Oct. 8, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior QB Brian Boland threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to senior wide receiver Miles Austin to help the Monmouth University Hawks come away with a 45-14 win over Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference football tilt Saturday.
Sacred Heart, 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference, took a 7-0 lead on a 77-yard touchdown run by senior Ed Pricolo (Johnston, RI) with 9:11 to play in the first quarter. Pricolo, who finished with 113 yards on 18 carries, became the school's all-time leading runner on the TD run. He now has 2,475 yards, passing Brian Ihlefeld who ran for the Pioneer from 1993-96.
After the SHU score, Monmouth ran off 45 straight points starting with a Boland-to-Miles 20-yard TD strike with 6:29 left in the first.
The Pioneers failed to move the ball on their next possession and had to punt from midfield. The snap on the punt sailed far of the head of punter David Whalen (Clinton, CT) back to his own nine. He picked up the ball and got it out to the 19 where the Hawks took over. Four plays later, Boland connected with Austin for another score from five yards out and a 14-7 lead.
Monmouth, 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEC, made it 21-7 with 8:22 left in the first half when Boland hit Miles for a 59-yard score. Another miscued snap on a SHU punt with 1:31 remaining in the second sailed through the end zone for a Monmouth safety, putting the Hawks up 23-7. A 38-yard Fred Weingart field goal after the free kick gave Monmouth a 26-7 lead at the intermission.
Sacred Heart received the opening kickoff in the second half, but Pioneer QB was intercepted by Mike Castellano on the first play, giving the Hawks the ball at the SHU 46. Two plays later Boland and Miles completed their fourth TD hookup, this one for 38 yards to give Monmouth a 33-7 lead.
The third bad snap on a punt for the Pioneers with 10:22 left in the third quarter resulted in another Monmouth safety, tying an NCAA record for safeties in a season. The Hawks have recorded five two-pointers in five games.
The Hawks got one more TD in the game with 5:59 left in the third quarter on an eight-yard pass from Boland to junior running back Walter Carter. Weingart tacked on a field goal with 5:37 remaining in the game to put the Hawks up 45-7.
Freshman Evin Jones scored his first career touchdown for the Pioneers on a 60-yard run with 4:05 left in the game to close out the scoring.