ODU falls to 1-6 after 42-20 loss to Marshall


NORFOLK (WAVY/AP) — Tyler King rushed for a career-high 195 yards with two long fourth-quarter touchdown runs and Marshall pulled away from Old Dominion for a 42-20 victory on Saturday.

King ran for 116 yards in the final 3:05 of the game — scoring on runs of 65 and 46 yards — to help the Thundering Herd (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) pad a late eight-point lead.

Marshall scored first — although it took until the second quarter — giving them 14 straight wins and 36 in 37 games when it opens the scoring. The Thundering Herd took a 14-0 lead on back-to-back 10-play drives with Anthony Anderson doing the damage first on a 22-yard TD run. Alex Thomson hit Tyre Brady for a 3-yard TD for the second score.

Anderson had 4-yard TD runs in the third and fourth quarters to push Marshall’s lead to 28-13.

Blake LaRussa hooked up with Kesean Strong for a 16-yard TD to pull the Monarchs (1-6, 0-4) within 28-20 with 5:01 left to play, but King settled matters with his two TD runs. LaRussa passed for 296 yards and two scores.

Old Dominion came in surrendering 525 yards and 38.7 points per game. Marshall finished with 501 yards of offense, including 319 on the ground.

“There’s frustration with them but certainly nobody in that locker room is going to lose focus on what we need to do win football games,” coach Bobby Wilder said. “And that’s just make a couple of more plays in the 4th quarter in all three phases.”

Blake LaRussa added, “We are frustrated but we are all about next week, focused on next week, our record is not what we want it to be right now but all we’re focused on is next week.”

“Right now I think we are going to win out for the rest of the season,” said senior defensive lineman Oshane Ximines. “We are about to have the best week of practice we’ve ever had since we started football, so yeah, we’re gonna win out.” 

ODU plays at Western Kentucky next week. 

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