Lawry leads ODU past Florida International, 42-28

oduRay Lawry rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns to lead ODU over Florida International, 42-28, on Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Old Dominion (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) opened the scoring with a 22-yard Lawry run after Aaron Young recorded his third interception of the season on FIU’s (4-8, 4-4 C-USA) first play from scrimmage.

The teams entered halftime deadlocked at 14-14 and FIU then opened the second half with a pick-six to take its only lead of the game at 21-14. However, ODU responded with 21 unanswered points to build a 21-point lead with 10 minutes remaining. The Panthers added a touchdown in the final minutes to close the final margin to 14.

Zach Pascal led the team in receiving with eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown and Jeremy Cox added 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground. David Washington went 9-of-17 for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Oshane Ximines led the Monarch defense with six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. TJ Ricks added six tackles and a sack.

Overall, ODU outgained FIU, 521-232, and held the Panthers to just 97 yards rushing.

Notes: ODU honored its 15 seniors in a pregame ceremony: C.J. Bradshaw, Zach Pascal, David Washington, Anthony Wilson, Aaron Young, Richard Thomas, Shadow Williams, TJ Ricks, Joe Tillman, Rashaad Coward, Troy Butler, Tyler Fisher, Tyler Compton, Jude Brenya, Scott WigginsAaron Young intercepted his third pass of the year on the first play of the game … It was the fourth interception of his career … Lawry’s 22-yard touchdown run was the 38th of his career, breaking a tie withAntonio Vaughan for the career touchdown record … Zach Pascal’s first quarter catch gives him a catch in all 48 games he’s played in, the second longest streak in FBS … ODU lost a fumble on offense for the first time since the opening game against Hampton … ODU’s multiple turnover game is just the second this season for the Monarchs (Charlotte) … Lawry is the first Monarch to record multiple 1,000 yard seasons … Lawry rushed for more than 100 yards for the 17th time in his career … Zach Pascalpassed Antonio Vaughan for the most career receptions in school history with 231.

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