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MonmouthHawksMONM
3-3, 2-1 Conf
40
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BRY7771435
35
BryantBulldogsBRY
4-3, 2-2 Conf

Monmouth (NJ) 40, Bryant 35

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Monmouth's defense stopped Bryant on fourth-and-1 from its 6 with 1:03 left to hold on for a 40-35 Northeast Conference victory on Saturday.

The Hawks (3-3, 2-1) took a 40-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter on Craig Peterson's 18-yard pass to Neal Sterling, but the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) cut it to 40-35 with 5:31 left on Mike Croce's 11-yard pass to Matt Tracey.

Bryant forced the Hawks to punt and Ryan Mohr's short kick traveled just 21 yards before being downed at the Monmouth 46 with 2:12 remaining.

After two first downs moved the ball to the 15, a fumble by Croce lost 5 yards. He picked up 14 yards on third-and-15 with a pass to Jose DePadua, but his fourth-down pass from the 6 was incomplete.

Jordan Brown carried 26 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns for Bryant. Julian Hayes rushed for three touchdowns for Monmouth.

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2015 Big South Conference Standings

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Coastal Carolina4-29-3
Liberty3-36-5
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Gardner-Webb2-44-7
Presbyterian College1-52-9

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Duquesne5-18-4
St Francis (PA)4-26-4
Sacred Heart3-36-5
Bryant3-35-6
Central Connecticut3-34-7
Robert Morris2-44-7
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