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 Nick 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.
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 rushed for his 43rd career touchdown … Melvin Vaughn caught his seventh career touchdown pass … Vaughn’s touchdown catch was his team-best third of the year … Steven Williams threw for a career-best 230 yards in just the first half … His previous high was 181 at North Texas … Ray Lawry rushed for more than 100-yards for the 20th time in his career ... It was the second, three field goal game of Nick Rice's career.