Duquesne's defense rises up in win
Duquesne scored three defensive touchdowns in a four-minute span of the first quarter to propel itself past West Liberty, 27-14, on Saturday at Rooney Field.
Trailing 7-0, the Dukes (2-2) returned a fumble and two interceptions for scores.
Duquesne's Nick Floyd picked off a Tyler Tucci pass and ran 71 yards to make it 7-7 with 4:09 left in the first quarter. Less than two minutes later, a blitzing Christian Kuntz forced a Tucci fumble that Zach Zidian recovered in the end zone to make it 14-7. Defensive end Dane O'Driscoll then intercepted Tucci and ran 33 yards for a score as time expired in the quarter to make it 20-7.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Dukes. The loss was the second in a row for WLU (2-3).
Monmouth 35, Robert Morris 9 — The Colonials (2-3) took an early 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Penn State transfer Paul Jones (Sto-Rox) to D.J. Pearson (New Brighton), but Monmouth (3-3) answered with 35 straight points. Pearson had a career-best six catches for 63 yards, and Jones 18 went of 33 for 183 yards.
Central Connecticut State 38, St. Francis (Pa.) 29 — Senior running back Kyle Harbridge rushed for 179 yards to become St. Francis' all-time leading rusher, but it wasn't enough as the visiting Red Flash couldn't overcome a 25-point halftime deficit. Harbridge has 3,439 career yards. Todd Harris, the previous record holder, finished his career with 3,414.
IUP 62, Millersville 3 — Mike Box threw for three touchdowns, and the No. 7 Crimson Hawks (5-0) piled up 521 yards of offense and scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter. IUP officially renamed its field in honor of former coach Frank Cignetti during a halftime ceremony.
Slippery Rock 58, Kutztown 10 — Senior quarterback Nigel Barksdale passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns as Slippery Rock routed Kutztown (0-5) in a PSAC game. Sophomore wide receiver Jaimire Dutrieuille had five catches for 171 yards for the Rock (4-1), which amassed 611 total yards.
Mercyhurst 63, Cheyney 14 — Six Lakers players scored their first collegiate touchdowns as Mercyhurst (2-3) rolled to their largest point total since a 63-14 victory over Buffalo State on Oct. 8, 1988.
Edinboro 31, Lock Haven 6 — Jeremy McDonald rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown to power Edinboro (3-2) past visiting Lock Haven in the PSAC. McDonald, a converted linebacker, scored on a 62-yard run to give the Fighting Scots a 24-6 lead early in the third quarter.
Bloomsburg 38, Gannon 14 — Franklyn Quiteh, the leading rusher in Division II, had 251 yards and two touchdowns as No. 9 Bloomsburg (5-0) topped the host Golden Knights (3-2) in the PSAC. Gannon's Jansen Jones, who entered the game as the third-leading rusher in D-II, was held to a season-low 69 yards.
West Chester 38, Cal (Pa.) 17 — The Vulcans (3-2) lost their second straight game to a nationally ranked opponent, falling at No. 17 West Chester (4-0) in a PSAC matchup. Sophomore quarterback James Harris, making his first start, went 16 of 31 for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
Shippensburg 73, Seton Hill 27 — The host Red Raiders (3-2) tied their single-game record for points in a rout of Seton Hill (0-5). Erik Kerns caught two touchdowns in the loss.
East Stroudsburg 48, Clarion 28 — The Warriors (4-1) threw for 463 yards, as Clarion dropped to 3-2.
Carnegie Mellon 34, St. Vincent 7 — The visiting Tartans (3-2) used two defensive touchdowns to keep the Bearcats (0-4) winless. CMU linebacker Alexander D'Angelo returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, and safety Jack Butler returned an interception 68 yards for another TD.
Bethany 24, W&J 19 — In Bethany, W.Va., the host Bison built a 24-0 halftime lead before holding off the Presidents in the second half. Dion Wiegand rushed for 182 yards and two TDs for Bethany.
Waynesburg 35, Thiel 21 — Quarterback Carter Hill completed 31 of 40 passes for 314 yards, three TDs and no interceptions as Waynesburg (4-1, 2-1 PAC) rolled past Thiel (0-5, 0-3).
Thomas More 61, Geneva 0 — The Golden Tornadoes (3-2, 2-1 PAC) trailed 34-0 at the end of the first quarter as the Saints (4-0, 3-0) never looked back.
Ohio Wesleyan 50, Allegheny 7 — Mason Espinosa of Ohio Wesleyan (3-1, 2-1 North Coast Athletic Conference) threw for 363 yards and five TDs in the rout of the Gators (0-5, 0-4).