NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A win’s a win, but as far as head coach Bobby Wilder is concerned, the Old Dominion University football team is in trouble if their play on Saturday follows them the rest of the season.
The Monarchs prevailed 41-28 in front of an amped up crowd of 35,000 at SB Ballard Stadium, and over an equally amped up Hampton University team Saturday afternoon. Some things fans saw, they expected. Senior quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for 281 yards and three interceptions on 29-of-40 passing.
He also threw two interceptions. Wilder was quick to point out, his quarterback threw only eight all of last season.
“We just did not perform well,” said Wilder speaking to the media after the game, “We didn’t tackle well on defense, we were out of position too much on offense, too many missed blocks, a couple of interceptions that we threw, which we don’t do much on offense.”
On top of that, Hampton quarterback Jaylian Williamson had a Heinicke-like outing, hitting 32-of-45 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns.
The first thing Wilder might try to shore up is his defense, which will now have to contend with an ACC offense, when they head to North Carolina State on Saturday.