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