PITTSBURGH (AP) – Joe Mischler threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, Billy Lucas rushed for 136 yards and two scores, and Duquesne eased past NAIA member Thomas More 34-17 on Saturday.
The Dukes extended their winning streak in home openers to 14 straight games.
On the first offensive play of the game, Mischler threw a short pass to Dwayne Menders Jr. and he raced 47 yards. Mischler had 232 yards and a touchdown in the first half as Duquesne led 17-0. Lucas added 78 yards rushing and a touchdown in the half, and the Dukes held Thomas More to five first downs and 43 total yards.
Mischler finished 18-of-23 passing and Menders caught eight passes for 165 yards and a touchdown for Duquesne (1-2), which had opened 0-2 for the first time since the 2014 season. The Dukes have not had a three-game losing streak since 2019.
Blaine Espinosa threw for 62 yards and was intercepted two times for Thomas More. The Saints were held to 177 yards.
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