Duquesne accepted the challenge of stepping up in competition and traveling across the country to take on the Hawaii Rainbows.
They knew the scenery and weather would be beautiful and it would be memorable but also knew the talent level would be a lot higher than they’re used to in the NEC conference. The task became more difficult as the Dukes played without their best player running A.J. Hines, who missed the game with an injury.
At the end of the game, Jerry Schmitt’s team showed up, competed and gave a nice showing for themselves but in the end Hawaii just made too many plays and defeated the Dukes 42-21.
Duquesne got off to a great start as they jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead. Dukes quarterback Daniel Parr connected on touchdown passes to Nehari Crawford and former Mount Lebanon wide receiver Aidan Cain. This was Cain’s first college touchdown.
After getting in that 14-0 hole, the Rainbows responded were led by quarterback Cole McDonald who threw for five consecutive touchdown passes to four different receivers. McDonald finished the game 24 of 40 for 273 yards.
McDonald hit John Ursua on a 25-yard pass, JoJo Ward on a 20-yard pass and Cedric Byrd from 2 yards to give Hawaii a 21-14 halftime lead. Byrd led Hawaii in receiving with 7 catches for 55 yards.
The only scoring in the 3rd quarter was a 2-yard run by Fred Holly which increased the lead to 28-14.
Following another touchdown pass from McDonald, Duquesne found the end zone when Parr connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kellon Taylor to cut the deficit to 35-21.
For the game, Parr finished 13-24 for 113 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Former South Fayette and Dukes current backup quarterback Brett Brumbaugh got some action and completed 1 pass for 29 yards. Hawaii held Crawford to just 29 yards on 5 catches. Taylor led Duquesne in receiving with 4 catches for 66 yards.
Brett Zanotto registers a team-high 11 tackles with eight solo stops / Daquan Worley with seven tackles (six solo) and a pair of pass breakups / #GoDukes
— Duquesne Football (@DuqFB) September 23, 2018
This loss ended Duquesne’s (3-2) three-game win streak.
Following this long trip, Schmitt’s team has a week off before they return to the field on October 6 when they host 3-1 Bryant.