Scores

Final

Monmouth 21

(4-5, 2-4 away)

Sacred Heart 24

(8-2, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Campus Field, Fairfield, CT

1 2 3 4 T
MONM 7 0 7 721
SHU 17 7 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: R. Noel (SHU) - 184 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Hayes (MONM) - 15 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Dube (SHU) - 6 REC, 74 YDS

Sacred Heart rides defense, beats Monmouth 24-21

Associated Press

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart jumped out to an early lead and the defense held off a resurgent Monmouth offense, holding on for a 24-21 win on Saturday.

Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2 Northeastern Conference) opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by RJ Noel with 10:37 left in the first quarter. Julian Hayes tied the game with a 58-yard touchdown run just over three minutes later before the Pioneers scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.

After Brandon Hill hit Thaddeus Richards for a 19-yard touchdown late in the third, Kwabena Asante's 2-yard score brought Monmouth (4-5) within three, 24-21, with 6:25 remaining.

The Sacred Heart defense stiffened, however, as Preston Sanford intercepted Hill three plays later and, following a Sacred Heart turnover, forced a four-and-out on the ensuing drive.

Kevin Sperduto paced the Sacred Heart defense with 11 tackles, three for a loss, including 1 1/2 sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONM
SHU
1st Downs1916
Total Yards340301
Passing201184
Rushing139117
Penalties3-302-30
3rd Down Conversions7-176-19
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers42
Possession33:2226:38

Passing Leaders

MonmouthC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill21/362015.612
Sacred HeartC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Noel16/331845.611

Rushing Leaders

MonmouthCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes151057.0158
Asante12776.4120
Sacred HeartCARYDSAVGTDLG
Noel12433.6116
Spence16422.6014

Receiving Leaders

MonmouthRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sterling67011.7020
Phillips23618.0019
Sacred HeartRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dube67412.3019
Webb13636.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONMSHU
TD10:37Rj Noel 4 Yd Run (Chris Rogers Kick) 07
TD07:34Julian Hayes 58 Yd Run (Eric Spillane Kick) 77
TD04:51Pat Casey 4 Yd Pass From Rj Noel (Chris Rogers Kick) 714
FG00:04Chris Rogers 38 Yd 717
SECOND QUARTERMONMSHU
TD00:56Moses Webb 51 Yd Fumble Return (Chris Rogers Kick) 724
THIRD QUARTERMONMSHU
TD02:46Thaddeus Richards 19 Yd Pass From Brandon Hill (Eric Spillane Kick) 1424
FOURTH QUARTERMONMSHU
TD06:25Kwabena Asante 2 Yd Run (Eric Spillane Kick) 2124