Monmouth University (1-3) at Columbia (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, September 28, 2013; 12:30 p.m.
Robert K Kraft Field (17,000), New York, N.Y.
Radio Coverage: Shore Sports Network, WOBM 1160AM and 1310AM, shoresportsnetwork.com
Matt Harmon (Play by Play); Eddy Occhipinti (Color Analyst)
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A LOOK AT THE GAME:
Today’s game will be the first meeting between Monmouth and Columbia. Monmouth is coming off its first win of the 2013 season after dominating the first 55 minutes of its game against Holy Cross last week. Columbia, which opened it season last weekend against Fordham, dropped a 52-7 game against the nationally-ranked and unbeaten Rams.
Monmouth broke into the win column last weekend in Worcester with a 21-14 win over Holy Cross, in the first meeting between the teams. The Hawks dominated the majority of that game building a 21-0 lead with the Crusaders scoring twice in the final five minutes due to short fields. MU’s defense shut down an impressive Crusader rushing attack, holding them to 55 yards during the entire game. Despite only holding a 7-0 lead at halftime, MU out gained Holy Cross by a 203-85 margin. For the second straight week, running backs Julian Hayes and K.B. Asante eclipsed the 100-yard plateau, the first time in school history that has been done back to back weeks. Junior wideout Lamar Davenport got the scoring going with a 17 yard touchdown right before the half with the two backs each getting in the endzone. The MU defense forced three sacks, including two from the defensive line and one from senior linebacker Dave Damirgian. The win was Monmouth’s first over a Patriot League opponent since defeating Colgate in 2006.
Columbia opened its season against one of the hottest teams in the country in Fordham, who was one week removed from upending FBS opponent Temple. The Lions suffered a 45 point setback to the 16th ranked Rams, who blew open a 10-0 halftime lead by scoring three times in the final three minutes of the third quarter. Columbia was dealt another blow when it announced that highly touted Stanford quarterback transfer Brett Nottingham and senior defensive tackle Seyi Adebayo suffered season ending injuries against the Rams. Columbia did rack up 227 yards through the air but committed five turnovers including two interceptions and three lost fumbles in the contest.
THE COACHING MATCHUP:
Kevin Callahan is in his 21st season at Monmouth as the Hawks’ head coach. Callahan owns a 115-94 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. Callahan is one of 21 active head coaches in the FCS with over 100 career victories and his 114 victories ranks 15th among active FCS coaches. The only coach in Monmouth history, he has led the Blue & White to five 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.
Pete Mangurian is in his second year as the head football coach at Columbia, and has gone 3-8 in his first season plus. Mangurian is no stranger to the Ivy League, having served as the head coach at Cornell from 1998-2000. After finishing last in the Ivy League in his first season, Mangurian helped Cornell jump to second place in the conference before his departure in 2000. Prior to Columbia, Mangurian spent many years coaching in the NFL, spending time with the Giants, Falcons, Buccaneers, Patriots and Broncos. He also coached at multiple FBS schools, including New Mexico State, Stanford, Southern Methodist, and his alma mater, LSU.
INSIDE THE MU-COLUMBIA SERIES:
Today marks the first time that the Hawks and Lions will meet. Columbia, a member of the Ivy League, has sponsored football since 1870.
HAWKS TO JOIN THE BIG SOUTH IN 2014
In February of 2013 Monmouth University officially accepted a invitation to join the Big South Conference as an associate member in the sport of football. With most of the Big South schedule already set, the Hawks were forced to play an independent schedule for the first time since 1995. The Hawks signed a four-year deal with the Big South and will compete for the league’s auto bid to the FCS Playoffs with Liberty, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian and Gardner Webb, beginning in 2014.
OVER 100 FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
After rushing for 106 and 103 yards respectively against Lehigh, running backs Julian Hayes and Kwabena Asante repeated the feat against Holy Cross, as Hayes went for 130 and Asante rushed for 118. Asante found the endzone for the second consecutive week, and Hayes scored for the first time since Week 1 at Montana State. When the two went for 100+ against Lehigh, it was the first time two MU backs broke the century maek since 10/6/07, when David Sinisi ran for 200 and Bobby Giles had 119 against Sacred Heart. MU has had two backs both break 100 yards two other times since 1998. On 9/29/01 against Canisius, Chad Smith went for 120 and Matt Merklinger ran for 104, and on 10/16/99 against St. Francis, when Chad Smith had 122 Mike Trombetta added 106.
DID YOU KNOW?
Columbia won the 1933 Rose Bowl with a 7-0 win over Stanford, the only bowl game in the history of the program. The Lions also have 11 players in the College Football Hall of Fame; the last of which was Bill Swiaki who played in 1946 and 1947 before playing five seasons in the National Football League.
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