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Old Dominion falls on the road to Appalachian State, 31-7

Coach Wilder looks on as he tried to figure out the Appalachian State rushing attack.

Coach Wilder looks on as he tried to figure out the Appalachian State rushing attack.

Boone, N.C. – Old Dominion suffered its first loss of the season, falling at Appalachian State, 31-7, on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina.

Old Dominion (1-1) was led by Ray Lawry, who finished the game with 119 rushing yards and a touchdown. The 100-yard game was Lawry’s second of the season and the 13th of his career.

Defensively, Anthony Wilson notched a career-high 11 tackles, including an ODU single game record three sacks, while Denzel Williams recorded his first career interception. Justice Davila totaled 10 tackles and Miles Fox added a career-high eight tackles.

Marcus Cox got the Mountaineers on the board first with a one yard touchdown run for a 7-0 App State lead.

ODU followed with a drive to the App 16, highlighted by a 42-yard run by Ray Lawry, but a fourth down pass from David Washington to Zach Pascal was knocked away at the last second.

The Mountaineers followed with an 84-yard drive culminated with a two yard run by Cox for a 14-0 lead.

Michael Rubinio added a 24-yard field goal for App to go up 17-0 early in the second quarter.

App State tried a field goal, and the Monarchs stuffed it and took over at their own eight.  The Monarchs drove 92 yards in seven plays capped by a 27-yard touchdown run from Ray Lawry. Washington hit Pascal for a 26-yard pass for a key first down on the drive.

Cox added his third touchdown run of the first half with a 10 yard score with just over one minute remaining in the first half for a 24-7 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Monarch defense held App State to just seven points, a touchdown in the final minute, and less than 100 yards of total offense. ODU outgained the Mountaineers, 144-97, in the second half.

Game Notes: Denzel Williams recorded his first career interception in the second quarter … Ray Lawry rushed for the 29th touchdown of his career … Zach Pascal caught a pass in his 38th straight game … Ray Lawry rushed for over 100 yards for the 13th time in his career … Anthony Wilson recorded the first two sacks of his career on back-to-back plays in the third quarter … A week after setting a career high with six tackles against Hampton, Anthony Wilson set a new career-high with 11 stops … Sophomore Miles Fox set a new career-high with five tackles … TJ Ricks moved into third on the ODU all-time tackles charts with 233 career stops.

The Monarchs remain on the road next week, as they take on NC State on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in Raleigh. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.