GAMEDAY College Football

Old Dominion 20, Virginia Tech 17

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

NORFOLK, Va. - Blake Watson scored on a 1-yard run with 33 seconds to play and Old Dominion beat Virginia Tech for the second time in as many tries on its home field, 20-17.

The Monarchs made a big splash in their debut as a member of the Sun Belt Conference and spoiled the debut of Hokies coach Brent Pry. He was coaching against a longtime colleague at Vanderbilt and Penn State, Ricky Rahne.

When it was over, as they had in 2018 when the Monarchs knocked off the then-No. 13 Hokies 49-35, fans streamed on to the field in celebration. ODU is 2-12 in its history against Power Five programs, but 2-2 against Tech.

Keshawn King ran for 111 yards and caught a touchdown pass from transfer quarterback Grant Wells for the Hokies. Wells also ran for a score, but threw two first-half interceptions, and then one to set up the decisive drive.

The Hokies were driving and trying to put the game away when Wells' pass from ODU's 40 bounced off of Jalen Holston to the Monarchs' Ryan Henry. A 15-yard penalty against ODU moved the ball back to their 26 with 2:58 left, but a long completion by Hayden Wolff and then a defensive pass interference call near the goal line on Dorian Strong set the Monarchs up at the 1-yard line.

Watson needed two tries to make it, but tumbled in with 33 seconds left.

SLOPPY

Wells, who threw a fourth interception on a desperation pass in the final seconds, wasn't the only one with an auspicious debut for the Hokies. They were whistled for more than a dozen penalties, many of them costly.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: Wells showed ability with both his big arm and feet, bit that arm also had him overthrowing receivers by a lot, including the interception that led the ODU's first field goal. He had 34 TDs and 22 interceptions in 23 starts at Marshall and Pry will want him to get more consistent quickly.

Old Dominion: The Monarchs lone touchdown before the decisive run by Watson was a gift when the snap on a 38-yard field goal try by Virginia Tech sailed well over the holder's head and, in the scramble to recover the ball, ended with Robert Kennedy scooping it and taking it the final 25 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter VaTechODU
VaTech TD 9:12 Grant Wells 18 yard TD run (William Ross Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter VaTechODU
ODU FG 12:02 Ethan Sanchez 29 yard field goal 7 3
ODU TD 1:26 Robert Kennedy III 25 yard fumble return for TD (Ethan Sanchez Extra Point) 7 10
Third Quarter VaTechODU
VaTech FG 9:03 William Ross 44 yard field goal 10 10
VaTech TD 5:11 Keshawn King 6 yard TD pass from Grant Wells (William Ross Extra Point) 17 10
Fourth Quarter VaTechODU
ODU FG 12:30 Ethan Sanchez 20 yard field goal 17 13
ODU TD 0:33 Blake Watson 1 yard TD run (Ethan Sanchez Extra Point) 17 20
Team Stats
  Virginia Tech Old Dominion
First downs 21 16
  Rushing 7 6
  Passing 10 6
  Penalty 4 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-18, 28% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 38-194 33-81
Passing Yards 191 165
Return Yards 132 54
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-37-4 14-35-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-9
Punts 7 8
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 15-120 6-65
Virginia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wells 20 37 191 1 4
Old Dominion Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Wolff 14 35 165 0 0
Virginia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. King 19 111 5.8 0
G. Wells 7 45 6.4 1
C. Black 7 26 3.7 0
J. Holston 5 12 2.4 0
Old Dominion Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Watson 19 55 2.9 1
K. Wicks 5 14 2.8 0
H. Wolff 3 8 2.7 0
O. Sanni 3 5 1.7 0
T. Sims 2 0 0.0 0
Virginia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Gallo 7 49 7.0 0
K. Smith 3 45 15.0 0
D. Lofton 3 42 14.0 0
S. Gosnell 1 24 24.0 0
K. King 3 22 7.3 1
D. De Iuliis 2 12 6.0 0
J. Blue 1 -3 -3.0 0
Old Dominion Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Jennings III 5 122 24.4 0
K. Wicks 2 16 8.0 0
Z. Kuntz 2 12 6.0 0
B. Watson 2 9 4.5 0
J. Bly 2 3 1.5 0
D. Anthony Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
Virginia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Old Dominion Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Henry 1 1
T. Harris 1 1
L. James 1 0
T. Jones 1 0
Virginia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Moore 7 271 38.7
Old Dominion Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Duane 8 374 46.8
Virginia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Harvey 3 19 6.3
W. Kakavitsas 1 2 2.0
Old Dominion Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. King 3 59 19.7
B. Duke 1 23 23.0
C. Black 1 29 29.0
Old Dominion Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. James 3 52 17.3
Virginia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
Old Dominion Missed FG
Player Length




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