Football - Archives November 2017

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Game 12 Preview: Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee
Football 11/21/2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Old Dominion University Football travels to Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 25 to complete the 2017 regular season.

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Moves to Wednesday This Week
Football 11/21/2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va. The Bobby Wilder Coach's Show will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Wild Wing Cafe. Hosted by Ted Alexander, the voice of ODU athletics, the show is carried live on ESPN Radio 94.1 in Norfolk, Lynchburg affiliates WLVA 94.1 and Fox Sports 580, WNTW 820 AM and 97.7 FM The Answer in the Richmond market.

Play Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Video and Transcript)
Football 11/20/2017

Good afternoon everybody, good afternoon to all our 12th Monarchs out there in Monarch Nation. Coming off a big win Saturday at home versus Rice that puts us in position to play another big game this weekend. This was our fifth one score game in a row, it feels like every game we've played recently has come down to the last play of the game. To score on the last drive in this game in the two-minute drill was pretty exciting. Our third straight win, big thank you to all the 12th Monarchs who were out there loud and proud, this was a big game for a lot of reasons. It was our seniors last home game, the Shriner's game, Military Appreciation, so to end it with a win was special. It was a game that certainly we got off to a slow start, in this game we went three and out on offense, we had a poor punt, Rice went right down the field and scored and at that point things were not looking good. Our kids rebounded, the Shriners MVP Steven Williams had a 24-yard touchdown run that got the game tied after the first quarter. At that point I felt like our defense played exceptional football probably as well as they've played all year from that 10-minute mark in the first quarter all the way through rest of the first quarter, second and third quarter our defense shut them out. We had seven straight stops at that point and really played well, trying to get used to that triple option offense which is very difficult to defend. Special teams, this was not a good performance for us, we were 1-for-3 on field goals, we got one blocked, we only punted for a 31-yard average in the game. We did have a couple bright spots, on Brad Davis's five kickoffs he had four touchbacks and Pat Toal had a blocked field goal which certainly helped. Defensively, normally you feel really good about 62 plays, 331 yards and 21 points, but the frustrating part for our defense was giving up a couple touchdown

Williams Late Score Lifts ODU Over Rice, 24-21
Football 11/18/2017

NORFOLK, Va. Steven Williams scored from six yards out with 37 seconds left to give Old Dominion a 24-21 win over Rice Saturday night at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Miklo Smalls scored for Rice with 2:05 left on a three-yard run to put the Owls up 21-17, but ODU drove 75-yards in 1:28 to take a 24-21 lead with 37 seconds left. Sean Carter intercepted Smalls to seal the win for the Monarchs. Williams starred in ODU's game-winning drive, starting the drive with a nine yard run followed by a five-yard first down run by Lawry. Williams hit Lawry and Marques Little for back-to-back first downs, before firing to Melvin Vaughn for 10-yards to convert a third and four to the Rice six to set up the game-winner. Late in the third quarter Lawry put Old Dominion (5-6, 3-4) on top 17-7 with a five-yard run, but Rice scored twice in the fourth quarter to take the 21-17 lead. Rice (1-10, 1-6) got on the board first with a five play, 53-yard drive as Austin Walter ran in from eight yards out to give the Owls the 7-0 lead. On ODU's third drive of the game the Monarchs drove 80-yards in eight plays, capped by a 24-yard touchdown run from Steven Williams. Brandon Sinclair carried twice on the drive for 24-yards, while Isaiah Harper caught four passes on the drive for 30-yards. ODU took its first lead of the contest on a 32-yard field goal by Nice Rice. The drive was a 15 play, 65-yard drive. Williams was 20-of-29 for 188 yards and no turnovers, while adding 46 yards on the ground and two scores. Lawry carried 18 times for 110-yards and a scored, and three catches for 26-yards. Little let the team with five catches for 53-yards. Jordan Young registered a career-best 14 tackles. NOTES: ODU honored its 13 seniors in a pregame ceremony, including Brandon Addison, Josh Marriner, Marques Little, Melvin Vaughn, Andre Bernhard, Rob Thompson, Brandon Simmons, Ray Lawry,

Ximines Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
Football 11/16/2017

NORFOLK, Va. Old Dominion University redshirt junior defensive end Oshane Ximines was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, CoSIDA announced on Thursday. A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Ximines has started all 10 games for the Monarchs at defensive end this season. He has a team-best six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss, and 34 tackles. He also has three forced fumbles and seven quarterback hurries. Ximines posts a 3.5 grade point average and is majoring in finance. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.

Several Events Scheduled for Saturday's Military Appreciation Game
Football 11/15/2017

NORFOLK, Va. The Old Dominion University Football game on Saturday against Rice will not only be the 68th Oyster Bowl game, but also the Military Appreciation Game. Prior to the national anthem, at approximately 1:45pm, a two-plane flyover will take place. First, a World War II era AD-4 Skyraider, that flew out of Chambers Field will pass over, followed by a modern day Grumman C-2A Greyhound that is currently stationed at Chambers Field from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40). One of the members of the C-2A squadron that will be performing the flyover is Alexander Shaw, the step-father of ODU offensive lineman, Eric Magwood. The executive officer of Naval Station Norfolk, Captain Bradley Rosen, will be present at the game and will be recognized on the field during halftime as part of the Marching Monarch's halftime show. He will be presented with a jersey patch worn by the team during the game and a game ball signed by Coach Wilder. The ODU Joint ROTC Choir will perform God Bless America on the field during the third Quarter Break. The team will wear a jersey patch during the game of the Naval Station's centennial logo to honor this milestone. As part of Military Appreciation Day, ODU will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of Naval Station Norfolk, the largest U.S. Navy installation in the world, located just minutes from the ODU campus. The City of Norfolk has hosted more than 30 events over the course of this year to celebrate the anniversary. More than 25 percent of the ODU student body is military-affiliated and more than 2,000 ODU students have served or are currently serving in the military.

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe
Football 11/15/2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va. The Bobby Wilder Coach's Show will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Wild Wing Cafe in Chesapeake at 7 p.m. Hosted by Ted Alexander, the voice of ODU athletics, the show is carried live on ESPN Radio 94.1 in Norfolk, Lynchburg affiliates WLVA 94.1 and Fox Sports 580, WNTW 820 AM and 97.7 FM The Answer in the Richmond market.

Game 11 Preview: Old Dominion vs. Rice
Football 11/14/2017

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football hosts Rice on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The contest is the home finale for the Monarchs.

The 68th Oyster Bowl is Saturday, and the Game Will Continue Through At Least 2022
Football 11/14/2017

The 68th annual Oyster Bowl Game will take place Saturday November 18 at 2 p.m. when the Old Dominion Monarchs play host to the Rice Owls at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Proceeds from the Oyster Bowl will go to Shriner's Hospital for Children. "The Oyster Bowl is certainly a fixture within the fabric of Norfolk sports history and Foreman Field," stated ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig. "Roger Staubach, Bruce Smith, Tayor Heinicke and so many other college greats have participated in this game over the years." The first Oyster Bowl game was played in 1946. Since then more than 3.75 million dollars have been raised. "The money raised is distributed to 22 state-of-the-art Shriner's Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico" stated Terry Riley, Chairman of the Oyster Bowl Committee. A newly signed contract between the Shriners and Old Dominion ensures the Oyster Bowl game will continue through at least 2022. "It's great that we'll be able to spread the word about the tremendous work they're doing at Shriner's Hospitals for Children to a new generation" added Reilly. "Our fans look forward to the game each fall and helping the Shriner's Hospitals for Children is something we can all get behind. It's a great event for a great cause," Selig said. Last year a sellout crowd saw ODU defeat FIU 42-28 in the Oyster Bowl game. Ray Lawry rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns to earn the Mel Blassingham Award as the game's MVP. Among numerous fundraising activities tied to the game, one dollar from each ticket sold will go to Shriner's Hospital for Children. Tickets for the 2017 Oyster Bowl game are available at

Play Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Video and Transcript)
Football 11/13/2017

Good afternoon everybody good afternoon to all our 12th Monarchs out there in Monarch Nation. Coming off a 37 to 30 win at FIU which was a very good win for our team on the road against a team that was 6-2, 4-1 in the league. They were undefeated at home. So to go down there and get that win, very proud of everybody in our organization. We approached this game as our backs were to the wall, that was the mindset we had as a team knowing that we had to get this win to continue to make these November games relevant, and our guys were definitely ready to play. We had a 24-14 lead at the half, and then in the second half although we allowed a lot of yards, we were able to get a couple turnovers, stopped a fake punt, they were huge momentum plays for us in this game. Starting with our special teams, Nick Rice continues to be a weapon for us, he was 3-for-3 on field goals from 41, 18, and 23, and he made all four of his extra points. At this point in his true freshman season, he's 13-15 on field goals, 21-21 extra points, he's making 94% of his kicks. The two that he missed, one was blocked early in the year against UNC that would have been good, and he missed a 46 yarder against Charlotte. Really proud of the way Nick is performing, and then we also got the tackle for loss by Miles Fox on their fake punt that they attempted late in the third quarter. At that point they had momentum, they had cut the lead to 24-23 and they went for the fake. We were in what we call a punt safe look, which means our defense is on the field we just took Rob Thompson and put Darrell Brown as the returner. So, we were defending some type of a play they might run and potentially giving up any shot at a return. Miles Fox made an outstanding play which got us the ball on their 46, we went down and scored to get the lead back to 31-23. Defensively, it was really about getting the turnovers in this

Lawry Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week
Football 11/13/2017

IRVING, Texas Old Dominion University senior running back Ray Lawry was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, C-USA announced on Monday. Lawry had 19 carries for a season-high 168-yards and two touchdowns in the Monarchs' 37-30 win at FIU on Saturday. He also caught three passes for 14-yards and a touchdown. Lawry scored on runs of one and 40-yards, and added an 11-yard touchdown catch. He also had a 65-yard run, the second longest run of his career. For the season, Lawry has 99 attempts for 535 yards and six touchdowns in six games. He also has eight catches for 29 yards and a score.

ODU Knocks Off FIU, 37-30
Football 11/11/2017

MIAMI, Fla. Steven Williams passed for a career-high 240-yards and two touchdowns while Ray Lawry rushed for 168-yards and scored three times as Old Dominion University Football defeated FIU 37-30 Saturday night in Miami. An Alex Gardner touchdown run and FIU safety cut the ODU lead to one at 24-23, but Lawry punched in his third score of the game from a yard out to put ODU on top 31-23. A pair of Nice Rice field goals put the score at 37-23 before a Tony Gaiter IV touchdown with 20 seconds left. FIU recovered the onsides kick but the final Hail Mary pass fell incomplete. FIU got on the board first with a Napoleon Maxwell three-yard touchdown run, but the Monarchs came back to tie the score with a nine-yard pass from Steven Williams to Melvin Vaughn. A 65-yard pass from Williams to Isaiah Harper set up the score. After a defensive stop, Williams hit Harper again, this time for 39-yards to set up Ray Lawry's 40-yard touchdown run to put the Monarchs on top, 14-7. FIU came back with an 11 play, 75-yard drive to tie the score at 14 with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Alex McGough to Shermar Thornton. Nick Rice gave ODU a 17-14 lead with a 41-yard field goal to cap an eight play, 52-yard drive. The Monarchs got another defensive stop and got the ball back with just over a minute to go, and drove 85-yards in seven plays capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Lawry to give ODU a 24-14 halftime lead. Williams was 17-of-24 for 240-yards and two score, while Lawry rushed 19 times for 168-yards and two rushing TD's, and caught three passes for 14 yards and a score. Jordan Young led the defense with nine tackles. Notes: Brandon Addison, Oshane Ximines, Melvin Vaughn and Bunmi Rotimi were game captains for ODU ... Gemonta Jackson recorded his first career start at running back ... Isaiah Harper recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game ... Ray Lawry ru