Old Dominion forces five turnovers in 51-35 win over Southern Miss

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/AP) — David Washington threw for two touchdowns as Old Dominion took advantage of five Southern Mississippi turnovers to post a 51-35 win on Saturday.

Washington had 144 yards passing for the Monarchs (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA). Jeremy Cox and Ray Lawry ran for two scores apiece.

Old Dominion quickly turned fumbles by Keon Howard on USM’s first two drives into touchdowns with scoring runs by Lawry to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Two plays into USM’s fourth drive, Brandon Addison picked off a Howard pass and Cox ran it in for the Monarchs three plays later to make it 21-0 with 3:58 left in the period.

Howard was forced into action after Southern Mississippi lost its other quarterbacks to injuries including Nick Mullens, the Conference USA player of the year.

Rashaad Coward scored on another Howard fumble in the fourth quarter, returning the ball seven yards to give the Monarchs a 51-28 lead with 4:13 to play.

“It’s all about the turnovers,” ODU coach Bobby Wilder said.  “We took the ball away five times and did not turn the ball over. That’s been the key to our success this year, we’re one of the best teams in the nation in turnover margin and we needed that today.”

Old Dominion travels to Boca Raton for a road game against Florida Atlantic.

Southern Miss
0
7
14
14—35
Old Dominion
21
14
7
9—51
First Quarter
ODU_Lawry 2 run (B.Davis kick), 11:02

ODU_Lawry 2 run (B.Davis kick), 11:02

ODU_J.Cox 3 run (B.Davis kick), 3:58

Second Quarter
USM_Howard 2 run (Brauchle kick), 10:05

ODU_Duhart 5 pass from D.Washington (B.Davis kick), 6:55

ODU_Fulgham 39 pass from D.Washington (B.Davis kick), 1:19

Third Quarter
ODU_J.Cox 67 run (B.Davis kick), 11:29

USM_I.Smith 1 run (Brauchle kick), 6:54

USM_I.Smith 2 run (Brauchle kick), :07

Fourth Quarter
USM_I.Smith 1 run (Brauchle kick), 6:54

ODU_safety, 7:44

ODU_Coward 7 fumble return (B.Davis kick), 4:13

USM_Ricard 55 pass from Howard (Brauchle kick), 3:53

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USM
ODU
First downs
21
10
Rushes-yards
55-222
31-170
Passing
230
150
Comp-Att-Int
12-24-1
13-19-0
Return Yards
125
105
Punts-Avg.
3-37.66
8-37.87
Fumbles-Lost
6-4
0-0
Penalties-Yards
4-34
2-20
Time of Possession
34:39
25:21
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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING_Southern Miss, Howard 28-98, I.Smith 20-97, T.Parks 3-25, Payne 3-4, Jones 1-(minus 2). Old Dominion, J.Cox 4-77, Lawry 17-71, D.Washington 3-28, (Team) 3-(minus 3), Pascal 4-(minus 3).

PASSING_Southern Miss, Howard 12-24-1-230. Old Dominion, LaRussa 1-1-0-6, D.Washington 12-18-0-144.

RECEIVING_Southern Miss, Ricard 3-84, Staggers 2-56, Robertson 2-34, Allen 2-9, Whitehead 1-27, I.Smith 1-11, T.Parks 1-9. Old Dominion, Duhart 5-52, Pascal 4-24, Fulgham 1-39, Lawry 1-28, Strong 1-7, Vaughn 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.