ODU wins first-ever bowl appearance

NASSAU, BAHAMAS (WAVY) — Old Dominion beat Eastern Michigan 24-20 in the 2016 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl. The Monarch won their first-ever bowl game in their first-ever bowl appearance.

Monarch fans are gathering all over Hampton Roads for Bahamas Bowl watch parties. 10 On Your Side Photographer Larry Carney found these fans at Cogan’s Pizza North in Norfolk.

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Friday’s game is the first bowl appearance for ODU since the school switched to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Monarchs enter the game with a 9-3 mark, after winning eight of their previous nine games.

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Eastern Michigan enter’s Friday’s contest with a 7-5 record.

Old Dominion defensive coordinator Rich Nagy talked with WAVY on Wednesday about the team’s need to contain Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback.

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The Monarchs will likely need to score in order to be victorious on Friday.

Head coach Bobby Wilder talked with WAVY’s Bruce Rader prior to kickoff, and talked out a massive send-off the team received at the hotel.

“We had a human tunnel that took us 20 minutes to get through, and it was great to see all of the people,” Wilder said.

With kickoff fast approaching, Wilder noted that wind would likely play a factor in Friday’s contest. He said the Monarchs and Eagles are two evenly-matched teams.

“There’s a strong wind, so that’ll affect whether kick off or receive … and we’ll call the game based on the elements,” he said.

Bruce and Nathan Epstein will have full coverage of the game tonight on The Sportswrap.