A 5th-place finish in the Southeastern Conference was an upturn from 9th for the Maroons, in their first official bowl game (not counting the 1912 Bacardi Bowl). This was technically Duquesne's first bowl game, as their previous "postseason" bowl game was the 1933 Festival of Palms Bowl, also held in Miami.
Ike Pickle scored first on a touchdown run to give the Maroons a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Boyd Brumbaugh gave the Dukes a lead in the second quarter on his touchdown run, but Pee Wee Armstrong's pass to Fred Walters for a 40-yard touchdown made it 12-7 at halftime. Brumbaugh threw a 72-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that proved to be the margin of victory as the Maroons' two missed extra points doomed the team.