For Second Straight Season Appalachian State Downs ODU
Boone, N.C.- Old Dominion came out in their all-black uniforms to counter the white out at Kidd Brewer Stadium. It was a much better showing for the Monarchs this season falling 31-7 after being shutout 49-0 last season.
Three different times ODU turned the ball over on downs on Appalachian States side of the field. With kicker, Chris Kirtley nursing a lower body injury Bobby Wilder elected to go for touchdowns instead of field goals.
They may have lost by 24 points but the game was very competitive. After being dominated in the first half ODU gave up just seven points in the second half. Coach Wilder said, “I’m frustrated. This is something Old Dominion football is not used to in its brief history and that’s the defense trying to carry the offense. And that’s what it felt like today.”
ODU struggled to get in a groove on offense and was outplayed by their own defense. David Washington could not find his rhythm all game long completing just 16 of 34 passes for 152 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. He was sacked three times and hit another five times. Washington said, “We let the defense down. When our defense plays like that, we’ve got to put points on the board. We’ve got to help them out.”
The game looked like it was getting out of hand when Appalachian State took a commanding 17-0 lead after Michael Rubino nailed a 20-yard field goal. ODU responded with its first touchdown of the day with a seven play 92-yard drive. Ray Lawry carried the ball just 15 times for 119 yards scoring the Monarchs lone touchdown on his 20th birthday. Lawry touches were limited because of a pulled hamstring. Appalachian States running back Marcus Cox outperformed Lawry carrying the ball 18 times for 133 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Sept. 17 ODU will be back on the field playing against the North Carolina State Wolfpack.