Oct. 8, 2011
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Football: Old Dominion 31, Rhode Island 23 - FINAL
How It Happened:
Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2 CAA) held Old Dominion to just 36 yards total on its first six possessions, but the Monarchs scored three touchdowns and a field goal over their next six drives.
Making his first career start for Old Dominion (5-1, 2-1 CAA), freshman quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 26-of-32 for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 7-yard touchdown for the first score of the game.
The Rams had a chance to tie the game on its final possession after a 30-yard kick return by Brandon Johnson-Farrell put Rhody on its own 41 with 2:06 remaining. Quarterback Steve Probst hit Johnson-Farrell for 14 yards to open the drive, and a 18-yard pass on the next play to Billy Morgan moved the ball to the Old Dominion 27.
However, Probst was picked off by Eriq Lewis, and the Monarchs were able to run out the rest of the clock for the victory.
Inside the Box Score and Beyond:
* Wide receiver Ramadan Abdullah led Rhode Island with four catches for 60 yards. Entering the game, Abdullah had one reception for 13 yards.
* Though wide receiver Anthony Baskerville was held to one catch, he still impact on the game. His first career pass completion - a 23-yard pass to Brandon Johnson-Farrell - set up the Rams second touchdown of the game. He also added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
* Senior defensive tackle Willie McGinnis was productive at the line, registering nine tackles, including a sack. McGinnis has 2.5 tackles for loss.
* Senior kicker Louis Feinstein's 38-yard field goal in the third quarter was the first of the season for Rhode Island.
Rhode Island travels to Maine Saturday, Oct. 15 in search of its first conference win of the season. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
1st 10:10 ODU - Tayler Heinicke 7 yd run (Jarod Brown kick) 6 plays, 28 yards, TOP 1:55, ODU 7 - URI 0 03:25 URI - Migliarese 5 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick) 15 plays, 76 yards, TOP 6:38, ODU 7 - URI 7 2nd 13:11 URI - Frazier 11 yd pass from Probst (Feinstein kick) 8 plays, 59 yards, TOP 3:26, ODU 7 - URI 14 00:22 ODU - Larry Pinkard 7 yd pass from Tayler Heinicke (Jarod Brown kick) 10 plays, 68 yards, TOP 1:43, ODU 14 - URI 14 3rd 12:59 URI - Baskerville 4 yd run (Feinstein kick failed) 6 plays, 38 yards, TOP 2:01, ODU 14 - URI 20 09:57 ODU - Larry Pinkard 4 yd pass from Tayler Heinicke (Jarod Brown kick) 8 plays, 50 yards, TOP 2:54, ODU 21 - URI 20 06:46 URI - Feinstein 38 yd field goal 8 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:03, ODU 21 - URI 23 01:56 ODU - Nick Mayers 9 yd pass from Tayler Heinicke (Jarod Brown kick) 11 plays, 62 yards, TOP 4:30, ODU 28 - URI 23 4th 02:13 ODU - Jarod Brown 22 yd field goal 11 plays, 33 yards, TOP 5:26, ODU 31 - URI 23