NORFOLK, Va. – Kesean Strong scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Blake LaRussa to cut Marshall’s lead to 28-20 with five minutes left but two late touchdown runs from Tyler King gave Marshall a 42-20 win Saturday night in Norfolk.
ODU trailed 14-3 at halftime and 21-3 after an Anthony Anderson four-yard score midway through the third quarter.
The Monarchs mounted a comeback covering 75-yards in seven plays capped by a one-yard TD pass from LaRussa to Travis Fulgham to make the score 21-10.
ODU cut the lead to 21-13 on a 41-yard field goal from Nick Rice early in the fourth quarter, but Anderson rushed for his third score of the game to push the score back to 28-13.
Old Dominion once again cut the lead to eight, this time on a Strong touchdown catch, before King’s two touchdowns sealed the win for the Herd.
Following a Malik Gant interception inside the red zone, Anthony Anderson put Marshall on the board first with a 22-yard touchdown run to cap a 10 play, 88-yard drive.
Alex Thompson hit Tyre Brady for a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Thundering Herd a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
ODU got on the board with a 30-yard Nick Rice field goal at the end of the half, capping a 14 play, 55-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by an 18-yard catch by Will Knight on third and 11.
LaRussa completed 31-of-54 passes for 296-yards, two touchdowns and an interceptions. True freshman Will Knight carried 11 times for 70-yards, while Isaiah Harper caught a season-high eight passes.
Justinn Richardson and Sean Carter had a team-high eight tackles, while Oshane Ximines had seven tackles, his first career interception and a sack.
Notes: Marvin Branch and Justin Cooper were game captains along with Oshane Ximines and Isaiah Harper … Justinn Richardson made his first career start at safety in his third career game … Jonathan Duhart made a catch in his 35th-straight game … Oshane Ximines notched his first career interception … The game was a sellout of 20,118 … Will Knight had a career-long catch of 18 yards in the first half … 29-yard reception longest gain of career for tight end Donta Anthony … Travis Fulgham scored a touchdown in his fourth-straight game … Oshane Ximines now has a sack in six-straight games … Ximines now has 8.5 sacks on the year, tying the school record he set last year … Justinn Richardson had a career-high eight tackles in his first career start …. In his second career game, Will Knight rushed for 70-yards and caught two passes for 29-yards … Jonathan Duhart’s streak of five-straight 100-yards receiving games was snapped. He finished with five receptions for a season-low 31-yards … Keion White caught a career-long 27-yards pass.