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Other Colleges District Colleges: Duquesne wins, claims MAAC title

Sunday, November 10, 2002

From local dispatches

Duquesne rolled over host Canisius, 42-0, yesterday to clinch an unprecedented fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the ECAC Classic Nov. 23 at the home of the Northeast Conference champion.

It was the 23rd consecutive victory against a MAAC opponent for the Dukes (10-0, 7-0), the top-ranked team in NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major. They have outscored seven MAAC foes this season, 277-27.

Niel Loebig passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Hilliard rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Dukes defeated the Golden Griffins (2-8, 2-6), who are dropping the program at the end of the season.

Senior cornerback Leigh Bodden had one of Duquesne's six interceptions to give him 28 and tie the Division I-AA all-time record.

Loebig threw touchdown passes of 12, 56 and 9 yards to Jeremy Conley, who had five catches for 117 yards. Hilliard's touchdown run was 1 yard.

Duquesne is 26th in the USA Today/ESPN Division I-AA poll that includes scholarship, partial scholarship and non-scholarship programs. The Dukes, who don't offer scholarships, must be ranked at least in the Top 20 to receive any consideration for one of the eight at-large invitations to the playoffs.

Other games

Stony Brook 23, Robert Morris 13: Rod Williams rushed for 126 yards and scored on a 34-yard run, and Chad King returned a kickoff 81 yards for a score as Stony Brook (7-2, 5-2) handed the visiting Colonials (3-6, 2-4) their fifth consecutive loss, for the longest losing streak in school history. Stony Brook remained in contention for the Northeast Conference title and a berth in the ECAC Classic Nov. 23 against Duquesne. Robert Morris' Andrew Geyer, a freshman from Deer Lakes, completed 29 of 50 passes for 277 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Rupert Rickards. He threw one interception and was sacked seven times. Robb Butler had nine catches for 96 yards.

Monmouth 7, St. Francis 0: Joe Sentipal intercepted Derek Border's pass and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the third quarter as Monmouth (2-7, 2-4) defeated the visiting Red Flash (1-8, 0-6) in the Northeast Conference. Border completed 9 of 29 passes for 101 yards and threw three interceptions as the Red Flash failed to win two consecutive games for the first time since 1994.

Washington and Jefferson 71, Apprentice 15: Joey Nichols rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns, and Brian Dawson completed 16 of 18 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns as the host Presidents (7-2) kept alive their faint hopes of receiving an at-large invitation to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Nichols scored on runs of 1, 1, 4 and 13 yards, and Dawson's touchdown passes were 62 and 28 yards to Mike Virgin and 7 yards to R.J. Zitzelsberger.

Allegheny 28, Earlham 7: Jamie Sye carried 12 times for 148 yards and scored on a 2-yard run, and Bubba Smith completed 11 of 20 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators (4-5, 3-3) defeated visiting Earlham (3-6, 3-3) in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Clarion 34, Lock Haven 31: Quarterback Adam Almashy ran for 163 yards and scored on a 55-yard run, and Robert Walker rushed for 151 yards to lead the visiting Eagles (7-3, 3-2) against Lock Haven (4-6, 1-4) in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West. Clarion, which entered No.4 in Division II with 266.1 yards rushing per game, rushed for 468 yards for the second highest total in school history. Walker moved up to fifth on Clarion's all-time rushing list with 2,064 yards. Almashy is 13th with 1,333 yards.

Edinboro 38, California 22: The visiting Fighting Scots (4-6, 1-4) rallied from a 22-10 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to snap a six-game losing streak with the victory against the Vulcans (6-4, 1-4) in the PSAC West. Edinboro's Alonzo Roebuck carried 25 times for 150 yards and had a 44-yard run for a score, and Justin Bouch completed 14 of 23 passes for 127 yards. California's Brandon LeDonne completed 9 of 28 passes for 128 yards and a 26-yard touchdown to Joe Hammack. Edinboro had 19 first downs and 355 yards, and California had 14 first downs and 332 yards.

Washington 31, Carnegie Mellon 17: Nathan Szep completed 22 of 31 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns and Toby Neighbors rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown as Washington (6-4, 4-0) defeated the visiting Tartans (5-4, 1-2) to clinch its second consecutive University Athletic Association championship. Szep's touchdown passes were 10 yards to Eric Catto and 56 yards to Brad Duesing, who had seven catches for 150 yards. Duesing set a school season record with 1,073 yards receiving and tied the school record with 69 receptions. CMU's Ricardo Clarke carried 16 times for 102 yards, and 11 players combined for 306 yards rushing. .

Waynesburg 24, Frostburg State 21: Brian Cence made a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give Waynesburg (5-3, 2-2) the victory in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Frostburg State (5-4) tied the score on a 93-yard pass to Anthony Long. Tommy O'Connor set up the field goal when he intercepted a pass at the Frostburg 47. A facemask penalty and a 15-yard pass from Jeff Dumm to Paul D'Imperio put Cence within range.

Geneva 35, Tiffin 26: Quarterback Ben Swallow completed 24 of 34 passes for 217 yards and two scores and Marko Thomas had eight catches for 77 yards in leading Geneva (5-5) past Tiffin (1-8). After the game Geneva accepted a bid to play Northwestern, Minn., in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

McDaniel 28, Bethany 17: Jason Hartman scored on a 44-yard run in the fourth quarter to give McDaniel (8-1) an 18-point lead against Bethany (3-7), which committed four turnovers.

Thomas More 24, Westminster 0: The Titans managed just 128 yards total offense and only 91 yards rushing in the loss to Thomas More, Ky. (6-3). The last time Westminster (5-4) was shutout was 24-0 against Bethany, Oct. 6, 2001.

Kings Point 35, Grove City 17: Kings Point (7-2) scored 21 points in the second quarter and then cruised to the victory against Grove City (3-7). Wolverines Quarterback Todd Smargiasso completed 13 of 24 passes for 204 yards but was sacked eight times.

Wayne State 33, Mercyhurst 29: Craig Duppong rushed 29 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns in leading Wayne State (3-7, 3-6) past Mercyhurst (2-8, 1-8). The score was tied, 20-20, at the half. Mercyhurst quarterback Jim Schuler completed 21 of 39 passes for 224 yards and three scores but was sacked three times.

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