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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Duquesne rallied from a 21-13 fourth quarter deficit to extend its win streak to four when Charlie Leventry kicked a 20-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to give the Dukes a 24-21 Northeast Conference victory over Saint Francis, Pa. on Rooney Field.
It was the seventh NEC victory in a row for the Dukes (4-1, 2-0) who also upped their home win streak to nine.
The loss evened Saint Francis' NEC record at 1-1 and dropped the Red Flash's overall record to 2-3.
Sean Patterson completed 22-of-31 passes for 251 yards and Larry McCoy added 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead Duquesne.
Keion Wade ran for 82 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback John Kelly added 103 yards on the ground for the Red Flash, who entered the game ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense at 271 yards per game.
DU, which held SFU to 226 yards rushing, outgained the Red Flash 430-320. Both teams were outstanding on third down with Duquesne converting 10-of-14 and Saint Francis converting 10-of-15.
Duquesne failed to capitalize on a Red Flash fumble on the opening kickoff when Leventry's 39-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. The Dukes took it 74 yards on their next possession to take a 7-0 lead on a 4 yard run by McCoy. McCoy went over the 4,000-yard career mark on a 6 yard run during the drive.
The Red Flash tied it when Wade capped a seven-minute drive with a 2 yard run with 1:46 to go in the half. Thirty of the 75 yards on the SFU drive were the result of a pair of Duquesne personal foul penalties.
The Dukes went 55 yards in nine plays to take a 10-7 lead on a 37 yard Leventry field goal with three seconds left in the half.
Duquesne drove to the Saint Francis 15 on its first possession of the second half before a McCoy fumble gave the Red Flash the ball at their own 17. SFU then took it 83 yards with Wade covering the final five to make it 14-10 midway through the third quarter.
The Dukes cut it to one three minutes later on a 30 yard Leventry field goal.
Saint Francis put together another long drive, covering 84 yards on 13 plays with Wade giving the Red Flash a 21-13 lead on a 2 yard run.
DU answered with a 72 yard drive capped by a 3 yard McCoy run. The Dukes tied it on a conversion pass from Patterson to Kyle Shuman at the 6:54 mark of the fourth quarter.
Duquesne then forced its first punt of the second half, taking over at its own 31 with 4:25 to go.
Patterson hit McCoy for 11 yards and Ryan Ho added a 15 yard run to move the Dukes into SFU territory. With the Dukes facing 3rd-and-8 at the 34, Patterson found Sean Brady, who finished with 6 catches for 95 yards, for a 30 yard gain to the four. SFU held DU to one yard on its next three plays setting up Leventry's game-winning field goal.
Josh Jordan picked off a Kelly pass with seven seconds left to seal the win.
Dorian Bell led Duquesne with a game-high 12 tackles (10 solo). Horvin Latimer added 10 stops for the Dukes.
Duquesne is idle next week before heading to New Britain, Conn. to face Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:00 p.m.