Football Hangs On for 45-42 Win Over Hampton
Sept. 17, 2011
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NORFOLK, Va. - Larry Pinkard returned a blocked punt five yards and Thomas DeMarco ran for two touchdowns in the last seven minutes as Old Dominion hung on to defeat Hampton 45-42 Saturday night in Norfolk.
ODU held a 17-14 halftime lead and quickly stretched the lead to 10 on a five-yard Angus Harper touchdown, but Hampton came right back, catapulted by a Justin Blake interception, with 13-straight points, two field goals by Taurean Durham and a 42-yard fumble return by Jeremy Jermin to take a 27-24 lead.
The Monarchs retook the lead as James Faircloth blocked a Jordan Stovall punt and Larry Pinkard returned it five yards for the 31-27 lead. It was the Monarchs' 15th blocked punt and the third time in the two meetings with the Pirates that ODU has blocked a punt.
The Pirates' Jorrian Washington gave Hampton the lead back briefly with a nine yard run, but DeMarco led ODU on two scoring drives, one a 14 play, 67-yard drive and the other a 10-yard drive after Edmon McClam sacked Hampton quarterback David LeGree and forced a fumble.
Hampton scored with just over a minute left, but the ensuing onsides kick went out of bounds.
DeMarco finished the night 20-of-29 passing, with 172 yards, while rushing for 29 yards with two scores. Angus Harper and Colby Goodwyn comined to run for 199 yards, with Harper leading the way with 111 and two scores.
LeGree finished 25-of-35 passing for the Pirates for 260 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for 66 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Monarchs were led by redshirt junior linebacker Craig Wilkins with 17 stops, while Chad King recorded eight tackles, and Eriq Lewis had seven. McClam also finished the night with a pair of sacks.
The ODU Football Monarchs return to action in their first CAA Football contest when they travel to FCS national runner-up Delaware for a noon kick next Saturday. The game will air live on Cox Ch. 11 in the Hampton Roads area, as well as, The Comcast Network, and Comcast New England with Marc Zumoff and Kevin Reilly calling the action.
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With Penn falling to Lafayette, 37-12, Old Dominion now brings the nation's longest win streak among FCS schools to its first Colonial Athletic Association contest at Delaware next week. The Monarchs have won eight straight games dating back to its 50-37 set back to nationally ranked Cal Poly back on November 9th of last season.
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