Hawks Host Dukes on Television

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J- Monmouth's football squad opens up the Northeast Conference slate with the first home game of the 2009 season, when Duquesne comes to Kessler Field on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:07 for the contest which will be televised on Fox College Sports and MSG PLUS.

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    HERE IS A LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHUP ...

    Monmouth comes into today's game on a two-game slide after losing back to back game against Colgate and Coastal Carolina. Last week, the Hawks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Coastal Carolina but eventually found themselves down 14 points with less than a quarter to play. With the defense forcing their second interception of the day, Monmouth sophomore quarterback Kyle Frazier tossed his first collegiate touchdown pass, connecting with fifth-year senior Ron Lauch. MU kicked off with just over five minutes left in regulation but could not stop the Chant offense, which was able to run out the final minutes to secure a 24-17 victory.

    The Hawks are looking to avoid starting the second 0-3 for the sixth time in school history. MU started 2007 with four straight losses and 2008 dropping three contests, but finished last season winning seven of the team's final eight games.

    Duquesne comes into today's game with a 1-1 record, most recently dropping a 14-7 contest to Nichols State. The Dukes bring the NEC's second leading pass offense to today's game, averaging 237 yards per game through the air. The Duquesne defense is also ranked second in the nine-team league, allowing just 16.5 points per game in two contests. The Dukes earned a week-one victory over the Patriot League's Bucknell Bison, with two DU quarterbacks throwing for 322 total yards in the 24-19 win.

    HAWKS HOST DUKES ON NEC-TV ...

    Duquesne travels east to the Jersey Shore where Monmouth awaits for the first Northeast Conference battle of the 2009 season. The NEC contest is the first of four to be played in September before the league schedule moves into full swing come October 3. Saturday's game between the Dukes and Hawks, which will kick off at 12:00 pm, can be seen live on NEC-TV. MSG-Plus will carry the live broadcast on September 19 while Fox Sports Net-Pittsburgh will air the game via tape delay (Sept. 20 @ 1:00 pm).

    THE COACHING MATCHUP ...

    Kevin Callahan is in his 17th season at Monmouth as the Hawks' head coach. Callahan owns an 96-68 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. The only coach in Monmouth history has led the Blue & White to five Northeast Conference championships, in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He 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.

    Duquesne is led by Jerry Schmitt is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Dukes. Schmitt owns a 23-17 record (.575) in five seasons in Pittsburgh, which is the third best coaching record in the 100+ years the school has sponsored the sport. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has led Duquesne to at least a share of the MAAC Championship all three seasons since taking over the program. Schmitt was an assistant with the Dukes in the 1985-87 seasons, then coming back to serve as Offensive Coordinator from 1992-1999. He served as head coach of Westminster College from 2000-04, leading the Titans to a 28-21 record and a President's Athletic Conference title. Schmitt graduated from Westminster College in 1982 with a degree in mathematics, where he was an offensive lineman.

    INSIDE THE MU-DUQUESNE SERIES ...

    Saturday marks just the fourth time in history that the Hawks and Dukes have met on the gridiron. Monmouth owns a 2-1 record against Duquesne, with the Hawks winning on the final weekend of the season last year. Quarterback Brett Burke enjoyed one of his best days in a Hawk uniform, throwing 14 completions for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Former MU tight end John Nalbone was Burke's primary target, and he snagged two receptions for 89 yards. David Sinisi rushed for 174 yards on carries with 3 scores on the day.

    The Hawks also defeated the Dukes in 2007. David Sinisi ran for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Ken Amsel returned a Kevin Romach pass for 32 yards and a touchdown. The Duquesne quarterback threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dukes.

    The Dukes edged the Blue & White 12-10 in the 2003 ECAC Bowl, which was held at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. In that game, Monmouth took a 10-6 third quarter lead when Brian Boland hit Michael McClelland on a four-yard pass but the Dukes answered with a 60 yard pass in the fourth quarter to take the lead. MU had a chance to take the lead with six minutes remaining but kicker Steve Andriola was unable to convert a 40 yard field goal.

    MONMOUTH AGAINST THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE...

    Today's game marks the first in league contest of the year for MU. Monmouth owns a 54-33 record all-time against current members of the NEC. While a member of the NEC the past 13 seasons, the Hawks own a 54-29 record. Monmouth's best winning percentage comes against St. Francis (Pa.), whom the Hawks are 14-2 all-time against. Albany (4-7) is the only NEC team that the Hawks have a losing record against. Head Coach Kevin Callahan has led the Hawks to a record-tying five Northeast Conference Championships, earning Co-Champion honors in 1996, 1998, 2003 and 2004 while taking winning the outright championship in 2006. Monmouth has never gone undefeated in the conference but has suffered just one league loss in each of the those championship seasons.


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