Duquesne Dukes football
The Duquesne Dukes football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Duquesne University located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is a member of the Northeast Conference.
|Athletic director||Dave Harper|
|Head coach||Jerry Schmitt|
14th season, 92–62 (.597)
|Stadium||Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field|
|Field surface||Sportexe Momentum Turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||462–331–25 (.580)|
|Bowl record||5–4 (.556)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||3 (1941, 1973, 2003)|
|Conference titles||16 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)|
|Colors||Red and Blue|
|Fight song||"The Victory Song (Red and Blue)"|
- For information on all Duquesne University sports, see Duquesne Dukes
Duquesne has played football as a club team from 1891–1894, 1896–1903, 1913–1914, and 1920–1928, in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) from 1929–1942 and 1947–1950, again as a club team from 1969–1978, in NCAA Division III from 1979–1992 and in the NCAA Division I FCS from 1993–present.
The Dukes have won or shared 16 conference championships in the past 24 years.
The Dukes have qualified for the FCS playoffs twice due to an automatic bid for being NEC champions in 2015 at 8-3 (5-1) and again in 2018 at 8-3 (5-1).
The Dukes started play in 1891 and have had a continuous program since 1969. They were Northeast Conference co-champions in 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018 and outright champions in 2015. Previously, Duquesne football was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning or sharing 11 conference titles.
Duquesne was the ECAC Bowl champions and NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major National Champions in 2003. The team was the 1995 ECAC Bowl Champions, as well. Duquesne was rated #1 in NCAA Division I by the Massey Ratings for the 1941 season and won a NCFA Club National Championship in 1973 after the program was revived in 1969 by then student-athlete Sam Costanzo in cooperation with university administration.
Major bowl gamesEdit
The Dukes had some success before NCAA college football's alignment into divisions. Duquesne won the 1934 Festival of Palms Bowl and 1937 Orange Bowl. The Dukes turned down invitations from the Cotton Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Olympic Bowl in 1939.
FBS AP Poll appearancesEdit
From 1933 to 1942, Duquesne was among the elite college football teams in the United States, garnering the sixth-highest winning percentage (71-22-2, .762) in the nation behind Alabama, Tennessee, Duke, Fordham and Notre Dame. In 1941, Duquesne finished the season undefeated and untied, earning a No. 8 Associated Press ranking while leading the nation in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense. (Duquesne also led all of NCAA Division I football in scoring defense in 2002 and rushing defense, passing defense and total defense in 2005.)
- October 19, 1936 #11
- November 16, 1936 #20
- November 23, 1936 #12
- November 30, 1936 #14 FINAL
- November 1, 1937 #16
- October 23, 1939 #11
- October 30, 1939 #13
- November 6, 1939 #12
- November 13, 1939 #10
- November 20, 1939 #20
- November 27, 1939 #6
- December 4, 1939 #10
- December 11, 1939 #10 FINAL
- October 27, 1941 #16
- November 3, 1941 #12
- November 10, 1941 #10
- November 17, 1941 #6
- November 24, 1941 #5
- December 1, 1941 #8 FINAL
- October 12, 1942 #13
Duquesne is noted for establishing numerous firsts in collegiate football. Former head coach Elmer Layden is credited with devising the system of hand signals that officials use today. The signal system was put to use for the first time on November 11, 1928, when Duquesne hosted Thiel College at Pitt Stadium. Layden was also the first coach to use two sets of uniform jerseys for home and away contests. In 1929, graduate student manager John Holohan conceived the idea of Pittsburgh's first night game at Forbes Field. On the evening of November 1 that year, the Dukes made history by defeating Geneva College, 27-7, in front of more than 27,000 spectators. This led to the Duquesne Football team's nickname "the Night Riders."
The Dukes football team also boasts the greatest all-time intraconference winning streak in NCAA Division I FCS history with 39 straight wins in the MAAC. The 39-game streak also ties for the second-longest intraconference winning streak in NCAA Division I Football history, five games shy of the all-time record.
The National Football League's Pittsburgh franchise has drafted more players out of Duquesne University than any other institution.
Some notable former playersEdit
Notable alumni include:
Yellow = .500 record; Orange = above .500 record; Green = undefeated
|Year||Wins||Losses||Ties||Coach||Ranking||Regular Season Championship/Postseason Appearance||National Championship|
|2018||9||4||0||Jerry Schmitt||#22 NCAA Division I FCS Writers Poll, #24 NCAA Division I FCS Coach’s Poll||Northeast Conference Champions/National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Second Round|
|2016||8||3||0||Jerry Schmitt||NEC Champions|
|2015||8||4||0||Jerry Schmitt||NEC Champions/NCAA Division I First Round|
|2013||7||4||0||Jerry Schmitt||NEC Champions|
|2011||9||2||0||Jerry Schmitt||NEC Champions|
|2008||3||7||0||Jerry Schmitt||(First season in NEC)|
|2007||6||4||0||Jerry Schmitt||#8 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Mid-Major (Sports Network)||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champions|
|2006||7||3||0||Jerry Schmitt||#6 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions|
|2005||7||3||0||Jerry Schmitt||#3 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions|
|2004||7||3||0||Greg Gattuso||#5 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions|
|2003||8||3||0||Greg Gattuso||#1 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions
Eastern College Athletic Conference Bowl Champions
|NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major National Champions|
|2002||11||1||0||Greg Gattuso||#2 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions|
ECAC Bowl Runners-up
|2001||8||3||0||Greg Gattuso||#4 NCAA Division I FCS Mid-Major (Sports Network)||MAAC Champions|
ECAC Bowl Runners-up
|2000||10||1||0||Greg Gattuso||MAAC Champions|
|1999||8||3||0||Greg Gattuso||MAAC Champions|
|1996||10||1||0||Greg Gattuso||MAAC Champions|
ECAC Bowl Runners-up
|1995||10||1||0||Greg Gattuso||MAAC Champions|
ECAC Bowl Champions
|1994||6||4||0||Greg Gattuso||(First season in MAAC)|
|1993||4||6||0||Greg Gattuso||(First season at NCAA Division I FCS level)|
|1979||5||4||0||Dan McCann||(First season at NCAA Division III level)|
|1978||5||3||0||Dan McCann||#7 club football (National Club Football Association)|
|1977||7||2||0||Dan McCann||#2 club football (NCFA)||NCFA Championship Game Runners-up|
|1976||6||2||0||Dan McCann||#4 club football (NCFA)|
|1974||5||2||0||Dan McCann||#6 club football (NCFA)|
|1973||10||0||0||Dan McCann||#1 club football (NCFA)||Children's Hospital Bowl Champions ||NCFA National Champions|
|1972||7||1||0||Dan McCann||#3 club football (NCFA)|
|1970||4||3||1||Dan McCann||#15 club football (NCFA)|
|1969||2||4||0||Joe Nicoletti||(School brings football back at the club level)|
|1950||2||6||1||Phil Ahwesh / Doc Skender|
|1941||8||0||0||Aldo Donelli||#8 NCAA Division I FBS (Associated Press)||#1 NCAA Division I FBS (Massey Ratings)|
|1939||8||0||1||Aldo Donelli||#10 NCAA Division I FBS (AP)||declined Cotton Bowl, Sun Bowl and "Olympic Bowl" invitations|
|1936||8||2||0||Clipper Smith||#14 NCAA Division I FBS (AP)||Orange Bowl Champions|
|1933||10||1||0||Elmer Layden||Festival of Palms Bowl Champions|
|1921||0||4||1||E.A. Jake Stahl|
|1920||3||3||1||E.A. Jake Stahl|
|1901||1||2||0||Coach Unknown||Record Incomplete|
|1900||2||3||1||Coach Unknown||Record Incomplete|
|1898||5||4||1||J. Van Cleve||Record Incomplete|
|1897||2||4||1||J.P. Wolfe||Record Incomplete|
|1894||7||2||1||Dr. G.S. Proctor|
|1893||0||2||0||Coach Unknown||Record Incomplete|
1891-1892: Results Unavailable
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|2006||MAAC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||7–3||3–1|
|2007||MAAC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||6–4||2–1|
|2011||NEC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||9–2||7–1|
|2013||NEC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||7–4||4–2|
|2016||NEC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||8–3||5–1|
|2018||NEC (Co-Championship)||Jerry Schmitt||9–4||5–1|
|Total conference championships||16|
FCS Playoffs resultsEdit
The Dukes have made two appearances in the FCS Playoffs. Their combined record is 1–2.
|2015||First Round||William & Mary||L 49–52|
South Dakota State
Major bowl game appearancesEdit
|1933||January 1, 1934||Festival of Palms Bowl||W||Miami (FL)||33||7||Elmer Layden||notes|
|1936||January 1, 1937||Orange Bowl||W||Mississippi State||13||12||Clipper Smith||notes|
|Total||2 bowl games||2–0||46||19|
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