Duquesne 29, Sacred Heart 15

Sean Patterson threw two touchdowns to Connor Dixon and Duquesne

defeated Sacred Heart 29-15 Saturday.

The Dukes (8-2, 6-1 Northeast Conference) led 7-6 when Patterson

hit Dixon on a 33-yard touchdown, capping a 14-play, 95-yard drive.

The two paired up again on a 35-yard score for a 21-6 Duquesne lead

with 56 seconds left in the first half.

Duquesne got on the scoreboard first on Larry McCoy’s 3-yard

touchdown, but the Pioneers (5-3, 3-2) pulled within one when

Justin Embler recovered a fumble in the end zone. They missed the

extra point, however.

McCoy had two touchdowns and 149 rushing yards for the Dukes,

who remain tied in first place in the NEC with Albany (N.Y.).

Duquesne’s defense, which ranks second nationally in pass

defense (134.1 yards per game) held the NEC’s top passer Tim Little

to 182 yards on 22-for-44 passing. Little averaged 224.2 yards per

game coming in.