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Duquesne beats Bryant in season finale

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Patterson, McCoy lead Dukes to 37-29 win

Sean Patterson threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and caught a fourth and Larry McCoy rushed for 160 yards in leading Duquesne to a 37-29 season-ending win at Bryant.

The victory clinched third place in the Northeast Conference for the Dukes (7-4, 5-3), who were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll of league coaches. Bryant, which saw its home win streak snapped at seven, finished 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the NEC.

Senior Dave Williams added four catches for 112 yards for the Dukes.

Bryant’s Mike Croce threw for 314 yards in a losing effort.

Duquesne trailed 8-3 late in the first quarter before Patterson faked a handoff and raced 56 yards for a score to put the Dukes up two. Dionte Wade forced a fumble that was recovered by Chris Oliver on the ensuing kickoff, setting up a 27-yard Patterson-to-Sean Bunevich touchdown pass that gave Duquesne two scores in 16 seconds and a 17-8 lead.

Bryant’s Mike Canfora scored on a one-yard run to cut the lead to two before Eric Duale, who opened the scoring with a 39-yard field goal, kicked a 33-yarder to put the Dukes up 20-15 at the half.

Patterson hit Williams with a 48-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter to put the Dukes up 13. Patterson then caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from halfback Bill Bair nine seconds into the fourth quarter to make the score 34-15.

Canfora added a four-yard run before Duale tied the school record for field goals in a game for the third time this season with a 20-yarder with 6:51 to go.

Croce hit Matt Tracey with a 21-yard TD pass with 1:43 remaining, but Duquesne recovered the ensuing on side kick and ran out the clock to preserve the win.

With his 160 yards rushing, McCoy finished the year with 1,291 yards, good for the sixth-highest single-season total by a Duquesne back at the FCS level.

Duale finished the year with a school record 14 field goals.

Patterson finished with 258 yards of total offense (197 passing and 61 rushing) to go along with his 26-yard touchdown catch.

Bryant, which ran 25 more plays than Duquesne, only outgained the Dukes by 24 yards (469-445). Defensive backs Garrett Heron and Devin Duggan led the Dukes with nine tackles each. Alex Inda, Zach Richert and Ashton Burno all recorded sacks.

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