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Play Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Video and Transcript)
Football 09/18/2017

Good afternoon everybody. Good afternoon to all our 12th Monarchs out there in Monarch Nation. Coming off a disappointing loss at home to North Carolina on Saturday. That puts our record at 2-1. Really disheartened with the way the game started. We had such a good crowd, atmosphere; everybody was in to it. I know I was excited, our players were excited. We just got off to such a poor start in this game, particularly on offense. We didn't have a first down in the first quarter. Three consecutive three and outs and that really put us behind not only field position, but defensively we were on the field for too many plays in the first quarter. We had a poor punt that cost us field position and a turnover. It just felt like everything that could go wrong at the start of this game did and yet we were only down 11-0 after the first quarter even with as badly as we started. There's no doubt in my mind our kids were excited to play, they wanted to play well and then I felt like the game really changed when we made the switch at quarterback. That gave us a new energy and we played much better after that. Special teams wise, we just got off to a poor start. We had a hold on a big return by Isaiah Harper that would have got us the ball at the 50-yard line. We had a 24-yard punt from Bailey Cate who has been punting like one of the best in the nation. After the first quarter he played much better, we played much better on special teams after that. Nick Rice, our freshman, hit a 48-yard field goal that would have been good from much farther. Defensively, the kids just tried to do too much particularly early in this game. We try to stick with the theme of just do your 1/11th on defense. We did not and that put us in some tough spots. Felt like we played much better about midway through the second quarter. We started to play better football defensively. Denzel Williams was outstandin

Monarchs Fall to North Carolina, 53-23
Football 09/16/2017

Freshman Steven Williams threw two touchdown passes in his collegiate debut and Isaiah Harper had a 100-yard kickoff return, but Old Dominion fell to North Carolina, 53-23, on Saturday afternoon.

Where to Watch the ODU vs. North Carolina Football Game
Football 09/14/2017

ODU vs. UNC will be televised on the following networks.

Flyover Set for Saturday's Football Game
Football 09/13/2017

NORFOLK, Va. The Old Dominion University Football game against North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 16 will have a pregame flyover. The pregame flyover will feature a pair of VAW-120 E-2 Hawkeyes that will fly over Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium following the conclusion of the National Anthem. The flyover will be at approximately 3:25 p.m. The lead pilot is Lieutenant Nick Castelli, an Old Dominion graduate. The pilots will be brought back to be recognized at a TV timeout in the third quarter. ODU takes on UNC on Saturday in the first meeting between the two squads in Norfolk. There are a limited number of tickets available. Click here for ticket information.

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe
Football 09/13/2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va. The Bobby Wilder Coach's Show will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Wild Wing Cafe in Chesapeake at 7 p.m.

Game Three Preview: Old Dominion vs. North Carolina
Football 09/12/2017

Old Dominion hosts ACC opponent North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. UNC will be the second Power-Five school to visit Norfolk. NC State was the first in 2015.

Play Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Video and Transcript)
Football 09/11/2017

Good afternoon everybody. Good afternoon to of all our 12th Monarchs out there in Monarch Nation. We are coming off a 17-7 win at UMass this week. The mission accomplished. We went 1-0, which gets our overall record to 2-0. It's always difficult to win on the road as we talked about as a team going into this game. When you travel and play on the road, you have to figure out a way to create your own momentum and the best way to create momentum on the road is don't turn the ball over, which we did, and not to allow big momentum plays. There were really only two significant momentum plays against us in this game. One was the long touchdown pass they had to open the second half, and the other one was when they stopped us on fourth down at their one-yard line. We did a really good job overall in this game with those momentum plays. Defensively we were outstanding. We shut them out in the first half only allowing 96 yards on 24 plays. We've allowed three points in the first half of our first two games, and that is very difficult to do. Our guys have played really good football. We broke our own school record for sacks which lasted only a week. We had seven against Albany last week and we had eight this week in the game against Massachusetts. We're getting really good play out of our front four right now, which is really our front eight. We're rotating two groups through in the defensive line about every four plays. We rotate to try and keep those guys fresh coming off the ball, and having tremendous success in the front, which is obviously helping all aspects of our defense. The third significant thing in this game is we ran the ball well. We didn't run the ball well week one; this week we had 197 yards rushing, which is the number we had last year when we led Conference USA in rushing. If we can continue to build on that, being able to run the ball, play good defense an

Football Game Time at Virginia Tech Set For 2 p.m.
Football 09/11/2017

ODU takes on Virginia Tech Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

Monarchs Sack UMass, 17-7
Football 09/09/2017

ODU set a school record with eight sacks in the win.

Meet the Monarchs: Nick Rice Q&A
Football 09/07/2017

A Q&A with true freshman kicker, Nick Rice.

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe
Football 09/06/2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va. The Bobby Wilder Coach's Show will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Wild Wing Cafe in Chesapeake at 7 p.m.

Game Two Preview: Old Dominion at Massachusetts
Football 09/05/2017

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football opens the 2017 season at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Albany at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Old Dominion (0-0, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Albany (0-0, 0-0 CAA) Date Saturday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. - Norfolk, Va. Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium Where to Watch ESPN3 Listen ESPNRadio 94.1 Series ODU leads 1-0 > ODU finished the 2016 season with a 10-3 record and was one of 26 FBS schools to record a 10-win season. The Monarchs defeated Eastern Michigan 24-20 in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. The contest was the first bowl game in program history. > Albany went 7-4 last season and finished 4-4 in the CAA. The Great Danes defeated FBS Buffalo in the 2016 opener, 22-16. > The Monarchs are 6-2 all-time in regular-season openers. Last season, ODU beat Hampton 54-21. ODU's last setback in the season-opener was in 2013 at East Carolina. > ODU returns 16 starters from last season, including leading rusher Ray Lawry, and defensive end Oshane Ximines, who set the single-season record for sacks with 7.5 > Junior running back Ray Lawry led th