CFB: Duquesne 28, Central Connecticut State 21

PITTSBURGH – Sean Patterson scored on a 4 yard run with 42 seconds left to cap a 90 yard drive and give Duquesne a 28-21 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut State.

The win, Duquesne’s first in five tries against CCSU, upped the Dukes’ record to 5-2 (3-1 NEC). The loss was the fourth in a row for the Blue Devils who dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEC.

Gunnar Jespersen hit Raul DeBennendittis with a 16 pass to Duquesne 10 with just over five minutes left when Jared Williams stripped the ball and in a wild scramble Chris Oliver emerged with the ball to set up the game-winning drive.

Khiry Carter ended CCSU’s last scoring chance with an interception of a desperation pass in the end zone with three seconds left.

Patterson, who had a 42 yard run during the Dukes’ final drive, finished with a career-high 111 yards rushing on 12 carries. Larry McCoy added 97 yards and two touchdowns for DU.

Jespersen carried 26 times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns for CCSU as both teams relied heavily on the ground game as winds gusted to 30-plus miles per hour throughout the afternoon.

The Dukes scored on their first possession when McCoy capped a 71 yard drive with a 10 yard run. Patterson converted a 4th-and-6 with an 18 yard run to the CCSU 10 to keep the drive alive.

Central Connecticut State answered with a long drive of its own, covering 74 yards in 18 plays with Jespersen scoring on a one-yard run to tie it at 7-7. The Blue Devils converted a pair of fourth down plays on the drive.

Patterson weaved through the CCSU defense to score on a 32 yard run on the third play of the second quarter, giving the Dukes scores on their first two possessions.

CCSU tied it on an 8 yard run by Xavier Gaddy with 14 seconds left in the half.

McCoy scored on a 5 yard run two plays after CCSU punter Steven Calitri took a knee while fielding a low snap at the DU 22.

The Blue Devils responded with another 1 yard Jespersen dive with 2:02 left in the third quarter to tie it once again.

CCSU, which enjoyed a 38:16 to 21:44 advantage in time of possession, outgained Duquesne 385-279 but managed only seven points in the second half.

Chris Oliver led the Dukes with 12 tackles. Williams, Carter, Serge Kona and Ashton Burno added 10 stops each.

Duquesne completes its two-game homestand against Wagner (1-5, 1-2) next Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

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