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NORFOLK Old Dominion’s come-from-behind victory at Texas-San Antonio on Saturday night put the Monarchs back into some high-profile bowl projection brackets. On Monday, CBSsports.com projected that the Monarchs will meet Utah State in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29, while S.B. Nation has the Monarchs taking on Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 24.
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.
Old Dominion (3-5) has lost five of its past six and must win today to salvage any hope of going to a bowl. Follow updates from Harry Minium and others below.
Preview: David Washington to start at quarterback against the Roadrunners (1-7)
Featured: T.J. Ricks and other walk-ons have deliver for the Monarchs
Time: 7 p.m. TV: WTVZ. Radio: 94.1 FM Online: Follow the game via Twitter: Pilot reporter Harry Minium will be updating at @Harry_MiniumVP
SAN ANTONIO T.J. Ricks had no scholarship offers as a senior at Kecoughtan, and under the circumstances, that wasn't surprising. He was honorable mention All-Peninsula District - not exactly the pedigree big-time schools look for - and wasn't rated by any of the recruiting services.
Six years ago, Larry Coker came to Norfolk to spend a few days with Old Dominion's staff, eager to learn how the Monarchs created the most successful startup football program in NCAA history. Coker had one of the nation's deepest coaching resumes. He'd led Miami to a national championship and had been a college coach since 1979, including stops at Ohio State and Oklahoma.
NORFOLK Quarterback David Washington returned to practice full-speed Tuesday for Old Dominion and appeared healthy enough that it's likely he will start when the Monarchs play at Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.
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.
NORFOLK Delane Simpson hadn't been to Hampton Roads in more than two decades, but when his beloved Western Kentucky Hilltoppers traveled to Old Dominion to play football Saturday, he had to see them play near his hometown. So he and a friend drove the 750 miles from his home in Bowling Green, Ky., to Norfolk last week. They spent the week driving around the region, reliving old memories.
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