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Release: November 07, 2012
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Saint Francis University (3-6, 2-4 NEC) at Monmouth University (4-4, 3-2 NEC)
Saturday, November 10, 2012; 12 p.m.
Kessler Field, West Long Branch, N.J.

Radio Coverage:

Shore Sports Network, WOBM 1160AM and1310AM, shoresportsnetwork.com
Eddy Occhipinti (Play by Play); Ed Sarluca (Color Analyst)

Television Coverage:

Today's game will be televised LIVE on Fox College Sports Atlantic, Direct TV channel 623
Fox 8 (Western Pa.) TAPE DELAY: Root Sports Pittsburgh (Monday 11/12 at 7 p.m.)
Broadcasters:  Matt Harmon (Play by Play); Steve Levy (Color Analyst)

Streaming Video Information:

Free streaming video is provided by ESPN3 and can be access by clicking the following link:
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/639513/st-francis-vs-monmouth

Ticket Info:

For tickets call 732-263-6889 or visit www.gomuhawks.com for online sales
Day of game tickets can be purchased at the MAC's ticket window. 

Military Appreciation Day:

Today's game is Military Appreciation Day- Free admission to all current/former members of the military and half price admission ($4 per person) to all family and friends with a military member

MU Football to be featured on SNY

Monmouth's football team and the recovery effort from Hurricane Sandy will be featured on the SNY show SportsNite, airing on Friday, 11/9 at 10:30 P.M.
Below is a teaser which aired on 11/7 http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25473971&topic_id=6479520


A look at the game:
Monmouth and Saint Francis are both coming off of bye weeks, with Monmouth's coming unexpectedly due to the cancellation of the game with Central Connecticut State. The Hawks (4-4, 3-2 NEC) most recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-27 road win over Duquesne while the Red Flash (3-6, 2-4 NEC) are looking to snap a three game losing streak, most recently falling to CCSU by a score of 32-30. The Red Flash started out the season with a 2-2 record, losing to nationally-ranked James Madison and Towson but have since mustered just a 10-3 win over Robert Morris in week six. Today's game will be televised on Fox College Sports Atlantic (FCS)

Monmouth's running game, which had been struggling heading into the Duquesne game, exploded behind a career day from sophomore Julian Hayes. Hayes had a personal best 158 yards rushing on a career-high 36 rushes. The Middletown, Conn. native recorded a pair of touchdowns, including a fourth quarter TD which proved to be the game winner. Quarterback Kyle Frazier completed 15 passes in the contest, with his 14th completion giving him 628, which moved him past Brian Boland for first all-time at Monmouth. Frazier leads the league's highest rated pass attack, averaging 249 yards per contest. The Hawks are second in the league in scoring offense, averaging 29.6 points per game. MU owns the league's best rush defense, allowing 110.75 yards per game, which also ranks 11th in the NCAA.

The Red Flash boast the league's top rushing attack, averaging 225 yards per game  despite losing talented running back Kyle Harbridge to a season-ending injury in the preseason. Senior Keion Wade averages 96.75 yards per game on the ground while dual threat quarterback John Kelly's 76 rushing ypg is eighth in the NEC. Kelly, a senior, has been efficient under center throwing nine touchdowns compared to four interceptions. The Red Flash defense is a young group, without a senior listed on the depth chart. SFU is ranked eighth in the NEC in total defense (416 yards allowed per game) while giving up 30.89 points per game which is seventh in the NEC.

The coaching matchup:
 Kevin Callahan is in his 20th season at Monmouth as the Hawks' head coach. Callahan owns a 113-90 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. Callahan is one of 23 head coaches in the FCS with over 100 career victories.  The only coach in Monmouth history, he has led the Blue & White to five Northeast Conference championships, in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Callahan has earned NEC Coach of the Year accolades in 1998, 2003 and 2006. 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.

Saint Francis is led by third-year head coach Chris Villarrial, who brings a 6-25 career record into today's contest. Villarrial was named the program's 25th head coach in December of 2009 after spending the season as the offensive coordinator of the Red Flash. Last season, Villarrial coached two players to All-American  honors and three to All-NEC  teams. A native of Hershey, Pa., Villarrial spent 11 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman with the Chicago Bears (1996-2004) and the Buffalo Bills (2004-06). While playing for IUP, Villarrial was a three-year All-American and three-year all-conference player. He played in the 1993 Division II National Championship game, and received the Jim Langer Award for Best Lineman in Division II in 1996.

Inside the MU-SFPA series:

Today marks the 20th time that Monmouth and Saint Francis have matched up, with the Hawks owning a 17-2 advantage in the series. Both Red Flash wins have come at home, where Saint Francis is 2-7 all-time against MU. Last season, the Hawks won a shootout at DeGol Field, 48-45, which featured Craig Peterson throwing for 316 yards. Julian Hayes had a big day, rushing for 128 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Hawks. Kyle Harbridge rushed for 197 yards and three scores for SFU, part of a 295 yard rushing day for St. Francis. The teams combined for 945 yards of total offense on the afternoon.

Monmouth Against the Northeast Conference:

Today’s game marks the sixth league contest of the year for Monmouth, after edging Duquesne 28-27 two weeks ago. While a member of the NEC the past 16 seasons, the Hawks own a 68-44 record. Monmouth’s best winning percentage comes against Saint Francis (Pa.), whom the Hawks are 17-2 against all-time. Albany (4-11) and Robert Morris (7-10) are the only NEC teams that the Hawks have a losing record against. Head Coach Kevin Callahan has led his squad to a record-tying five NEC Championships, earning Co-Champion honors in 1996, 1998, 2003 and 2004 while winning the outright championship in 2006.

Did You Know?

Monmouth snapped Duquesne's 10-game home winning streak with its 28-27 victory against the Dukes last weekend. Last year the Hawks went up to CCSU's Arute Field, where the Blue Devils were winners of 15 consecutive games, and defeated Central 24-12 in week three.

Social Media Links:

Follow the Hawks all season long on twitter (@MUHawksFB), Facebook (facebook.com/MUFootball) and on Monmouth's YouTube page (YouTube.com/monmouthhawks).

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