard run by Will Bardo as Dayton took a 7-3 lead with 2:10 left in the opening quarter - it was a score that would stand until the fourth quarter.
Dayton had the best opportunity to score during the drought when Howard Savage made a diving interception of a tipped Patterson pass at the Duquesne 23 with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The DU defense held and Dayton kicker Pat Sankovic, who was wide right on a 34 yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, was wide right again - this time from 40 yards out - to keep the score 7-3 early in the fourth.
The Dukes answered with their longest drive since their opening possession, covering 77 yards on 10 plays - the last 18 coming on the Patterson to Carter touchdown pass.
Patterson was the catalyst, completing passes of 23 yards to Noel Oduho and 19 yards to Brian Pommerer before finding Carter for his 48th career TD pass.
DU followed with an 80 yard drive, fueled by 46 yards on seven carries by McCoy, who ended the drive with a 7 yard touchdown run with 3:03 to go to put the game out of reach.
Serge Kona, who led the DU defense with 9 stops (7 solo), added an interception to end Dayton's final possession. Ben Gartland added 7 tackles. Brandon Martin and Rich Piekarski broke up three passes each for the Dukes.
Duquesne heads to Indiana to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule against another Pioneer Football League team in Valparaiso. Kickoff is set for 2:00 (ET).