NORFOLK, Va. -- Freshman Steven Williams threw two touchdown passes in his collegiate debut and Isaiah Harper had a 100-yard kickoff return, but Old Dominion fell to North Carolina, 53-23, on Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Old Dominion (2-1) outscored North Carolina (1-2), 16-14, in the second half, after trailing the Tar Heels, 39-7, at the half.
Williams, a true freshman from Washington, D.C., completed 9-of-20 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns after entering late in the second quarter to lead the Monarchs in passing. Williams connected with Travis Fulgham on his first touchdown pass for 71 yards. Fulgham ended the game with 106 yards on six receptions. Hasaan Patterson hauled in Williams' second touchdown pass, the first of touchdown of Patterson's short career.
Also for ODU, Harper's 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in the first half set an ODU record for the longest kickoff return. Harper also added 50 yards receiving. Defensively, Denzell Williams posted a career-high nine tackles to lead the team, while Oshane Ximines recorded a sack.