Recap: Old Dominion vs. FIU
Norfolk, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Satchel Ziffer connected on a 28-yard field goal attempt as time expired to lift the Old Dominion Monarchs to a 38-35 victory over the FIU Panthers in a Conference USA battle at S.B. Ballard Stadium.
Taylor Heinicke completed 20-of-35 pass attempts for 315 yards and two touchdowns while under center for ODU (4-6, 2-4 C-USA), which snapped a five- game losing streak with the win. Ray Lawry tallied 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries, while Antonio Vaughan reeled in a game-high six receptions for 140 yards. T.J. Ricks anchored the Monarchs' defensive unit with a game-high 14 total stops, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
FIU (3-7, 2-4) suffered its fourth loss in a row despite a strong showing by Anthon Samuel, who compiled 137 yards on 25 rushing attempts. Alex McGough contributed 132 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 8-of-13 passing efficiency. Napoleon Maxwell also made an impact for the Panthers, racking up 70 rushing yards and a team-best 58 receiving yards.
The Panthers struck first, as McGough scored on a two-yard run to conclude a 16-play drive which lasted over eight minutes. ODU tied the score, 7-7, with seconds remaining in the opening frame with a one-yard touchdown rush by Heinicke.
The Monarchs took control in the second period with a pair of touchdowns. Lawry broke away for a 34-yard run to the end zone at the 11:23 mark of the second quarter, before Heinicke connected with Vaughan on a 74-yard touchdown pass with just under two minutes remaining before the intermission. Austin Taylor converted a 38-yard field goal attempt in the closing moments of the first half to send the Panthers into the break trailing, 21-10.
FIU managed to go ahead, 24-21, by the 5:35 minute point of the third stanza with a great start to the second half. McGough concluded the opening drive of the third quarter with a 57-yard touchdown toss to Maxwell and later found Jonnu Smith for a seven-yard scoring pass. Taylor connected on a 41-yard field goal try to extend the Panthers' advantage on the scoreboard to 27-21 at the third-minute mark of the third frame.
The Monarchs finally responded just before the start of the final quarter of play, as Heinicke threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Zach Pascal. Ziffer's successful extra-point attempt put ODU back in front, 28-27.
FIU answered with a six-play, 68-yard drive which was concluded by a 26-yard touchdown rush by Samuel. Clinton Taylor powered across the goal line on the ensuing two-point conversion try to help the Panthers to a 35-28 lead with 13:17 left in regulation.
The Monarchs came up with a clutch, nine-play, 65-yard drive which ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Lawry with 1:05 remaining in the fourth stanza to tie the contest at 35.
McGough was picked off by Fellonte Misher on the second play of FIU's next drive at the FIU 33-yard line. Heinicke completed a pair of passes to Pascal to set up Ziffer for his game-winning field goal try.
This was the first meeting in history between the programs. ODU finished with a 525-388 edge in total yards of offense.Game Notes