Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 – 7 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan (2-2) at Duquesne (2-1)
Location: Arthur J. Rooney Field (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Series History: Duquesne leads the series, 6-4
Last Game: 1948 – Duquesne, 34-6
Current Streak – Duquesne has won two
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BUCKHANNON – Head coach Del Smith and his West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats will take on the Duquesne Dukes this Saturday night, marking the second consecutive year that Wesleyan has faced an FCS opponent.
Duquesne, the preseason favorite in the Northeast Conference, is currently 2-1 and coming off a bye week. They defeated Dayton 28-23 back on Sept. 16.
The contest will be the home opener for Duquesne after their first three games were on the road.
"It is good for our program to play teams of this caliber," Smith said. "It provides our kids a challenge to measure themselves against an FCS program."
Last season, the Bobcats traveled to East Tennessee State, falling 38-7 to the Buccaneers.
Wesleyan will take a 2-2 record to Duquesne, with victories on the board over both Concord and West Liberty. The Bobcats have dropped their last two contests after a 2-0 start to the season.
Wesleyan's defense remains third in scoring defense in the Mountain East Conference, giving up only 18.5 points per game.
Linebacker Brandon Grayson leads the team with 44 total tackles. He had a 18-tackle performance last week against Urbana.
Return specialist Jujuan Linzy continues to lead the league both kick return categories; he has 11 kickoff returns for 305 yards, and eight punt returns for 191 yards.
Running back Devin Montgomery is fourth in the MEC in rushing with 426 yards.
The offense will look to get back on track after compiling just 184 yards last week.
Wesleyan's 2-2 league mark, currently has them tied for fifth in the MEC. Shepherd and Fairmont State share the top spot with identical 3-0 records in the conference.
Saturday will mark the third consecutive road night game for the Bobcats this year. They are 1-1 in those contests.
The Dukes will enter the game with no running back averaging more than 67 yards per game, despite averaging 169 yards on the ground per game.
Junior running back P.J. Fulmore has compiled 200 yards on 39 carries in three games for a 66.7 average per game while sophomore back A.J. Hines has collected 134 yards on 24 carries for a 67.0 average.
Quarterback Tommy Stuart has completed 61 of his 91 attempts for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been picked off three times.
His favorite target is Nehari Crawford who has 19 catches for 285 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Dukes are led by sophomore linebacker Brett Zanotto who leads their team with 23 tackles.
The last time the two teams met was in 1948 when the Dukes won a 34-6 contest. The two teams played annual games with each other back in the 1930s with the first meeting being in 1922.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Arthur J. Rooney Field in Pittsburgh.
(File photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)