Monarchs Handle the Herd to Become Bowl Eligible
The Old Dominion Monarchs (6-3, C-USA 4-1) got some much-needed revenge on Marshall (2-7, C-USA 1-4) thumping them 38-14 under the bright lights at Foreman Field. With the win, the Monarchs became bowl eligible for the first time in school history.
ODU jumped out of the gates quickly with a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Washington to receiver Jonathan Duhart, and on their next drive, Ray Lawry broke free for a 33-yard touchdown run to put them ahead 14-0 midway through first quarter. Marshall responded quickly with 93- yard touchdown drive ending in a 5-yard pass from quarterback Chase Litton to receiver Ryan Yurachek.
It was all Monarchs from that point forward as Old Dominion scored 24 unanswered points. Quarterback David Washington threw for two more scores, connecting with receivers Zach Pascal and Travis Fulgham. This was Fulgham’s fifth consecutive game with a touchdown catch.
Running back Ray Lawry had another monster game with 27 carries for 209 yards rushing and a score marking Lawry’s fourth career 200-yard rushing game in his career.
“It feels good to have made history, to be the first team to go to a bowl game. And it feels great to finally beat Marshall. They embarrassed us two years ago in front of our home crowd. We were determined that we weren’t going to let them do that again,” Lawry said.
The Monarchs’ offense finished with 461 total yards with 199 yards passing, and 262 yards rushing. ODU’s defense also came to play, led by defensive end Oshane Ximines three tackles and two sacks. Cornerback Brandon Addison held his own with a school single-game record five pass break-ups to go along with three tackles, and two of them for losses. ODU’s stout defense held Marshall to just 214 total yards with only 138 yards passing, and 76 yards rushing.
In what has been a rocky season for the Thundering Herd, they weren’t able to generate anything offensively and were unable to slow the Monarchs down. Marshall was held to just ten first downs to ODU’s 26, and only 3-12 on third down conversions to ODU’s 6-14.
At 4-1 in the conference, the Monarchs are second in the division behind Western Kentucky as they look to stay in the race for first place in that East division. As for now, the Monarchs will celebrate their victory and the fact that they are bowl bound for the first time ever.
“We made history. We’re the first ODU team to go to a bowl game. But our first goal remains, to win the East Division championship,” head coach Bobby Wilder said.
ODU will be back at Foreman Field Nov. 12 as they take on Southern Miss in a crucial conference battle. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.