Will kicked off out of bounds and Duquesne cashed in on good field position — four plays later freshman A.J. Hines scored.
The Dukes missed another PAT, but the game began to turn.
“They grabbed the momentum,” UD coach Rick Chamberlin said . “If we have an 11-point lead at halftime, the game has a whole different feel.”
The Flyers lost another running back when freshman Sean Prophit injured an ankle. Prophit had 42 yards on 10 carries.
With Tucker Yinger out with a shoulder injury, that left Owen Williams as the only available running back.
The Flyers managed 50 net yards of offense in the second half, including a 53-yard catch and run by freshman wide receiver Ryan Skibinski. Duquesne took the lead for good in the third quarter when linebacker Carter Henderson returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown
Hines had two touchdowns and rushed for 189 yards on 29 carries. The Flyer defense was on the field for 86 plays.
UD senior linebacker Chris Beaschler said that was too many.
“It all comes down to execution,” Beaschler said.
His coach agreed.
“We made too many mistakes — penalties, interceptions, dropped balls, missed tackles,” Chamberlin said. “I told our team we can’t play like that and expect to compete for a PFL title.”