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Notes from Howard's website (http://hubison.com)
Norfolk, VA---Old Dominion University scored early and often and were never challenged as the Monarchs overwhelmed Howard University, 76-19 in a non-conference game at Foreman Field at SB Ballard Field before. The 76 points were most allowed by a Howard team since 2002 when it lost to North Carolina A&T, 76-30. Old Dominion (1-2) scored on all four of its first possessions of the first quarter to take a commanding 28-3 lead. Junior quarterback Taylor Heincke directed quick scoring drives of 55, 75, 80 and 76 yards by keeping the Bison defense off balance with an effective running game and pin[point passing to wide open receivers. "It was a very tough loss," said Howard Coach Ray Petty. " ODU is a great team. They recently moved up to the FBS ranks and they proved it to us tonight." Old Dominion, which is transitioning from FCS to FBS next year, was coming off back-to-back, road losses to East Carolina (52-34) and the University of Maryland (47-10). Heincke's favorite target was Larry Pinkard, who caught two of the scoring passes. Running back Colby Goodwyn provided balance on the ground for the Monarchs with 79 yards on only nine carries and the other TD.
The Bison (1-2) were able to get on the board early in the second quarter when freshman running back Anthony Philyaw
capped off a 15-play, 75-yard drive with a six-yard scamper to get his team to within 28-10 at the 11:20 mark of the second quarter. But Old Dominion continued its success with its highly efficient offense, taking advantage of Howard turnovers and reeling off 21 straight points over the last nine minutes of the half to build an insurmountable, 49-10 advantage at the half. Howard was able to move the at times, but the inability to stop the Monarch no-huddle, quick-paced offense along with five turnovers proved to be too much. "Honestly, it didn't throw anything off," said Petty. "Turnovers always affect the game. But I don't think that is the reason we lost the game. Most of them came late. Our offense was always able to move the ball well so it didn't affect the outcome." Heincke, last season's Payton Award winner, was especially effective as he connected on 20 of 27 for 406 yards en route to his team amassing 733 yards on 78 offensive plays.
The Howard offense totaled a season-high 465 yards. Greg McGhee
connected on 19 of 26 for 215 yards but he threw two interceptions and failed to throw a TD pass. "What we need to do is execute in the Red Zone," said McGhee. "We came ready to play , but we need to capitalize on our Red Zone opportunities." There were some bright spots. Sophomore running back William Parker
rushed for a career-high 85 yards on 17 carries; freshman running back Anthony Philyaw
rushed for a career-high 62 yards on 15 and his first-ever rushing TD. He also caught a 42-yards pass; and junior Richard Aiyegoro
returned four kickoffs for 159 yards. The Bison have 12 days before their next game, the MEAC opener against North Carolina A&T on September 26. "This will give us an opportunity to correct some things and get prepared for our next game against NC A&T," said McGhee. "It is a much needed break."