A rare game for the blue hose
PC hosts Monmouth in Thursday night showdown
- The Presbyterian College football team returns home to host Monmouth in the first ever Thursday night game at the current Bailey Memorial Stadium.
- The two teams have met twice on the gridiron, both coming in the last two seasons since Monmouth joined the Big South for football in 2014. PC won the first ever meeting with an 18-12 win in Clinton in 2014, before Monmouth evened the series with a 21-16 win in 2015.
• In the 2015 meeting, Ben Cheek was was 9-of-18 passing for 93 yards and a touchdown, while DaShawn Davis caught four passes for 44 receiving yards and a score. PC defense forced two turnovers in the game.
• In the 2014 matchup, PC racked up 415 yards of total offense and held the ball for nearly 38 minutes in the contest, while the defense kept MU to just 51 rushing yards.
Last time out
- Presbyterian dropped its conference opener at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, falling 24-3 to the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
• PC trailed just 10-3 at the half, after a 24-yard field goal by Brett Norton cut the lead to one score. The Blue Hose were unable to sustain any offense in the second half and GWU put across a touchdown in each of the final quarters for the victory.
- Ben Cheek completed a career-high 19 passes for 124 yards, also career-high, in his third start of the year. Grant Beidel led the defense with a career-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Bridges Approaching 2,000-Yard Mark
- Darrell Bridges enters play this week with 1,882 rushing yards for his career, second-most in PC’s Division I era, coming in 24 career games for the Blue Hose.
• Bridges would become just the second player in the program’s Division I history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. Lance Byrd currently sits atop of the Division I era career list with 2,631 rushing from 2009-12.
- The running back also sits tied for fourth on the career touchdown list with 11. He is just three touchdowns shy of second place. Demarcus Rouse holds the D1 era record with 22 touchdowns.
• For his career, Bridges is averaging 78.4 rushing yards per game for 24 games.