Slow Start Dooms Monarchs
Harry Howard Jr
For the second straight week, Old Dominion (1-2) started slow, falling to North Carolina State (2-1) 49-22. Playing in front of a crowd of 57,810, the largest crowd the ODU football team has ever played in front of, the monarchs were dominated. With the loss, Old Dominion is now 0-7 against Power 5 schools and O-3 against NC State.
NC States offense was clicking on all cylinders and they shut down Ray Lawry. Lawry had one the worst games of his career, rushing the ball nine times for just 14 yards. Ryan Finley, the Wolfpack’s quarterback, completed 24 of 28 passes for 281 yards, and three touchdowns before going to the bench early in the fourth quarter. Finley torched the Monarchs through the air and his teammates pounded them on the ground rushing for 158 yards as a team.
Coach Wilder said on Finley’s play, “I thought he was a star tonight. There were times when we were in really good coverage and he just put the ball in good spots.”
At halftime, ODU trailed 21-3, but they came out determined to come back. On the Wolfpack’s first drive of the half, the Monarchs stopped them and then scored with a 21-yard touchdown pass from David Washington to Zach Pascal, boosting the score to 21-9. NC State quickly took back control of the game, scoring on their next two possessions to build the lead to 35-9.
Washington had a solid game completing 16 of 26 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Cox was the most productive player for the Monarchs offense, rushing the ball nine times for 91 yards and one touchdown.
Next up for ODU is Texas-San Antonio for homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on the American Sports Network. It’s the Monarchs first conference game of the season and a must-win if they want to reach six wins to secure a bowl bid.
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