Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Crusader Football Falls at Duquesne
Tony Taibi looks for running room after a catch. (Dave DeNoma)
Tony Taibi looks for running room after a catch. (Dave DeNoma)
Valparaiso (0-3)
at
Duquesne (2-1)
9/17/2011 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Attendance: 1859
1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Valparaiso007714
Duquesne141414749
Scoring
1st Quarter
DUQTD06:34PATTERSON 3 Yd Run (LEVENTRY kick)
DUQTD02:49DIXON 66 Yd Pass From PATTERSON (LEVENTRY kick)
2nd Quarter
DUQTD13:14MCCOY 1 Yd Run (LEVENTRY kick)
DUQTD04:48DORSEY 4 Yd Pass From PATTERSON (LEVENTRY kick)
3rd Quarter
DUQTD12:39BAIR 19 Yd Run (LEVENTRY kick)
DUQTD08:25SPRAGG 6 Yd Pass From PATTERSON (LEVENTRY kick)
VALPOTD02:38SMARWT 10 Yd Pass From MALANTIS (SMITH kick)
4th Quarter
DUQTD10:05HUGHES 16 Yd Run (ESQUIRE kick)
VALPOTD04:49COOK 14 Yd Pass From MALANTIS (WEINEL kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPODUQ
1st Downs1333
3rd Down Conversions6-1611-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)162 (20-33)203 (14-22)
Rushing (Att)26 (27)425 (55)
Total Yards188628
Penalties2-307-60
Turnovers01
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions00
Possession26:4033:20
Gabe Ali-El tries to break free from Duquesne defenders. (Dave DeNoma)
Gabe Ali-El tries to break free from Duquesne defenders. (Dave DeNoma)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Valparaiso wrapped up non-conference play on Saturday afternoon suffering a 49-14 loss to Duquesne at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nick Malantis (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta H.S.) threw his first two collegiate touchdown passes in relief for the Crusaders, but Valpo could not overcome the Dukes scoring on their first four possessions of the game and six of their first seven in building a lead.

Duquesne jumped on top on its first drive of the game, a 15-play, 77-yard possession capped by a three-yard quarterback keeper by Sean Patterson.  The Dukes made it 14-0 on their next possession as Connor Dixon hauled in a pass from Patterson, avoided two tacklers, and raced down the sidelines 66 yards for a score.

Larry McCoy added a one-yard touchdown run up the middle to start the third quarter and Patterson connected with Ethan Dorsey from four yards out to put the Dukes up 28-0.

Valpo finally stopped the Duquesne offense late in the first half as Laurence Treadaway (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s H.S.) forced a fumble inside the Crusader 10-yard line and Roberto Kelly (West Palm Beach, Fla./The Kings Academy) fell on the football.

The Crusaders struggled to move the football in the first half, tallying just 45 yards in the opening stanza while the Dukes registered 375 yards.

“The biggest lesson our team has to learn is to fight through adversity and we need to get 11 players to play each play to the best of their ability, and then move on to the next play and the next one,” head coach Dale Carlson said after the game.  “They can’t worry about the last play or what the score is, and that is a lesson they have to learn in order to have success.

Duquesne (2-1) registered two more scores to open the third quarter, one on a 19-yard run by Bill Bair and the other on a six-yard pass from Patterson to Isaac Spragg.

Malantis orchestrated a 14-play drive capped with a 10-yard strike to Kelvin Smarwt (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega H.S.) coming across the end zone from the left for a touchdown. 

The hosts added one final score early in the fourth on a 16-yard sweep by Marcus Hughes before Valpo found the end zone one more time.  A 12-play, 68-yard drive was capped by Malantis’ second scoring pass of the game, this time to Dale Cook (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Jacobs H.S.).

Malantis finished the game 9-of-16 for 105 yards, all in the second half as Valpo finished the game with 188 total yards, 162 of which came through the air.  Smarwt made four catches for 44 yards while Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont H.S.) also had four grabs.

“Malantis made some good plays,” Carlson said.  “He did a nice job making some throws under pressure for the touchdowns.” 

Gabe Ali-El (Randallstown, Md./Polytechnic Institute) led the ground game with nine carries for 19 yards.

The Dukes finished the game with 628 yards of total offense, including 425 yards on the ground.  McCoy carried 21 times for 164 yards while Bair had 16 rushes for 154 yards.  Patterson finished the game 12-of-18 passing for 181 yards and the three scores.

Defensively, Christopher Howard (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean H.S.) led the way with eight tackles while Treadaway made seven stops, including one for loss, and had the forced fumble.

Christopher Oliver led the Dukes with nine stops, including four for loss.

“A lot of our younger players got some game reps today which, once we evaluate the film, we may find need to play more,” Carlson concluded.

Valparaiso (0-3) will have a week off before returning to action on Oct. 1 at Brown Field for Homecoming.  The Crusaders will face Morehead State beginning at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: This was the first meeting between the two schools … both Smawt and Cook made their first touchdown receptions of their careers … Valpo was penalized just twice on Saturday and has committed just four penalties in the last two games … the Crusaders did not commit a turnover against the Dukes … Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) had seven punts for a 43.7 yard average, landing three inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 57 … 10 different Crusaders caught passes in the game.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay