Recap: Old Dominion vs. Middle Tennessee
Norfolk, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Austin Grammer piled up 326 total yards and four touchdowns to lead the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to a 41-28 victory over the Old Dominion Monarchs in a Conference USA clash at Foreman Field.
Grammer was nearly perfect under center, completing 25-of-30 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards and two more scores for Middle Tennessee (3-2, 2-0 C-USA). Jordan Parker was busy in the backfield with 31 carries for a season-high 158 yards. Marcus Henry caught four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
For ODU (3-2, 1-1), which snapped a two-game winning streak, Taylor Heinicke threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Vaughan (seven receptions, 105 yards), but he also tossed three interceptions. Zach Pascal also had a big night receiving with eight catches for 110 yards.
There were three turnovers in the scoreless and sloppy first quarter, two by ODU and one by Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Raiders got on the board first early in the second quarter with a 23- yard field goal by Cody Clark. After forcing an ODU three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Middle Tennessee struck again when Kevin Byard returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown.
Middle Tennessee scored again just 31 seconds later. Following yet another ODU turnover, Grammer connected with Shane Tucker on a 27-yard scoring strike as the visitors extended its lead to 17-0.
The Blue Raiders continued to pull away at the 7:01 mark of the second quarter when Grammer added a 7-yard rushing score.
The Monarchs finally got on the board with 2:37 left in the first half when Heinicke tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Vaughan.
ODU made its deficit just 10 midway through the third quarter on another Heinicke-to-Vaughan hookup, this time from 20 yards out.
Middle Tennessee ended the ODU run with 4:55 left in the third, as Grammer rushed in a 10-yard score, but the Monarchs refused to go away. Heinicke and Vaughan struck again with a 4-yard score as the hosts went into the fourth quarter trailing by 10, 31-21.
The teams continued to exchange touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, with Grammer connecting with Henry on a 53-yard score and Heinicke tossing a 4-yard touchdown to Marques Little.
ODU would get no closer. Clark added a 29-yard field goal with 5:18 to play for the Blue Raiders to close out the scoring.
Middle Tennessee dominated the time-of-possession battle, controlling the ball for more than 38 minutes. It converted 9-of-16 third-down attempts.Game Notes