NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Taylor Heinicke threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Blair Roberts with 28 seconds remaining as Old Dominion overcame a frustrating night in a 21-17 victory over Liberty on Saturday.
Heinicke, last year's Payton Award winner, passed for 450 yards on a 39-of-52 night, but also was intercepted twice in the end zone by Kenny Scott. The Monarchs had scored 50 or more points in their three previous games.
ODU (4-2) trailed after John Lunsford kicked a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, giving the Flames (3-3) a 10-7 lead. ODU lost two fumbles in that half and was also stopped at the Liberty 4.
A Josh Woodrum TD pass made it 17-7 in the third quarter.
ODU had another drive end at the Liberty 1 in the fourth quarter before given a spark by Aaron Evans' 64-yard punt return to get within 17-14.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.