Sean Carter
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Game 11 Preview: Old Dominion vs. Rice

November 14, 2017
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football hosts Rice on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The contest is the home finale for the Monarchs.

Old Dominion (4-6, 2-4 C-USA) vs. Rice (1-9, 1-5 C-USA)
Date Saturday, Nov. 18 • 2 p.m. • Norfolk, Va. • Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
Where to Watch
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ODU Leads 1-0

> ODU won at FIU, 37-30, while Rice fell to Southern Miss, 43-34.

> Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder is 71-36 all-time.

> True freshman quarterback Steven Williams won his first career game as a starting quarterback and threw for a career-best 240-yards. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes and added 18-yards rushing.

> Senior running back Ray Lawry carried 19 times for 168 yards and had two rushing touchdowns. A one-yarder and one from 40-yards. He also had three catches for 14-yards, including an 11-yard touchdown reception.

> Isaiah Harper registered his first career 100-yard receiving game, catching three passes for 108 yards. Harper caught passes of 65 and 39 yards.

> Nick Rice kicked three field goals in a game for the second time this season and was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points.

> Jordan Young led ODU with nine tackles and added a forced fumble.

> Brandon Addision had eight tackles, while Joe Joe Headen added seven stops and a fumble recovery.

Protect the Ball
For the first time this season, ODU was a +2 in the turnover battle and for the second-straight game did not turn the ball over. The Monarchs forced a pair of FIU fumbles in the fourth quarter to help exted its lead.

ODU Turnover Margin
First Eight Games: -11
Last Two Games: +3

Sack Attack
ODU has 27 sacks on the season. The Monarchs lead Conference USA and rank 23rd in FBS. The Monarchs have had at least one sack in every game this season.

Rank Team Sacks
1. Old Dominion 27
2. Marshall 26
3. Southern Miss 23
4. Rice 22

Leave the Flags at Home
ODU has just 41 penalties on the year, despite the outlier of nine penalties against WKU. ODU is tied for the eighth fewest penalties in FBS and tied for the sixth fewest penalty yards in FBS. ODU and Rice are the two least penalized teams in Conference USA.

C-USA Fewest Penalties

Rank Team Penalties
1. Old Dominion 41
2. Rice 44

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