Virginia Beach News Archive
SAN ANTONIO, Texas Old Dominion won a game it absolutely had to Saturday night thanks to a superb performance from quarterback David Washington, and two key stops from its defense. Washington amassed 447 yards of total offense and threw for two touchdowns to help rally ODU to a 36-31 victory over Texas-San Antonio before 19,986 at the Alamodome.
Your team has lost five of its past six games - and all were blowouts. Your bowl hopes appear to be slipping away and your injury list gets longer every week.
This weekend, you head on the road to meet 1-7 Texas-San Antonio, not only as an underdog, but oddsmakers say you'll lose by 11.
So what do you do when you meet with your team on Sunday?
There was good news for Old Dominion amidst the carnage of its fifth lopsided defeat in the past six games.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Shuler Bentley played his best game of the season, completing 19 of 34 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another TD. Tailback Ray Lawry also rushed for 136 yards and broke his school season rushing record of 947 yards.
Old Dominion athletic trainer Marty Bradley has been busy this week.
ODU's football injury list swelled to 30 players after a physical, 41-12 defeat at Florida International last weekend, coach Bobby Wilder said. As many as 19 players, including safety Justice Davila, could be scratched from the lineup Saturday when ODU hosts Western Kentucky.
NORFOLK It was the first day of preseason practice at Old Dominion, and a walk-on freshman placekicker was drawing the attention of onlookers. Chris Kirtley was such an obscure player at the time that his biography never made the football press guide, yet here he was drilling field goals from 50 yards.
Cox Communications, the dominant cable TV provider in Hampton Roads, will broadcast Old Dominion's home football game with Western Kentucky Saturday at noon.
The game is being televised by Fox Sports Networks, a system of nearly two dozen cable outlets in 29 states that is not carried by Cox.
Judy MacLeod was named commissioner of Conference USA on Monday, becoming the first female to head a Football Bowl Subdivision league.
The announcement, made by Old Dominion president John Broderick, was expected. Word that a search committee led by Broderick had recommended MacLeod broke nearly two weeks ago.
It was perhaps the most embarrassing moment of Alex McGough's career. Playing as a freshman for Florida International last season at Foreman Field, the quarterback from Tampa was about to be sacked when he awkwardly flipped a pass in the direction of running back Anthon Samuel.
Wide receiver Zach Pascal and linebacker T.J. Ricks gave Old Dominion a sweep of Conference USA offensive and defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.
And if there were a category for best performances off the bench, quarterback ODU's David Washington might have also won.
NORFOLK Conference USA will name Judy MacLeod its commissioner later this month, CBSSports.com reported late Friday. If so, she would become the first woman to head a Football Bowl Subdivision league.
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