NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Many outside the Old Dominion University football program expected the final score at North Carolina State would be at least a three-touchdown differential in favor of the home team. They apparently didn’t see what Bobby Wilder saw in the week leading up to Saturday’s 46-34 loss on Saturday; a loss in which the Monarchs held a 21-10 lead over the Wolfpack and were moving the ball at will.
“Our focus going down there Friday and Saturday before the game was like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Wilder at his weekly press conference. “I’ve been here for six years, and I’ve never seen anything like particularly the locker room before the game.
“They wanted out of there in a hurry. There was no pre-game speech needed because they were so excited to play.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 35-of-49 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. The first scoring strike put ODU on top 7-0, the second gave his team a 14-10 lead.
Freshman running back had a real coming-out party, rushing for 71 yards and three scores.
When all was said and done, the Monarchs’ defense wore out and the offense couldn’t keep up, but if nothing else, it provides a bit of a spark with 10 more FBS games left to play, starting with Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 6:00 pm.
“When we have that mentality, and that attitude, which we didn’t have the previous week going into the Hampton game, we can be a very good football team,” said Wilder, “We showed that Saturday.”