With just less than 10 minutes remaining, Duquesne held a lead on a Division I-A opponent on the road in a back-and-forth game.
Unfortunately for the Dukes, the game took one more decisive swing against their favor.
Dillon Buechel threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns, but Buffalo scored two touchdowns in the final 9:50 to put away visiting Duquesne, 38-28, Saturday at UB Stadium.
The Bulls (1-0) took an early lead when quarterback Joe Licata found Matt Weiser for a 41-yard touchdown on the game’s first drive. Running back Anthone Taylor took it in twice in the second quarter for a 21-0 Buffalo lead.
But the Dukes (0-1) proved resilient. Buechel, a Montour graduate, connected with Devin Rahming for Duquesne’s first score late in the second quarter to trail, 21-7, at the break.
In the second half, the Dukes took a 28-24 lead on a Randy Morris touchdown run and two touchdown passes from Buechel to Chris King.
But Licata wasn’t finished, finding Ron Willoughby for two touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter for the Buffalo win.
■ Fordham 52, Saint Francis 23: Khairi Dickson rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, but the Red Flash (0-1) allowed 427 total yards and the first 24 points of the game in a loss to the host Rams (1-0). Saint Francis finished the game with only 36 passing yards (between two quarterbacks).