ODU defeats UTEP 31-21, bowl hopes still alive

NORFOLK (WAVY) — Old Dominion defeated UTEP 31-21 on Saturday afternoon to keep its bowl hopes alive. David Washington threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, Ray Lawry and Jeremy Cox each ran 42-yards for a touchdown as Old Dominion recovered from a slow start.

The margin of victory was the most by ODU (5-5, 3-3) against Conference USA competition, and the victory means the Monarchs need one win in their final two games to become bowl eligible for the first time since moving up to FBS.

After suffering several blowout losses earlier in the season, ODU now has a chance to salvage what once seemed to be a lost season.

“We’re 3-3 at home and we’ve had some difficult losses at home,” coach Bobby Wilder said. “Our fans had to hang in there through Appalachian State which was an embarrassment, Western Kentucky, the last time we were here, they’ve hung in there with us.”

David Washington started his third game at quarterback and the receiver turned QB seems to be finding his comfort zone.

“I’m getting there, I’m not there yet but I’m getting there,” Washington said.

“The kids are feeling like right now that when David Washington’s playing quarterback there is nothing they can’t accomplish,” Wilder said.

ODU will have two chances to win its sixth game, next week at Southern Mississippi and then the following week in the regular season finale at home against Florida Atlantic.

STATS:

OLD DOMINION 31, UTEP 21
UTEP
9
6
0
6—21
Old Dominion
3
14
7
7—31
First Quarter
UTEP_Batson 7 pass from Leftwich (kick failed), 9:55.

ODU_FG Kirtley 23, 4:18.

UTEP_FG Mattox 22, 1:19.

Second Quarter
ODU_Lawry 42 run (Kirtley kick), 14:12.

UTEP_White 12 pass from Leftwich (pass failed), 1:04.

ODU_Pascal 26 pass from Washington (Kirtley kick), :06.

Third Quarter
ODU_Duhart 11 pass from Washington (Kirtley kick), 1:02.

Fourth Quarter
ODU_J.Cox 42 run (Kirtley kick), 5:02.

UTEP_White 6 pass from Leftwich (pass failed), 3:09.

A_20,118.

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UTEP
ODU
First downs
19
22
Rushes-yards
30-112
31-150
Passing
193
291
Comp-Att-Int
21-38-2
26-42-0
Return Yards
22
32
Punts-Avg.
7-43.9
8-41.0
Fumbles-Lost
1-0
0-0
Penalties-Yards
3-27
5-41
Time of Possession
31:07
28:53
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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING_UTEP, D.Laufasa 11-46, Hughes 6-36, Johnson 2-11,

Leftwich 4-9, J.Laufasa 4-6, Powell 1-4, Redix 2-0. Old Dominion,

J.Cox 15-84, Lawry 5-59, Washington 10-12, Team 1-(minus 5).

PASSING_UTEP, Leftwich 21-38-2-193. Old Dominion,

Washington 26-42-0-291.

RECEIVING_UTEP, Redix 4-75, Plinke 4-32, White 3-20,

J.Laufasa 2-18, Batson 2-13, Freytag 2-13, Ford 2-12, D.Laufasa 1-6,

Golden 1-4. Old Dominion, Pascal 12-145, Duhart 5-49, J.Cox 4-70,

Lawry 2-8, Fulgham 1-10, Hayes 1-5, Strong 1-4.

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