KEVIN CALLAHAN EARNS HIS 150th WIN
CLINTON, SC- Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahanearned his 150th career victory on Saturday afternoon as the MU defense stifled Presbyterian, holding the Blue Hose to just one offensive score in the 24-14 win. Monmouth improves to 6-2 on the season and 2-0 in Big South play while Presbyterian falls to 2-5 and 0-2 in conference play. The Hawks rolled up 421 yards, with Kenji Bahar (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) throwing for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Reggie White Jr.(Randallstown, MD/Milford Mill). The defense had a pair of interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in the win. Matt Mosquera (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South) got the Hawks on the board first with a career-long 49 yard field goal with 9:14 left in the opening quarter. Presbyterian pulled ahead with the games' first touchdown when defensive back Dirk Cureton stripped Farri and raced 41 yards for a touchdown just 1:50 into the second half. Kenji Bahar (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) hit Moore IV (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul IV) on a 62 yard strike on the ensuing drive but the Blue Hose recorded a pass breakup in the endzone to finished the drive. The Hawks pulled ahead late in the third quarter with a 40-yard touchdown strike from Bahar to Reggie White Jr (Randallstown, MD/Milford Mill). Early in the fourth quarter the duo hooked up again as the Hawks went up 17-7 on a 37-yard strike with 9:23 to play. PC capitalized off of great field position late in the third quarter, needing just two plays to go 30 yards and cut the deficit to 3 on a John Walker to Dohnte Meyers TD. PC never truly threatened from there, while Vinny Grasso recorded a late 26 yard TD to ice the game for the Hawks. "Really happy to come down here and get the win, this is our first win at Presbyterian, a place that has been historically difficult for us to win at. I have to give our kids a lot of credit for battling and coming up with some key plays, especially late. There were some times early on where we struggled to find a rhythm offensively but fortunately our defense was playing very well and kept us in the game right until the very end." Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan "We've gotten a couple of guys back, guys that missed early in the season. They are playing with more confidence and they know that on third down they are able to get off the field. We are using a lot of different players and personnel groups and I think that is paying off for us." Callahan on the play of the defense "They had run that play earlier in the game, where the wideout runs a post so this time I just played it a little tighter and was able to jump the route." Senior Marcus Leslie on his second quarter interception
Callahan, in his 26th season at the helm of the Hawks earns his 150th victory – all with the Hawks
Moore IV finished a career-high 107 receiving yards on six catches, the first career 100+ yard game for the redshirt sophomore.
Tymere Berry's first quarter interception was the second of the season and the fifth of his career.
Marcus Leslie's second career interception ended Presbyterian's deepest drive of the first half
Mosquera's first quarter 49 yard field goal was a career long for the junior, one week after booting a 47 yarder against Campbell
The Monmouth defense held PC to 42 yards rushing, the fourth straight game holding an opponent to under 100 yards rushing
White Jr finished with six catches for 117 yards, his 10th career 100+ yard game which is second all-time and two behind MU leader Miles Austin.
It was the first win for the Hawks in Clinton; with MU taking a 3-2 lead in the conference.
It was the first time this season the Hawks have forced two interceptions in a game
Erik Massey recorded a pair of sacks in the contest and forced a fumbkle
The Hawks had two receivers over 100-yards in the contest
Juwon Farri led the Hawks with 84 yards rushing on 16 carries
Berry led the Hawks in tackles for the second straight week with eight
Justin Terry had seven tackles and a pass breakup
MU's defense held PC to 3-of-14 on third down
UP NEXT Monmouth returns to Kessler Stadium to host Charleston Southern at 1:05 PM.