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November 19, 2011PITTSBURGH - For a brief moment, it appeared the upset would be possible. Robert Morris jumped out to an early lead and backup quarterback Tyler Forbes appeared to have Duquesne's defense caught off-guard.
But Duquesne's powerful offense proved to be just too potent, and the Dukes blew past Robert Morris to win 45-10 at Rooney Field.
Both teams struggled to get anything to click early on offense, as poor field position hurt the Colonials on their first drive and Duquesne took a few drives to find their sea legs running the football.
That enabled Robert Morris to strike first. Grayling Sanders didn't get the start at running back but became the featured back throughout the day, and he helped the Colonials march down to the Dukes 35-yard line. That's where Forbes found Jamie Cobb for a35-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.
It was all Duquesne from there.
Duquesne scored touchdowns on three of their next four drives while holding Robert Morris to 17 total yards of offense to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
Forbes engineered a nine-play, 59-yard drive that led to a Greg Langer field goal to make it 21-10 early in the third quarter. But Duquesne added their own field goal and finished with three long touchdown drives to put the game away.
Robert Morris finishes 2-9, 2-6 in Northeast Conference play.
Sanders finished with 92 yards on 18 carries while Forbes finished 10-of-27 for 143 yards with one interception. Larry McCoy had 106 yards on 25 carries, Connor Dixon caught five passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Sean Patterson ran for 123 yards, completed 17-of-27 passes for 240 yards, and tossed three touchdowns for Duquesne.
The Dukes finished 9-2, 7-1 in the Northeast Conference to claim a share of their first NEC title. But because of their loss to Albany earlier in the year, they will stay home for the FCS playoffs while Albany goes on to play in the postseason for the first time.
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