Hawks Looking Forward After Dominant Win Over Rhode Island
Talk about a bounce back win, a 41-6 thrashing of the University of Rhode Island was just what the doctor ordered for Monmouth after a disappointing week one loss to Lehigh. It was as complete a win as I have seen in the three plus years of broadcasting MU football on the Shore Sports Network.
First let’s talk about the defense which was dominant. After giving up 21 points to Lehigh in the first half, it has now yielded only 6 points and NO touchdowns in six quarters. There was pressure by the front four, solid tackling and excellent coverage down field. The unit seems to be playing together and with confidence it has not had in over two years. The stat that jumps off the page for me is the 1-10 that URI had on its third down conversions. Third down is so key and when you hold a team to 10%, you are doing something right. The biggest part of the game was after the Hawks defense held the Rams to a FG after a fumble deep inside the MU end.
On the offensive side of the ball, it was much of the same with an offense that was both balanced and explosive as nine different players caught passes and the run-pass split with yardage was 272-267. Four different players rushed over 50 yards and the very experienced offensive line showed complete control of the line of scrimmage as Kyle Frazier was sacked just once.
Congrats to MU QB Kyle Frazier who was named NEC offensive player of the week after going 18-28 for 264 yards and 3 TD passes. He also ran for 57 more yards and guided an offense that went for 539 yards of total offense.
Wagner has been a team that has handled MU in recent years and comes in a very dangerous team at 0-2 with losses to Georgetown last week and FBS school Florida Atlantic in week one.
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