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Monarchs Host Howard in Home Opener on Saturday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: September 10, 2013
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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University football Monarchs host Howard on Saturday, Sept. 14 in the home opener.

Notes about the Game

• After facing the first two FBS opponents in school history, Old Dominion comes to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium for the 2013 home opener against Howard.

• Junior Cam Boyd gave the Monarchs a boost off the bench, rushing for a team-best 58 yards and scoring the only TD of the game for ODU.  On that scoring drive, Boyd carried the ball seven times for 41 yards.

• Wide receivers Melvin Vaughn and Gerard Shillow caught their first career passes for ODU.  Vaughan caught a pass over the middle and broke several tackles before being brought down after a gain of 30 yards.

• For the first time in school history, Old Dominion played its first two games of the season away from home.  ODU is 3-1 in home openers, the only loss coming in 2010, a 35-25 setback to Jacksonville.

• Old Dominion is 8-0 against schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  ODU has a pair of wins over Savannah State and North Carolina Central and a win over Norfolk State in the 2011 playoffs.  ODU is 3-0 against Hampton.  This will be ODU's first ever meeting with Howard

• ODU is 38-12 under head coach Bobby Wilder, appearing in the FCS playoffs the only two years they were eligible for a postseason bid.

•  After never catching more than six passes in a game, Larry Pinkard caught eight in the opener at ECU and a team-best seven for 96 yards last week at Maryland.  Pinkard has just missed a 100-yard receiving game both times.

On the field for the First Time

ODU had 19 players play a collegiate game for the first time last Saturday at East Carolina.  Seven more Monarchs saw their first collegiate action in week two at Maryland.

ECU
Zach Pascal
Terrell Reid
Chris Smith
Richie Staton
Jevon Neal
Rob Thompson
Joe Pulisic
Gerard Johnson
Cam Boyd
Jake Walsh
Anthony Wilson
D.J. Simon
Larry Alston III
TJ Ricks
Melvin Vaughan
Gerard Shillow
Gary Scruggs
Scott Wiggins
Kanyia Anderson

Maryland
David Washington
Phil Paulhill
Sandy Chapman
Malik Gumbs
Ely Anderson
Tyler Fisher
Kyle Bottoms

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