Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - The series dates back to 1920, although a 77-
year hiatus interrupted the once back-and-forth rivalry between Duquesne and
Dayton - two football programs fighting for shots at the postseason.
They meet in an intriguing game on Saturday at Dayton.
Duquesne holds a 6-4 series lead and has won the three most recent meetings,
including last year's come-from-behind, 17-7 fourth-quarter win. The Dukes
are coming off a 35-24, season-opening victory against former Northeast
Conference foe Albany, which is now a member of the Colonial Athletic
The Flyers, from the Pioneer Football League, dropped their first game to
intrastate rival Youngstown State, 28-10, thanks to some big plays by the
Redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Buechel threw for 309 yards and two
touchdowns in the Dukes' season opener against Albany, while junior running
back Ryan Ho scored twice on the ground. For Youngstown State, senior running
back Adaris Bellamy led the nation in rushing yards in Week 1 with 203 against
"We're going to have to play more consistently on defense, not give up big
plays," Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin said. "And on offense we've got to score
when we have opportunities. That's what hurt us last year. We had
opportunities and didn't score, and eventually Duquesne came up with a couple
big plays late in the game. As we've told the team, this game always comes
down to the fourth quarter."
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