Oshane Ximines
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ODU Blanks Charlotte, 6-0, for First-Ever Shutout

November 04, 2017
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion earned its first shutout in program history with a 6-0 victory over Charlotte on Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

A pair of Nick Rice field goals was all Old Dominion (3-6, 1-4 C-USA) needed, as the Monarch defense held Charlotte (1-8, 1-4 C-USA) to just 231 yards of total offense, including 95 yards passing. The 231 yards is the lowest total ODU has allowed this season.

Old Dominion forced a Charlotte three and out to begin the game and took a 3-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal by Nick Rice. ODU carried nine times for 30-yards on the drive, including 31-yards from Lawry. Blake LaRussa completed five passes for 20-yards in his first start since UMass.

Rice's second field goal of the contest was a 30-yarder to put ODU up 6-0 midway through the third quarter. ODU got the ball at the Charlotte 48 following the only turnover of the game, a forced fumble by Oshane Ximines recovered by Marvin Branch.

Offensively, Ray Lawry paced the Monarchs' run-based attack with 98 yards on 25 carries. Steven Williams completed 15-of-25 passes for 153 yards and Isaiah Harper caught six passes for 46 yards and also added 10 yards rushing.

Overall, ODU outgained Charlotte, 326-231, and held nearly a 20-minute advantage in time of possession (39:04-20:56).

Defensively, Branch posted a team-high eight tackles and also recovered a fumble, while Oshane Ximines had a forced fumble that led to the game's lone turnover.

Notes: Old Dominion sold out its 59th straight home game … Brandon Addison, Oshane Ximines, Bunmi Rotimi and Melvin VaNotes: Old Dominion sold out its 59th straight home game … Brandon Addison, Oshane Ximines, Bunmi Rotimi and Melvin Vaughn were game captains for Old Dominion … Junior Justin Noye started his first career game … Justin Noye recorded his first career half sack in the first quarter … Nick Rice’s 40-yard field goal was his ninth of the season … His 10th field goal of the year was a 30-yarder in the third quarter … Oshane Ximines forced his sixth career fumble, second in ODU history to TJ Ricks who had seven … Marvin Branch recovered his fifth career fumble, tied for third most, also with Ricks ughn were game captains for Old Dominion … Junior Justin Noye started his first career game … Justin Noye recorded his first career half sack in the first quarter … Nick Rice’s 40-yard field goal was his ninth of the season … His 10th field goal of the year was a 30-yarder in the third quarter … Oshane Ximines forced his sixth career fumble, second in ODU history to TJ Ricks who had seven … Marvin Branch recovered his fifth career fumble, tied for third most, also with Ricks ... The shutout is the first in the nine-year history of the program ... The eight first downs allowed is tied for the fewest ODU has allowed as an FBS squad (2016, Marshall) ... The 231 yards allowed is the third fewest ODU has allowed since 2014 ... It is the first win in ODU history without scoring a touchdown.

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