WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth raced out to a first half lead and held off visiting Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at Kessler Stadium, 37-3.
The Hawks (7-2, 3-0) scored the first 27 points of the game (24 in first half) and recorded 450 total offensive yards in the contest in their second consecutive win over the Buccaneers. London Johnson recorded 213 total yards (117 passing/96 rushing) in the contest in the CSU (3-5, 1-2) loss.
Charleston Southern was unable to take advantage of early Monmouth offensive miscues as the Bucs' first drive stalled at midfield. Utilizing the wind, Tyler Tekac's 55-yard field goal attempt had the distance, but went wide to swing the ball back to the Hawks.
MU responded with 24 first half points with Kenji Bahar targeting Terrance Greene, Jr. and Vinny Grasso for receiving touchdowns. Matt Mosquera connected on a 44-yard field goal just before the halftime break to send the teams into the locker room.
Tekac connected on a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Bucs on the board and continued his advance in the CSU career scoring category. The senior sits 15 points behind Nick Ellis (214, 2003-07) in the Bucs' career records.
Kenny Dinkins highlighted CSU's offensive efforts with 69 receiving yards. EJ Pride recorded a career-high 16 tackles (14 solo) to pace the Bucs defensively.
Bahar finished 15-of-25 through the air for 155 yards and three touchdowns. He added four carries for 52 rushing yards in the game. Pete Guerriero (22 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD) and Juwon Farri (21 carries, 100 yards) both eclipsed the century-mark on the ground in the win.
Monmouth's defense was led by Erik Massey's four tackles, while Justin Terry added an interception on the afternoon.
How They Scored
- Pete Guerriero scored on an eight-yard carry to cap a nine-play, 62-yard drive with 2:13 left in the first quarter to put the Hawks on the board early.
- Kenji Bahar connected on his first touchdown pass of the afternoon on a six-yard slant to Vinny Grass to end a 14-play, 87-yard drive and put Monmouth up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
- Bahar targeted Terrance Greene, Jr. on the 17-yard crossing pattern with 2:08 left in the first half for the Hawks' third touchdown of the game.
- Matt Mosquera and the Hawks took advantage of a CSU penalty late in the first half and the placekicker drilled the 44-yard field goal attempt as the clock expired to send the teams into the break.
- Mosquera continued to connect for Monmouth with a 36-yard field goal with 11:41 left in third quarter.
- Tyler Tekac converted a 22-yard field goal attempt at the 8:01 mark in the third quarter to put CSU on the board and cap a seven-play, 69-yard drive.
- Mosquera was good from 25 yards out for his third field goal of the game with 11:09 left in the fourth quarter to stretch the MU lead to 30-3.
- Bahar connected with Reggie White Jr. for his third touchdown pass of the game hitting the wide receiver in the left corner from 18 yards out to put Monmouth back in the scoring column with 8:11 to play.
Inside the Statistics
- Monmouth held the 450-252 total offensive yard edge in the contest.
- The Hawks held the 39:05-20:55 in time of possession in the game.
- London Johnson narrowly missed out on his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 96 ards on 19 carries on Saturday afternoon.
- Taz Lindsey took an option pitch in the first half for 28 yards for his lone carry in the game.
- Johnson was 8-of-19 through the air for 117 yards and an interception.
- Saire Davis led the Bucs' receiving efforts with four catches for 24 yards.
- Monmouth's 295 rushing yards was the second-most rushing total the Bucs have given up in 2018.
- Kenji Bahar finished with 207 total offensive yards to lead the Hawks.
- E.J. Pride finished the game with a career-high 16 tackles, including 14 solo stops on Saturday.
- Kyle Reighard finished with a 41.2 yards per attempt punting average, including a season-long 55-yard punt.
- Edward King added 11 tackles in the loss.
News & Notes of Interest
- Monmouth's running back duo of Pete Guerriero (117) and Juwan Farri (100) was the first time CSU allowed a pair of teammates to eclipse 100 yards rushing since Presbyterian's Rouse/Byrd achieved the mark in 2012.
- E.J. Pride's 16-tackle game tied the Bucs' defensive season-high in the mark with Shadarius Hopkins (16 vs. Elon).
- CSU was held under 150 yards rushing for the third consecutive game and fourth time this season.
- CSU was limited to nine first downs for the fourth time this year.
CSU Play of the Game
CSU Player of the Game - E.J. Pride
Charleston Southern returns to Charleston, S.C. and Buccaneer Field next weekend as the Bucs host the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs for Senior Day on Saturday, November 10. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. with Senior Day festivities scheduled to start 25 minutes prior to kickoff. The game will be streamed live via ESPN+.