Story and photo courtesy of Duquesne Athletics
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Larry McCoy scored three touchdowns and tied the school record with his 21st career 100 yard game and Sean Patterson completed 20-of-25 passes for 260 yards and a pair of TDs as Duquesne rallied from a 17-7 first quarter deficit to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 45-17 win at Valparaiso.
The win upped DU's record to 2-1, while Valpo dropped to 0-3.
McCoy, who tied the school mark for 100 yard games set by Donte Small from 1998-01, finished the game with 171 yards on 29 carries.
Duquesne, which held Valpo to 115 yards over the final three quarters, shook off its slow start to outgain the Crusaders 546-291.
Gianni Carter caught five passes for 113 yards to lead DU's receivers.
Valpo opened the game with a 36 yard field goal before the Dukes answered with a 75 yard drive that ended with a 28 yard McCoy touchdown run. McCoy covered 64 yards on six carries on the drive.
The Crusaders came right back, driving 77 yards on 13 plays before quarterback Eric Hoffman took it in from one yard out on a sneak.
McCoy fumbled on the next possession and Hoffman made the Dukes play, completing a 32 yard pass to Eric Slenk followed by an 8 yard TD to Mike Gerton to make it 17-7 with 3:32 left in the first quarter. Hoffman, who was 13-of-17 for 163 yards after one quarter, finished the game 22-of-38 for 224 yards.
Serge Kona picked off his second pass of the season early in the second quarter to set up a 3 yard Patterson to Carter touchdown pass. Patterson and Carter connected on a 40 yard pass to set up the score.
The Dukes held Valpo on 4th-and-3 at the VU 43 and responded with a 57 yard touchdown drive. McCoy went over the 100 yard mark on a 19 yard jaunt that gave DU a 21-17 lead at the half.
Leventry tacked on a 39 yard field goal on DU's first possession of the second half and McCoy followed with his third touchdown - this one from 6 yards out - to make it 31-17.
Noel Oduho, who finished with 7 catches for 90 yards, added an 11 yard TD reception with 6:05 left.
Marcus Hughes scored on a 37 yard run for the final margin.
Kona picked off a pair of passes and Horvin Latimer added a third for Duquesne which held the Crusaders scoreless on their last 11 drives. Dorian Bell paced the Dukes with a team-high 9 tackles including a pair of tackles for loss. Chidozie Oparanozie added five tackles including a sack.
The Dukes return to action next Saturday when they head to Rhode Island to face Bryant (0-3, 0-1) at 1:00 p.m. in their Northeast Conference opener.