OFFENSE ROLLS IN 56-42 WIN OVER GARDNER-WEBB
OILING SPRINGS, NC – Monmouth University (8-3, 4-1 Big South) racked up a school and Big South record 790 yards in a 56-42 win over Gardner-Webb (3-8, 2-3 Big South) on Saturday afternoon. Senior Reggie White Jr caught four touchdowns and amassed 220 yards on 10 receptions while Kenji Bahar threw for a career-high 407 yards and five TDs in the win. White Jr. tied a school and a Big South record with his four receiving scores. The offensive line led the way for a pair of 100-yard backs in Pete Guerriero (182) and Juwon Farri (121) as the Hawks rushed for 359 yards as a team. Monmouth took a 42-21 lead midway through the third quarter on White Jr's second touchdown and despite scoring quickly the Runnin' Bulldogs could never get closer than 14 points. The Hawks got on the board on their opening drive the game with Kenji Bahar scoring his third rushing touchdown of the season, this one from four yards out. The Hawks went up 14-0 on a seven-yard Juwon Farri run on a drive that was setup on a 50 yard pass from Bahar to White Jr. The Runnin' Bulldogs answered with a 91 yard kickoff return by Kyle Horton to cut the Monmouth lead to 14-7 with 8:45 left in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman Zach Tredway recorded his first career touchdown, going 71 yards on a crossing route and out running the Bulldog defense. Gardner-Webb took advantage of a roughing the kicker call on a missed field goal and scored their first offensive touchdown on a A.J. Moses four-yard run. That cut the lead to 21-14 with 12:15 left in the first. After Gardner-Webb tied it up, Pete Guerriero put the Hawks back up 28-21 with one minute left to go in the half on a 65 yard scamper. Notes & Quotes "Very happy to get this win to go 8-3. You have to give a lot of credit to a number of our seniors, all who had big days. Offensively, the game Reggie White had and the play of the running backs and offensive line, I think it was an exceptional day offensively. Overall to finish 8-3 and be in the conversation for a postseason at-large opportunity is all we can ask for at this point. I have to give credit for all of our guys today and seeing this game through It wasn't easy coming back after last week's disappointment but I thought we came out and played hard today and it showed a lot of guts and a lot of pride." – Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan
Monmouth smashed the old Big South record of 699 total offensive yards and the old school record of 681
Reggie White Jr. caught a 24 yards pass on Monmouth's first drive – from Vinny Grasso – to set the Big South record for career reception yards.
Reggie White set the Monmouth single season receiving yards record with 1,133 yards
Bahar also set the single-season record with 2,626 yards, almost 200 yards more than Kyle Frazier's 2012 mark.
Tredway came into the game with two career catches for eight yards.
Guerriero's 65-yard TD run, his longest of the year, capped a 90-yard drive for the Hawks that took 29 seconds
Monmouth is now 4-1 all-time against Gardner-Webb
Farri finished the regular season with 1,024 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 7.4 yards per rush through 11 games
Kenji Bahar and Tre Nelson joined Ryan Wetzel and Tymer Berry as gameday captains
Monmouth recorded six tackles for a loss and three sacks in the game
Kyle Gregory led the Hawks with seven tackles
Justin Terry recorded three pass breakups for the Blue & White
Penalties were lopsided, with Monmouth getting called for 11 compared to just two for GWU
Bahar had 419 total offensive yards. His five touchdown passes tied the Big South and the Monmouth record while his 407 passing yards was the third most in school history.
Marcus Leslie recorded his first career sack in the first quarter
Kyle Gregory picked off his first career interception in the second quarter
Gardner Webb ran for 274 yards and were led by Elijah Perry who had 162 yards on 20 carries
Runnin' Bulldog back AJ Moses had three touchdowns on seven carries
Grasso finished with 171 all-purpose yards and threw a 24 yard pass
UP NEXT Monmouth will wait to see if they earn a bid in the 2018 NCAA Playoffs; with the selection show set for 12:30 on ESPNU.