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Football Receives ESPY Nomination For Win Over Virginia Tech

June 19, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University football team’s win this year over No. 13 Virginia Tech has been nominated for an ESPY Award, ESPN announced on Wednesday. The historic win for ODU is listed under Best Upset.

The Monarchs beat the Hokies 49-35 on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Norfolk. Quarterback Blake LaRussa passed for 495-yards, the second most ever allowed by a Tech defense, and four touchdowns, while Jonathan Duhart and Travis Fulgham combined for 18 receptions for 330-yards and four touchdowns.

LaRussa earned multiple National Player of the Week honors, as well as Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, while Oshane Ximines, who had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week.

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, ODU had a 1.8 percent chance of beating the Hokies prior to kickoff. This marked the biggest upset by an FBS team in the 14 years of ESPN’s Football Power Index predictions.

Click here to vote. After clicking on the link, scroll down to the second category to vote for Best Upset.

The ESPY Awards recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. This year's ESPY's take place on Wednesday, July 10 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET. The show is presented by ABC and was formerly aired by ESPN. The show will be hosted by Tracy Morgan.

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