Melvin Vaughn
Melvin Vaughn
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Game 10 Preview: Old Dominion at FIU

November 07, 2017
By ODU Athletics

Miami, Fla. - Old Dominion University Football travels to FIU on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Old Dominion (3-6, 1-4 C-USA) at FIU (6-2, 4-1 C-USA)
Date Saturday, Nov. 11 • 7 p.m. • Miami, Fla. • Riccardo Silva Stadium
Where to Watch
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ODU Leads 2-1

> ODU recorded its first shutout in program history in the win over Charlotte. The Monarchs allowed just 231 yards of total offense and eight first downs. Charlotte’s best chance to score was a missed 48-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

> Marvin Branch led the way for the defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Sean Carter and Justin Noye each added five tackles. Carter also added two pass breakups and a tackle for loss.

> Ray Lawry grinded out 98-yards on 25 carries to lead the way for the Monarchs offense.

> It was the first time since the week two win over UMass the
Monarchs did not turn the ball over, and the first time this season they won the turnover battle.

> Freshman kicker Nick Rice kicked a pair of field goals, his second-straight multi field goal game. He knocked in kicks of 30 and 40 yards.

> Steven Williams Jr. completed 15-of-25 passes for 163-yards and rushed 10 times for 24-yards.

> Isaiah Harper caught a career-high six passes, while Melvin Vaughn add five catches.

First Shutout
ODU came close to shutouts in wins over Eastern Michigan (2014) and UMass earlier this year, but finally got its first-ever shutout in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Charlotte. ODU allowed eight first downs, tied for lowest allowed since joining FBS in 2014, and just 231 yards, third fewest as an FBS program.

Shutout Close Calls

Year Opponent Score
2017 UMass 17-7
2014 Eastern Michigan 17-3
2012 Hampton 45-7
2010 Gardner-Webb 14-7

Third Down Defense
Heading into last week’s game against Charlotte, ODU was ranked No. 119 in third down defense, giving up a first down 47 percent of the time. The ODU defense came through in the win over the 49ers, allowing Charlotte to go 2-for-12 on third down and 0-for-1 on fourth down.

The performance moved ODU up eight spots in third down defense.

Off the Field
Charlotte ran just 49 plays and held the ball for just 20:56, the lowest an ODU opponent has ever held the ball. The 49 plays allowed is a season low. The next lowest in total plays for an ODU opponent this season is 63 for Marshall.

FIU Stadium Bag Policy

  • Ticket holders will be allowed to carry one clear bag, such as a one-gallon clear plastic storage bag – like a Ziplock bag – as well as a small purse about the size of a hand.
The following bags will be permitted, including:
  • A clear plastic bag that is not larger than 12" x 6" x 12"
  • Clutch or small purse that isn’t larger than 6.5" x 4.5"
  • Equipment bag for necessary medical items
  • Diapers and wipes can be carried in a clear bag for age-appropriate children accompanied by an adult
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, mesh bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size.

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