Steven Williams
Steven Williams
Keith Lucas

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.

MORE IN Football

MONARCH MEDIA
CUSA.tv

play
Lala Davis
play
Bobby Wilder Press Conference (Virginia Tech Week)
play
Wake Up With Wilder (Episode Three)