District college football roundup: Duquesne outclassed by Youngstown State
Duquesne's trip up the turnpike into Ohio was a forgettable one Saturday afternoon.
The Dukes were no match for Youngstown State, which jumped to a 24-point halftime lead and routed Duquesne, 59-17, in a nonconference game.
Duquesne (1-2) trailed 24-0 at the half but scored twice in the third quarter to pull within 24-14. Youngstown State (3-1) responded with three unanswered touchdowns to seal the victory.
Duquesne's Dillon Buechel passed for 362 yards and a touchdown, but the Dukes were held to 39 yards rushing. Martin Ruiz rushed for three TDs for Youngstown State, which was coming off a 55-17 loss to Michigan State.
St. Francis (Pa.) 38, Lincoln 7 — Kyle Harbridge rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns, and St. Francis (1-2) defeated Lincoln (1-2) in a nonconference game. Harbridge had 157 yards rushing in the first quarter and 187 at halftime.
St. Francis held Lincoln to 91 yards of total offense.
Clarion 20, Mercyhurst 13 — Clarion (3-0, 1-0), off to its best start since 1996, jumped to a 20-0 first-half lead and then held on to defeat Mercyhurst (1-2, 0-1) in a PSAC West game.
Quarterback Darelle Carson passed for 209 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 85 yards in his first start for Clarion. He replaced Ben Fiscus, who was out with a leg injury.
Brandon Brown-Dukes rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown for Mercyhurst, and his 77-yard TD run early in the third quarter cut the deficit to 20-13. But Mercyhurst's final two drives ended with interceptions, the third and fourth turnovers of the game forced by Clarion.
No. 8 Indiana (Pa.) 26, Seton Hill 0 — IUP (3-0, 1-0) led only 2-0 at the half before pulling away in the second half against Seton Hill (0-3, 0-1) in a PSAC West game. It was the second consecutive shutout for eighth-ranked IUP.
Erik Finklea rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns. IUP allowed just 115 yards of offense, including 29 yards rushing.
Gannon 35, Slippery Rock 27 — Jansen Jones rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns for Gannon (2-1, 1-0) which defeated Slippery Rock (2-1, 0-1) in a PSAC West game. Quad Law's 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 7:38 left in the third quarter put Gannon ahead for good.
Slippery Rock's Nigel Barksdale passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions. Julian Harrell rushed for two scores.
Waynesburg 23, St. Vincent 6 — Waynesburg (3-0, 1-0) pulled away with 16 points in the second half to defeat St. Vincent (0-2, 0-1) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Waynesburg's Carter Hill completed 20 of 29 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Vincent scored its only touchdown in the first quarter on Andy Borgen's 63-yard pass to Matt Duffey.
Geneva 49, Thiel 28 — Zack Hayward passed for 248 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 100 yards and a score for Geneva (3-0, 2-0) which defeated Thiel (0-3, 0-1) in a PAC game.
Geneva blew a 28-6 lead, but scored the final 21 points. Thiel's Josh Potter rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas More 31, Westminster 0 — Dak Britt passed for 239 yards, and Collin Wallace had 139 receiving yards, but Westminster (0-2, 0-1) couldn't find the end zone in a PAC loss to Thomas More (2-0, 1-0).
Washington & Jefferson 40, Grove City 19 — W&J (2-1, 1-0) opened conference play by handing Geneva (2-1, 0-1) its first loss. Dion Wiegand rushed for 172 yards and five touchdowns for W&J.
Randolph Macon 36, Bethany (W.Va.) 28 — Matt Grimard accounted for three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for Bethany (0-3), which gave up 296 yards rushing and three touchdowns to Will McGhee and lost a nonconference game to Randolph Macon (2-1).
Grimard passed for 223 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 41 yards and scored twice.
Hiram 20, Allegheny 0 — Allegheny (0-3, 0-2) allowed 294 yards rushing, including a 65-yard TD less than a minute into the game, and was shut out by Hiram (2-1, 1-1) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game.