FOOTBALL HOSTS NO. 2 KENNESAW STATE SATURDAY
No. 2/2 Kennesaw State Owls (8-1, 4-0 Big South) at RV/RV Monmouth Hawks (7-2, 2-0 Big South) Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018; 12:05 p.m. Kessler Stadium, West Long Branch, N.J. No. 2/2 Kennesaw State Owls (8-1, 4-0 Big South) at RV/RV Monmouth Hawks (7-2, 2-0 Big South)Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018; 12:05 p.m.Kessler Stadium, West Long Branch, N.J.BROADCAST INFORMATIONESPN3Matt Harmon (Play by Play); Eddy Occhipinti (Color Analyst); Suzi Mellano (Sideline)DIRECTIONS TO KESSLER STADIUMDirections to Monmouth University and Kessler Stadium can be found here:TICKET INFO:For tickets call 732-263-5735 or visit MonmouthHawks.com for online salesDay of game tickets can be purchased at the Austin Family Box Office A LOOK AT TODAY'S GAMEFor the second straight season the matchup between the Kennesaw State Owls and Monmouth Hawks will decide who wins the Big South Championship. With a Hawk win today, Monmouth would clinch at least a share of the 2018 Big South Title while the Owls could win their second consecutive outright BSC crown with a victory.The Hawks come into today's game winners of five straight games, recently defeating Charleston Southern at home 37-3. The Hawks have won 10-straight at home, the second in the Big South only to Kennesaw's 14 consecutive home wins.The Owls are winners of eight straight contests and come into the game as the No. 2 team in the country, boasting the FCS' top rushing offense and a defense that is allowing 10.8 points per game.The Hawks are receiving votes in both the AFCA and STATS FCS polls for the first time since September 17th.Today is senior day; 24 Monmouth players will be honored prior to the contest. It is also Veteran's appreciation day.Today's game can be viewed on ESPN3, with Matt Harmon (pxp), Eddy Occhipinti (analyst) and Suzi Mellano(sideline) on the call. TODAY'S PROMOTIONSAt today's game we will be recognizing Veterans Day; anyone with a military ID will admit you to the game for free. Members of the Monmouth Student Veterans Association were serve as honorary captains. THE COACHING MATCHUPKevin Callahan is in his 26th season at Monmouth as the Hawks' head coach. Callahan owns a 151-120 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. Coming into the season, Callahan's 151 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. Brian Bohannon was introduced as the first head coach in Kennesaw State history in March of 2013. In four years he has turned a brand new program in a nationally-ranked, championship winning team with a 34-11 record. A native of Griffin, Ga., Bohannon has 18 seasons of coaching experience at the FBS and FCS levels, all of which have come while working with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. Most recently Bohannon served as quarterbacks/B backs coach at Georgia Tech under Johnson. He has also coached at Navy and Georgia Southern. A four-year letter winner and standout as a wide receiver at Georgia, Bohannon started his coaching career at West Georgia before earning his first full-time position at Gardner-Webb (N.C.) as wide receivers coach in 1996. INSIDE THE MU-KSU SERIESFourth Overall MeetingOverall Record: KSU 3-0 West Long Branch: KSU 1-0 Kennesaw, GA: KSU 2-0First Meeting: Oct. 31, 2015Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2016Longest MU Win Streak: ---Longest KSU Win Streak: 3 gmsLargest MU W Margin: ---Largest KSU W Margin: 32 ptsSmallest MU W Margin: ---Smallest KSU W Margin: 9 ptsShutouts: ---Overtime Games: --- WHITE JR ADDED TO WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LISTMonmouth University senior Reggie White Jr has been added to the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List, annually given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. White Jr., a fifth-year senior wide receiver, is having his best season as a Hawk. The Randallstown, MD product already set the school and conference record for career receptions (235), which is third among active FCS players. Earlier this season he set the MU record for reception yardage and needs just 66 yards in Monmouth's final two games to become the Big South's all-time leading receiver. White Jr. has caught 57 passes for 865 yards and seven touchdowns this season and has at least one touchdown reception in five consecutive games. White Jr. has caught a pass in 42 of 43 career games for the Blue & White. His 27 career touchdowns trails only Miles Austin (33) in the Monmouth annals while his 5.47 receptions in per game in 2018 ranks fourth in the NCAA.MONMOUTH AGAINST THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE Since starting up Big South league play in 2014, Monmouth owns a 11-13 conference record.The Hawks own a 3-1 record against Gardner-Webb, 1-0 against Campbell, 3-2 against PC, 2-3 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. REGGIE WHITE JR EYES ANOTHER RECORDSenior Reggie White Jr. is on the cusp of another Big South career record, as he needs 66 receiving yards to become the league's all-time leader. The Big South's all-time receptions leader is second in conference annals with 3,105 yards and approaching the career mark of 3,170 set by Liberty's Darrin Peterson from 2012-15. BACK TO BACK SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORSJunior placekicker Matt Mosquera tied a school record with three converted field goals in the win over Charleston Southern, en route to his 13 point day. The junior connected on a field goals of 44, 36 and 25 yards, which was no easy feat considering that the wind was steadily blowing out of the west endzone at 25-35 MPH. Mosquera was also 4-for-4 on extra points, hitting all 31 he has attempted this season. DID YOU KNOW?Last weekend against the Buccaneers Monmouth running backs Pete Guerriero and Juwon Farri each recorded 100-yard rushing days. Guerriero led all rushers with 117 yards on the ground while Farri finished with an even 100. It was the first time MU had two backs over 100 yards in a game since Guerriero and Eric Zokouri did it last year aga against Liberty. A LOOK AT TODAY'S GAME
For the second straight season the matchup between the Kennesaw State Owls and Monmouth Hawks will decide who wins the Big South Championship. With a Hawk win today, Monmouth would clinch at least a share of the 2018 Big South Title while the Owls could win their second consecutive outright BSC crown with a victory.
The Hawks come into today's game winners of five straight games, recently defeating Charleston Southern at home 37-3. The Hawks have won 10-straight at home, the second in the Big South only to Kennesaw's 14 consecutive home wins.
The Owls are winners of eight straight contests and come into the game as the No. 2 team in the country, boasting the FCS' top rushing offense and a defense that is allowing 10.8 points per game.
The Hawks are receiving votes in both the AFCA and STATS FCS polls for the first time since September 17th.
Today is senior day; 24 Monmouth players will be honored prior to the contest. It is also Veteran's appreciation day.