ODU hangs on to defeat Hampton 41-28

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Old Dominion opened the 2014 season with a 41 to 28 win over nearby Hampton University.

The Pirates were playing their first game under new head coach Connell Maynor and they were hanging tough with ODU which is playing its first season as a member of the FBS.

The Monarchs took a 28 to 14 lead into the locker room at the half, but Hampton kept things close throughout the second half.

Quarterback Jaylian Williamson, who went Oscar Smith, outplayed ODU’s heralded signal caller Taylor Heinicke. Williamson was 32 of 45 and threw three touchdowns and one interception.

Heinicke was 29 of 49 for 281 yards, three TD’s and two interceptions. Two of Heinicke’s touchdowns were to Zach Pascal.

Both of his interceptions were by former ODU basketball player Breon Key.

ODU used a ground attack led by sophomore Gerard Johnson to help move the offense. He rushed the ball 22 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, ODU forced four turnovers, but it surrendered 416 yards to Hampton’s offense and Monarchs coach Bobby Wilder was not pleased.

“Overall this was a poor performance by our football team,” Wilder said. “Just far too many mistakes in all three phases. On special teams, not fielding a kickoff return, we had three long returns we allowed, a 25-yard punt, missed extra point. Defensively, giving up 400 yards passing to a team running a brand new offense, and offensively, we turned the ball over.”

Old Dominion plays at NC State next week. Hampton hosts William & Mary.

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