ODU loses finale; misses bowl chance

The Monarchs fell short of being bowl eligible as they lost their season finale to the Blue Raiders on Saturday 41-10.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee scored 41-straight points after Old Dominion scored first as the Blue Raiders defeated the Monarchs 41-10 Saturday evening in Murfreesboro. ODU took the opening kickoff 66-yards and converted a 26-yard Nick Rice field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Ray Lawry ran 28-yards on the first play of the game to set up the Monarchs in the red zone.

Middle Tennessee followed with a 14 play, 40-yard drive that ended in a 28-yard field goal by Canon Rooker to tie the score at 3. The Blue Raiders took their first lead of the game early in the second quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brent Stockstill to Tavonn Salter.

Middle Tennessee went on top 17-3 in the middle of the second quarter on a Stockstill eight-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Windham to complete a 10 play, 84-yard scoring drive. Stockstill threw his third touchdown pass of the first half with 1:38 left in the second quarter, a 22-yarder to Jimmy Marshall.

Terrelle West added a pair of touchdown runs in the second half for MT and Crews Holt kicked a 41-yard field goal. Blake LaRussa connected with Melvin Vaughn for a six-yard touchdown pass for the final score of the night. Ray Lawry finished with 14 carries for 97-yards, while Isaiah Harper caught a career-best eight passes for 83-yards. Marvin Branch and Miles Fox each had eight tackles for the Monarchs.

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