After just the first game of his sophomore season, Old Dominion running back Ray Lawry leads the nation in rushing yards. For his 223 yards and four touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, Conference USA named Lawry the Offensive Player of the Week.
Head coach Bobby Wilder, ever complimentary of his running back, also made sure the guys who opened the holes got their praise as well. “Remember now, (Lawry) didn’t have much going at halftime. We weren’t blocking well, and he wasn’t particularly hitting the holes the right way,” said Wilder at his weekly press conference.
“The second half, our guys made a couple adjustments on the offensive line; coach (Brian) Scott, coach (Bill) Dee, and the guys up front made the adjustments and really turned it on in the second half.”
The Monarchs (1-0), twice down by 14 points, got a number of timely stops on defense and two tying scores from Lawry to take down the Eagles (0-1) 38-34.
“It’s so hard to win on the road in college football,” said Wilder, who’s team opens their home schedule on Saturday against Norfolk State.