Old Dominion finishes regular season 9-3 after 42-28 win over FIU

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NORFOLK (WAVY/AP) — Ray Lawry rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns and Old Dominion defeated Florida International 42-28 on Saturday.

With the Monarchs’ victory, Old Dominion (9-3, 7-1) tied Western Kentucky atop the Conference USA’s East Division. However, Western Kentucky, which defeated the Monarchs last month and beat Marshall 60-6 Saturday night, will face West champ Louisiana Tech in the conference title game on Dec. 3. The Monarchs have won five straight games.

“9-3 is a great feeling,” ODU wide receiver Zach Pascal said. “The better feeling is proving the doubters wrong.”

Old Dominion was picked in the preseason to finish 6th out of 7 teams in the C-USA’s East Division.

The bowl bound Monarchs will next play in their first postseason game since making the move from FCS to FBS.

“We have 6 kids on the team that were FCS football players in 2012 when we last had postseason but they red shirted,” coach Bobby Wilder said. “They have a sense of what postseason is like. The other 108 players on our team don’t know what postseason means, we just know we are going some place and spending four days and it’s gonna be special. Ive been coaching for 30 years and it’s one of those seasons that I wish would never end.”

FIU
7
7
7
7—28
Old Dominion
14
0
14
14—42
First Quarter
ODU_Lawry 22 run (Davis kick), 13:09.

FIU_Smith 36 pass from M.Alexander (Taylor kick), 9:39.

ODU_Pascal 11 pass from Washington (Davis kick), 3:00.

Second Quarter
FIU_Branisel 18 pass from C.Alexander (Taylor kick), :51.

Third Quarter
FIU_Brown 45 interception return (Taylor kick), 14:15.

ODU_Lawry 2 run (Davis kick), 12:07.

ODU_Fulgham 18 pass from Washington (Davis kick), 5:22.

Fourth Quarter
ODU_Cox 6 run (Davis kick), 13:50.

ODU_Lawry 24 run (Davis kick), 10:43.

FIU_C.Alexander 20 run (Taylor kick), 1:23.

A_20,118.

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FIU
ODU
First downs
16
27
Rushes-yards
36-97
51-312
Passing
135
209
Comp-Att-Int
11-23-1
15-25-1
Return Yards
40
82
Punts-Avg.
7-0.0
3-0.0
Fumbles-Lost
1-0
3-2
Penalties-Yards
3-42
3-24
Time of Possession
29:28
30:32
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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING_FIU, Gardner 10-53, Jones 13-42, C.Alexander 6-30, M.Alexander 7-(minus 28). Old Dominion, Lawry 24-194, J.Cox 15-62, Pascal 2-27, D.Washington 8-23, J.Cooper 2-6.

PASSING_FIU, M.Alexander 3-6-1-53, C.Alexander 8-17-0-82. Old Dominion, D.Washington 9-17-1-141, LaRussa 6-8-0-68.

RECEIVING_FIU, Branisel 3-44, Smith 2-50, Owens 2-18, Gardner 2-6, S.Thomas 1-9, Scott 1-8. Old Dominion, Pascal 8-101, Harper 2-43, Duhart 2-24, Lawry 2-23, Fulgham 1-18.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_FIU, Taylor 48.