Notebook: Duquesne Earns First Victory of Season

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Notebook: Duquesne Earns First Victory of Season

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Greg Hough's 8-yard run in overtime lifted Duquesne to a 30-23 victory over Sacred Heart in a Division I FCS game in Fairfield, Conn.

Aaron Strader's interception in the end zone preserved the win for Duquesne (1-2), its first of the season.

The win came after Duquesne couldn't protect a 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Sacred Heart (2-2) tied the scoring the fourth quarter on a field goal and blocked punt return for a touchdown with 9:14 left. The extra point, however, failed.

Hough (Pine-Richland) had a career-high 107 yards rushing on 20 carries. He also scored in the first quarter to give Duquesne a 7-0 lead. Kevin Rombach completed 29-of-41 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown to Michael Rasky. Bruce Hocker had eight receptions for 96 yards.

Mark Troyan kicked three field goals for Duquesne.

Robert Morris 9, Morehead State 8

Karey Murray's 2-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Robert Morris (2-2) the win at Morehead State (2- 1). Robert Morris started the winning drive on its 36 with 1:31 remaining and no timeouts. A 45-yard pass from Eric Cwalinski to Alvin Hill put the ball on the Morehead State 2, and Murray scored on the next play.

Josh Morris started the scoring for Morehead State with a 97- yard interception return, but Max Hammond missed the extra point. After a Morehead State safety, Michael Walser put Robert Morris on the scoreboard with a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter. Cwalinski completed 19-of-26 passes for 274 yards to pace the Colonials, hitting Hill with seven passes for 164 yards. Morehead State's defense limited Robert Morris to minus-31 yards rushing and sacked Cwalinski six times.

Youngstown St. 35, L. Haven 3

Tom Zetts threw one touchdown pass and ran for a score to lead Youngstown State (3-1) past Division II Lock Haven (0-4), which managed just 106 yards of total offense.

Youngstown State's Jabari Scott rushed for 88 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 51-yard TD run. Zetts completed 11-of-16 passes for 146 yards.

Division II

Edinboro 41, Cheyney 23

Trevor Harris threw four touchdown passes for a third consecutive game to lead high-scoring Edinboro (3-1) to a victory over Cheyney (0-4).

Harris completed 16-of-22 passes for 241 yards. Two of his touchdown passes went to Ryan Rybicki, who had three catches for 50 yards. Houston Brown rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown. Ulysee Davis carried 12 times for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Cheyney's Derrick Murry completed 26-of-44 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times.

West Chester 34, Shippensburg 29

Shippensburg (0-4) nearly came back from a 31-7 halftime deficit,but lost a nonconference game to West Chester (3-1). Early in the fourth quarter, Gabe Maiocco threw a touchdown pass to Mike Harris, pulling Shippensburg within 31-29. But the Red Raiders missed the two-point conversion that would have tied the score.

Maiocco passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Harris caught seven passes for 114 yards.

Slippery Rock 45, Kutztown 9

Slippery Rock improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1962 with its victory over Kutztown (2-2). Corey Manfull rushed for a career- high 170 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Bloomsburg 52, Clarion 10

Despite getting 104 yards rushing from Eddie Emmanuel, Clarion (0- 4) lost its nonconference game against Bloomsburg (2-2). Clarion's Pierre Odom caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Mercyhurst 49, Gannon 28

Mitch Phillis completed 23-of-33 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mercyhurst (4-1) over Gannon (0-4) in the battle of Erie.

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