While points were at a little of a premium in the Old Dominion Monarchs' 17-3 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, it was encouraging to see the Monarchs defense hold their visitors to just 212 yards. Or, maybe, it was because of an Eagles team that had struggled for several years, or because of the rainy conditions throughout the game. In any event, the Monarchs walked off the field with its second victory of the season and its second over an FBS opponent.
Again, points were hard to come by in this one, and apart from Ray Lawry's 55-yard touchdown run midway through the 1st, no one was able to get on the board for a good while. Ricky Segers' 26-yarder with 11 seconds left in the 3rd broke the scoring drought to make it 10-0, and after teams exchanged drives following Dylan Mulder's 43-yard field goal with just under six minutes gone in the 4th, Antonio Vaughan ran back a 46-yard punt for a score to make up the game's final margin.
The Monarchs were just 2 of 15 on third down in this one as Taylor Heinicke went 17 of 30 for 187 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Gerard Johnson led all receivers with 19 catches and 85 yards. Meanwhile, Brogan Roback was 9 for 17 for just 56 yards as EMU ran the ball 48 times, gaining 143 yards from scrimmage. Each team had a pair of turnovers.
In short, it wasn't exactly an offensive explosion. ODU's next assignment: conference play at defending C-USA champion Rice a week from today at noon Eastern time.