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Monarchs Rally to Retain Silver Mace, Defeat W&M, 41-31

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Release: November 10, 2012
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Nov. 10, 2012

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NORFOLK, Va. - Tyree Lee ran for a career-high 166 yards while Taylor Heinicke threw four touchdown passes as No. 4 Old Dominion came from behind to defeat William and Mary 41-31 Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

ODU moves to 9-1 on the year and 6-1 in the CAA while the Tribe fall to 2-8 overall and 1-6 in league play

The Monarchs retain the Silver Mace and earn 10 key points against W&M in the Optima Health Challenge.

After a high scoring first half that finished with a 28-27 W&M lead, all that was on the board in the third quarter was a 19-yard field goal by John Carpenter to give the Tribe a 31-27 lead.

The Monarchs came through in the fourth quarter as Heinicke tossed his fourth TD pass of the game, this one an 18-yarder to Antonio Vaughan to complete a nine play, 79-yard drive and give ODU a 34-31 lead.

On the following drive, senior defensive back picked off William and Mary's Michael Graham in the end zone and the Monarch offense drove 80 yards in eight plays and scored on a Lee 16-yard run to push the lead to 41-31. The Monarch defense came up with one more stop to ice the game.

The Tribe got on the board first as Michael Graham hit Sean Ballard down the middle of the field for a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Old Dominion returned the favor quickly going 70-yards in just five plays capped by a 39-yard TD strike from Taylor Heinicke to Nick Mayers. Mayers broke free down the left sideline and Heinicke hit Mayers in stride for the score.

William and Mary retook the lead on the ensuing possession needing just one play, as Graham found Tre McBride down the left sideline for a 72-yard catch and run for a 14-7 Tribe lead.

The Monarchs struck back again as Heinicke hit Mayers for a 19-yard score to make the score 14-13, but ODU went for two and failed. After the Monarchs forced a W&M punt, Antonio Vaughan picked up a rolling boot from Drake Kuhn at the ODU 30, bounced out to the left and raced 70 yards for an ODU score and the first punt return TD in school history to put the Monarchs on top 20-14.

The ODU came up big again as Craig Wilkins picked off Michael Graham on the Tribe's next possession and returned it to the 16 and the Monarchs capitalized as Heinicke connected with Blair Roberts for six yards to give ODU a 27-14 advantage.

The Tribe came back to score the final 14 points of the first half with a seven and four yard TD passes from Graham to Tre McBride.

Lee finished his career day with 166 yards on a career- best 28 carries and a score while Heinicke had 43 yards on the ground as well as going 28-of-43 through the air for 291 yards and four touchdowns.

Mayers caught nine passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while Lee had four receptions for 44 yards and Larry Pinkard had four catches for 34 yards.

Graham was 19-39 passing for the Tribe but was intercepted three times, and threw for 353 yards.

Ballard had seven catches for 133 yards while Tre McBride had five catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Craig Wilkins, Carvin Powell and Paul Morant all had interceptions for ODU while John Darr had a team-best nine tackles.

The Monarchs are on the road next week for the final regular season game of the season as they travel to James Madison for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Notes
- Craig Wilkins recorded an interception in the second quarter, grabbing an INT in the second-straight game.

- Today's game captain was Michael Colbert. - Nick Mayers caught two TD passes, giving him 11 on the year and the first ODU receiver to record double-digit TD receptions in a single-season.
- Carvin Powell intercepted his second pass of the season to snuff out a W&M drive. It was the sixth pick of Powell's career.
- Paul Morant intercepted his first pass of the season and third of his career. - Tyree Lee rushed for a career-high 166 yards for ODU.
- Taylor Heinicke had four TD passes for ODU, the fourth time this season he's had four or more TD passes.
- Before the game, ODU honored its 17 seniors; Alex Arain, Kai Blanco, Chris Burnette, Brandon Carr, Michael Colbert, Fred Credle, Robbie Duncan, Chris Lovitt, Nick Mayers, BJ McLaughlin, Nate Ong, Perry Owens, Jonathan Plisco, Carvin Powell, Erik Saylor, Devon Simmons and Craig Wilkins.

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