Duquesne extends winning streak with 31-28 win over Bryant

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Sean Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Connor Dixon as Duquesne rallied to beat Bryant 31-28 on Oct 1.

The Dukes, whose lone blemish is a 27-26 opening day loss at Bucknell, moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEC.

Patterson’s 10-yard pass to Dixon with 9:22 remaining provided the game winner. Dixon also had touchdown catches of 33 and 15 yards. Patterson completed 13 of 25 passes for 160 yards and two interceptions for Duquesne, which has won nine of its past 10 games dating back to last season.

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HEAT IS ON—Duquesne’s Chidozie Oparanozie (North Side and Linsly School) puts the heat on Bryant quarterback Mike Croce in the Dukes 31-28 win. (Courier Photos/William McBride)

Larry McCoy, who entered the game sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision with a 135-yard a game rushing average, ran for 153 yards and a score for Duquesne.

Bryant (3-2) grabbed a 28-24 lead on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Mike Croce to Jordan Harris with 12:44 to play. Jordan Brown, whose 1-yard run in the third quarter gave Bryant a 21-17 lead, ran for 142 yards and two scores.

Ohio State transfer Dorian Bell had six tackles, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure, in his first appearance as a Duke.

Duquesne returns to action next Saturday at Albany (2-2, 1-0). Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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