March 18, 2014
2014 FB Schedule
PITTSBURGH - A season opening game at Buffalo followed by a second-straight trip to Youngstown State highlight the non-conference portion of the 12 game 2014 Duquesne football schedule released today.
The Dukes, who tied for the Northeast Conference title for the second time in the past three seasons last year, will play seven home games for the first time since 2001.
DU, which returns 17 starters, will play its first Football Bowl Subdivision opponent on August 30 when it takes on a Buffalo team that finished 8-5 and made an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last year. UB finished second in the Mid-American Conference East with a school record six MAC wins (6-2 overall).
The Dukes make a return trip to perennial Football Champion Subdivision power Youngstown State on Sept. 6.
Duquesne welcomes Pioneer Football League member Dayton for its home opener on Sept. 13. This will be the sixth-straight year the Dukes and Flyers - who have posted 36 winning seasons in the past 37 years - will meet.
On Sept. 20, the Dukes host former NEC member and current first-year Big South member Monmouth.
DU completes a three-game homestand against Division II West Liberty in the annual Homecoming game on Oct. 4.
The Dukes, who are beginning their seventh season as an associate member of the NEC, open conference play at Central Connecticut State on Oct. 11.
DU returns home to face 2014 NEC co-champion Sacred Heart on Oct. 18,w before wrapping up the non-conference slate against Division II Alderson Broaddus on Rooney Field on Oct. 25.
Duquesne opens the month of November at Saint Francis on Nov. 1 and plays Bryant at home on the 8th.
DU hits the road for the last time to play at Wagner on Nov. 15 before concluding the regular season at home against cross-town rival Robert Morris on Nov. 22.
The Dukes, under 10th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt, complete spring practice on Saturday, April 12 with the annual spring scrimmage slated for 2:45 p.m. on Rooney Field (the team will take the field at 2:00 p.m.).
For ticket information regarding the 2014 season, fans are encouraged to call 412-232-DUKE (3853).
Admission to the spring game is free.
2014 DUQUESNE FOOTBALL
game times to be announced
Aug. 30 at Buffalo
Sept. 6 at Youngstown State
Sept. 13 DAYTON
Sept. 20 MONMOUTH
Oct. 4 WEST LIBERTY (HC)
Oct. 11 at Central Connecticut State*
Oct. 18 SACRED HEART*
Oct. 25 ALDERSON BROADDUS
Nov. 1 at Saint Francis, Pa.*
Nov. 8 BRYANT*
Nov. 15 at Wagner*
Nov. 22 ROBERT MORRIS*
* - indicates Northeast Conference (NEC) games
HC - Homecoming game vs. West Liberty
NEC-TV - Games to be announced
Home games are played at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field on the Duquesne campus
2014 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES
DU will play its first-ever FBS opponent in the opener at Buffalo. The Bulls finished 8-5 and made an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last year. Buffalo finished second in the Mid-American Conference East with a school record six MAC wins (6-2).
SEVEN AT HOME
The Dukes will play seven times at home and five times on the road. The seven home games are the most since 2001 when DU scheduled six home games and hosted the ECAC Classic. It is the first time Duquesne has seven or more scheduled home games since 1934 (eight).
The August 30 game at Buffalo ties the earliest opener in school history (2001 vs. VMI & 2003 at Bucknell are the others).
DU will play six non-conference games: Buffalo (FBS Mid-Amercian), Youngstown State (Missouri Valley), Dayton (Pioneer), Monmouth (Big South), West Liberty (Division II Mountain East) and Alderson Broaddus (Division II Great Midwest).