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Williams Late Score Lifts ODU Over Rice, 24-21

November 18, 2017
By ODU Athletics

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 Nick 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, Bunmi Rotimi, Reed Buce, Manny Matiarena, Darius Garcia and Torrez Wentz … Brandon Addison, Oshane Ximines, Melvin Vaughn and Bunmi Rotimi were game captains … Nick Rice’s 32-yard second quarter field goal was his 14th of the season, tying him with Jarod Brown for most field goals in a season … Oshane Ximines tied TJ Ricks’ single-season record for forced fumbles with four, and also Ricks’ career forced fumbles record with seven … Ximines tied his own school record with 7.5 sacks this season … Ray Lawry rushed for his 45th career touchdown … Jordan Young matched his career-high with 11 tackles … Ray Lawry recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game … Marques Little’s five catches were his most since six grabs at UTSA in 2015 … Steven Williams was named the Mel Blassingham Oyster Bowl Game MVP.

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