ODU routs Marshall 38-14, becomes bowl eligible

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/AP) — David Washington threw for three touchdowns and Old Dominion led all the way to beat Marshall 38-14 on Saturday night.

The victory means the Monarchs have become bowl eligible for the first time since moving up to FBS.

“Finally, ever since the transition three years ago, not really being in a conference for the CAA and then the transition year and then last year it’s been rough, but now I’m just happy,” David Washington said.

Washington had 199 yards passing for the Monarchs (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA). Ray Lawry ran for 209 yards and a score and Brad Davis added a field goal.

Washington threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Duhart and a 23-yard strike to Zach Pascal in the first half while Lawry had a 33-yard rush for another score to lift the Monarchs to a 21-7 advantage at the break.

On the Monarchs’ opening drive of the second half, Lawry ran 44 yards to help set up a Washington scoring pass to Travis Fulgham four plays later and Old Dominion led 28-7 with 11:17 left in the third.

“The locker room is going crazy right now,” Lawry said. “I’m happy to finally beat Marshall and make it to a bowl game in front of our home crowd. It’s a great feeling, been waiting for this all season and for all of our hard work to pay off it’s a great feeling.”

The feeling is especially meaningful for Bobby Wilder, who was hired in 2007 to start football back up at ODU.

“Old Dominon made history tonight,” Wilder said.  “I could not be any more proud, what a feeling. I got hired 10 years ago when we started in an academic room by myself, to playing Chowan in the first game, not even knowing who we were, the CAA, now the transition. To do this in our 8th year, and the crowd tonight, unbelievable. That locker room was nothing I’ve felt in 30 years of coaching.

Next week ODU hosts Southern Mississippi.