Football 'Cats Fall to FCS Duquesne, 38-13

Football 'Cats Fall to FCS Duquesne, 38-13

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat football program went on the road today to play up a level against the FCS Duquesne in a non-conference contest at Rooney Field.

The Bobcats played well at times, especially in the first quarter, but they just couldn't overcome the FCS team as they dropped a 38-13 decision.

On the Dukes first three possessions, the Bobcat defense held Duquesne to a punt and forced two turnovers on fumbles.

Brandon Grayson forced the first fumble and recovered it while Chad Pinson recovered the second fumble.

The first quarter ended with the score being 0-0.

Duquesne grabbed the momentum in the second quarter and scored 24 unanswered points.

Following a Wesleyan fumble, the Dukes went 11 plays and 63 yards for their first score when Nehari Crawford hauled in a four-yard pass from Tommy Stuart with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter.

Duquesne scored 17 points in the last 1:32 of the first half.

After picking up a first down on their next possession, Wesleyan punted the ball away to the Dukes and it took them just five plays to march 54 yards for a score when Kareem Coles hauled in a nine-yard pass from Stuart with 1:32 showing on the clock.

A fumble on Wesleyan's first play gave the ball to the Dukes at the Wesleyan 38.

They scored six plays later on a 12-yard pass from Stuart to Coles with 37 seconds remaining in the half.

The Bobcats lost two yards on their next possession and a 25-yard punt set up the Dukes at Wesleyan 35.

An 11-yard pass play set up a 41-yard field goal for Jacob Gill as the half expired with the Dukes holding a 24-0 lead.

Another Stuart touchdown pass, this one to Crawford gave Duquesne a 31-0 lead with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.

A Ricky Mellick four-yard run gave the Dukes a 38-0 advantage with 13:14 left in the game.

Wesleyan got on the scoreboard on the next drive as Luke Casey (pictured) hit Christian Nelson with a 22-yard touchdown pass.

The Bobcats wrapped up the scoring on their next drive after recovering a Duquesne fumble at the Dukes' 34.

Casey scrambled for 34 yards for the touchdown to wrap up the scoring.

The Dukes piled up 398 offensive yards in the contest while holding the Bobcats to 198 over the course of the competition. 
 
Stuart was almost perfect as he completed 24 of 29 pass attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns.

Chavas Rawlins hauled in seven passes for 40 yards while Crawford totaled six receptions for 70 yards and two scores on the evening. 

DeWayne Murray III tallied 83 yards on 14 carries followed by Mellick with 12 carries for 58 yards and one touchdown.
 
Luke Casey threw was 13-for-27 for 102 yards while also notching 61 yards on 23 carries. He was responsible for both touchdowns.

Kenny Lewis Jr. notched three receptions for 24 yards with Nelson adding one reception for 22 yards and one score.

Jujuan Whigham totaled eight carries for 34 yards.

Grayson led the defense with seven stops (six solo).

Duquesne improved to 3-1 while Wesleyan dropped to 2-3.

The Bobcats will return to action next Saturday when they visit the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in a Mountain East Conference contest.

The game will begin at 1 p.m.