FOOTBALL HOSTS CSU IN CRUCIAL MATCHUP
Charleston Southern Buccaneers (3-4, 1-1 Big South) at Monmouth Hawks (6-2, 2-0 Big South) Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018; 1:05 p.m. Kessler Stadium, West Long Branch, N.J. BROADCAST INFORMATION ESPN3 Matt Harmon (Play by Play); Eddy Occhipinti (Color Analyst); Suzi Mellano (Sideline) DIRECTIONS TO KESSLER STADIUM Directions to Monmouth University and Kessler Stadium can be found here: TICKET INFO: For tickets call 732-263-5735 or visit MonmouthHawks.com for online sales Day of game tickets can be purchased at the Austin Family Box Office A LOOK AT TODAY'S GAME
Monmouth comes into today's game against Charleston Southern looking for their fifth-consecutive win of the 2018 season and looking to get their first win over the Buccaneers at home.
Charleston Southern suffered a 38-10 setback to No. 2 Kennesaw State last week snapping a two-game winning streak for the Bucs. CSU is looking for its second conference win after defeating Presbyterian 41-7 two weeks ago.
The win at Presbyterian gave Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan his 150th - the ninth active FCS coach with that many wins.
Monmouth comes into today's game with the second highest scoring offense in the Big South at 32.2 points per game while Charleston Southern's defense is allowing 24.6 points per game which is third in the six team league.
Today's game can be viewed on ESPN3, with Matt Harmon (pxp), Eddy Occhipinti (analyst) and Suzi Mellano(sideline) on the call.
TODAY'S PROMOTIONS Saturday's game is Youth Football and Spirit Day; all programs who place a ticket request in advance will receive a special discount. THE COACHING MATCHUP Kevin Callahan is in his 26th season at Monmouth as the Hawks' head coach. Callahan owns a 150-120 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. Coming into the season, Callahan's 150 victories ranks him 9th among active coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision. The only coach in Monmouth history, he has led the Blue & White to five conference championships, in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006 and its first at-large playoff berth in 2017. Callahan has earned conference coach of the year accolades in 1998, 2003 and 2006 and was named as an Eddie Robinson Award finalist in 2017, finishing 10th in the voting. Prior to arriving in West Long Branch, Callahan served as defensive coordinator at Colgate for eight seasons and at Wagner for three years. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Albany (1977-79) and Syracuse (1980) before becoming a Seahawk assistant in 1981. Mark Tucker enters his second season as Charleston Southern Head Coach. Tucker was elevated to head coach in 2017 after serving as quarterbacks coach during the most successful four-year run in program history.Tucker was an integral part of a staff that completely transformed CSU Football. CSU has won 35 games over the last four seasons, capturing a pair of Big South Conference championships and playoff berths in the process. The Bucs advanced to the national quarterfinals in 2015 and have been ranked in the top-25 for 22 consecutive weeks dating back to that campaign. Tucker, a Charleston native, coached former CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell at East Tennessee State and was an assistant at The Citadel in the 1990's. Tucker played at ETSU from 1982-'86 and was a three-year letterman at quarterback. In his six seasons as an assistant at The Citadel, Tucker was a part of record-setting offenses for the Bulldogs. In his final season of 1996, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. INSIDE THE MU-CSU SERIES Fifth Overall Meeting Overall Record: CSU 3-1 West Long Branch: CSU 2-0 Charleston, SC: Tied 1-1 First Meeting: Nov. 1, 2014 Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2017 Longest MU Win Streak: 1 gm Longest CSU Win Streak: 3 gms Largest MU W Margin: 3 pts Largest CSU W Margin: 30 pts Smallest MU W Margin: 5 pts Smallest CSU W Margin: 27 pts Shutouts: CSU 1 Overtime Games: --- FARRI ADDED TO JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST Monmouth University running back Juwon Farri has been named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List. The Jerry Rice Award, named after the Hall of Fame Receiver, is presented by STATS to the nation's top FCS freshman. Since the award's inception in 2011, Monmouth has had five players named to the Watch List, including Farri. Monmouth has had two previous running backs named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, most recently sophomore Pete Guerriero who finished eighth in the voting in 2018. The freshman currently leads the Big South in rushing with 758 yards, despite starting just three of Monmouth's eight games this season. Farri has put together four 100+ yard rushing performances while reaching the end zone six times. He is averaging an impressive 8.15 yards per carry, which ranks second in the nation. Earlier this season Farri tied the Monmouth record for all-purpose yards with 263 while he's averaging 101.6 all-purpose yards per contest in 2018. MONMOUTH AGAINST THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE
Since starting up Big South league play in 2014, Monmouth owns a 10-13 conference record.
The Hawks own a 3-1 record against Gardner-Webb, 1-0 against Campbell, 3-2 against PC, 1-3 vs CSU and and 0-3 vs Kennesaw State. Monmouth has yet to face future BSC opponent Northern Alabama.
Monmouth followed up a 0-5 season in '16 in Big South play by going 4-1 in 2017. The Hawks were selected to finish second in the Big South in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
MU was 0-3 against members of the Big South prior to joining the league, including dropping a home and home series with Coastal Carolina and a non-conference tilt with Liberty.
CALLAHAN WINS 150TH CONTEST AT THE HELM OF THE HAWKS With the win over Presbyterian last week, Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan earned his 150th career victory. Callahan's 150 wins is the ninth most among active FCS coaches and just one of four to do it with one team.