Sacred Heart Pioneers vs. Duquesne Dukes
WHEN: Rooney Field; Pittsburgh
WHEN: Saturday, noon
TV/INTERNET: NEC Front Row
RECORDS: Sacred Heart (6-3, 4-0 NEC); Duquesne (6-3, 3-1 NEC)
LAST MEETING: 37-21 Duquesne; Oct. 28, 2017 (Duquesne leads all-time 9-4)
TOP PLAYERS: Sacred Heart — Sr. QB Kevin Duke (1,629 passing yds., 13 TD, 7 INT); Sr. RB Jordan Meachum (170 carries, 1,107 yds., 9 TD); Fr. RB Julius Chestnut (97 carries, 562 yds., 6 TD); Sr. WR Andrew O’Neill (30 catches, 436 yds., 3 TD); Jr. DE Chris Agyemang (47 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 FF). Duquesne — Jr. QB Daniel Parr (1,740 passing yds., 16 TD, 8 INT); Jr. RB A.J. Hines (166 carries, 986 yds., 12 TD); Sr. WR Nehari Crawford (50 catches, 838 yds., 9 TD); Jr. LB Brett Zanotto (63 tackles, 3.5 TFL); Sr. LB Jalen Booker (4.5 sacks, 1 FF)
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Meachum vs. Duquesne run defense — Meachum has five straight 100-yard rushing games, including an incredible 318-yard effort in a victory over Bryant. The Dukes are allowing 149.4 yards on the ground per game, which ranks third in the NEC.
DID YOU KNOW?: The last two years, Duquesne has come painstakingly close to winning the NEC. The Dukes lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with St. Francis in 2016, then dropped a winnertake-all game to Central Connecticut State in Week 11 of last season.