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NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University football hosts VMI in the home finale and the final game at Foreman Field. The game is at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3+

Old Dominion (3-7, 2-5 C-USA) vs. VMI (1-9, 0-8 Southern Conference)
DateSaturday, Nov. 17 • 2 p.m. • Norfolk, Va. • Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
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ODU leads 2-0
Game NotesOld Dominion   VMI

> ODU hosts VMI in the final game at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. VMI is coming off a 49-13 loss to Furman.

> The 28 point deficit against North Texas is the largest comeback in school history. The previous biggest comeback was 26 points, when ODU erased a 47-21 New Hampshire lead to win 64-61.

> It’s a broken record, but Travis Fulgham continued his surge the last seven games, leading ODU with eight catches for 155-yards and a touchdown. He scored a touchdown in his seventh straight game, breaking his own school record he set in 2016.

> Blake LaRussa Passed for 301-yards, notching his third-straight 300-yard game and registered two touchdown passes. He’s tossed a touchdown in eight-straight games and now has 16 on the year.

> True freshman Lala Davis rushed for 50-yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 15 seconds left.

> Lawrence Garner returned after missing the previous three games with an injury to record a game-high 11 tackles. He added his first career interception, which set up a field goal, had a forced fumble and tackle for loss.

> Oshane Ximines notched a career-best nine tackles, had 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and three QB hurries. Ximines broke his own school record with 10 sacks on the season and is second among active FBS players with 31 career sacks.

Home Field Advantage - One More Time
ODU plays its final home game at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium and the Monarchs have enjoyed a nice home field advantage in the 82-year old stadium.

ODU is 46-19 all-time at Foreman, and has the 33rd best home winning percentage in the country, second in Conference USA only to Marshall (158-34).

C-USA Home Field Record

RankSchoolRecordWin Pct.
2.Old Dominion46-19.708

November Reign
ODU continued their November success last week with a 34-31 win over North Texas. The Monarchs are now 27-5 all-time in the month of November.

Garner Returns
Sophomore linebacker Lawrence Garner returned after missing three games with an injury and notched a game-high 11 tackles. He also added a game-turning interception and forced a fumble.

Wide Receiver Success
Jonathan Duhart and Travis Fulgham rank in the top-20 in the nation in receiving and are closing in on several ODU receiving records.

Single-Season Receptions

1.Nick Mayers792012
2.Zach Pascal682015
Larry Pinkard682013
4.Zach Pascal652016
5.Jonathan Duhart642018
6.Antonio Vaughan632014
7.Nick Mayers622011
8.Antonio Vaughan602012
Antonio Vaughan602013

Single-Season Receiving Yards

RankPlayerReceiving YardsPlayer
1.Nick Mayers12332012
2.Larry Pinkard10202013
3.Antonio Vaughan10192014
4.Zach Pascal9702015
5.Travis Fulgham9612018
6.Zach Pascal9462016
7.Jonathan Duhart9272018

Senior Profiles

Daniel Appouh - DE - Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley
A starter at defensive end, Appouh has played in nine games, recording 11 tackles and half a sack. He has six career sacks and 57 tackles.

Marvin Branch - LB - Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River
The leading tackler on last year’s squad, Branch has battled injuries all year, playing in just four games. He has dealt with a back injury, hamstring and a broken hand.

Sean Carter - S - Colonial Forge
The fourth all-time leading tackler in school history, Carter is second on this year-s squad with 73 tackles. He intercepted his sixth career pass earlier this year.

Nick Clarke - C - Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
Clarke has started 41-straight games at center, and 44 in his career. He earned C-USA honorable mention honors last season.

Justin Cooper – TE – Chester, Va./Thomas Dale
A core special teams player, Cooper leads the Monarchs with eight special teams tackles. He has played in all 10 games this season with two starts at tight end. Cooper, who earned a scholarship over the summer, started his career as a walk-on.

Jeremy Cox – RB – Hope Mills, N.C./South View/Fork Union
The second all-time leading rusher in ODU history, Cox has struggled with injuries this season, playing in seven games rushing 83 times for 327-yards and three touchdowns. Cox carried 20 times for 130-yards and two scores in ODU’s upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech. He has 2,049 career rushing yards.

Justice Davila – S - Erial, N.J./Timber Creek
Davila ranks sixth in ODU history with 216 career tackles. He finished third on the team with a career-high 89 tackles as a sophomore. He notched his first career interception this season at East Carolina and is second in career pass breakups with 19.

A.J. Davison – OL - Rohnert, Calif./Rancho Cotate
A two-year starter at right guard, Davison has started all nine games he played in after missing the season opener at Liberty with an injury. He has played in 21 career games, starting 18.

Jonathan Duhart – WR - Midlothian, Va./Manchester
Duhart ranks fourth in ODU history in career receptions with 173, and in receiving yards with 2,546. He leads ODU and Conference USA with 64 catches and is second in C-USA with 927 receiving yards, while hauling in eight touchdown receptions. He returned to ODU following a medical redshirt after breaking his foot in the second game last season.

Travis Fulgham – WR – Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Fulgham has caught on fire the last seven games, catching 50 passes for 897-yards and seven touchdowns the last seven games. He had five catches for 64-yards the first three games combined. Fulgham leads C-USA with 961 receiving yards and broke his own school record with a touchdown catch in seven-straight games. For his career, he has 120 catches for 1,922 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Jordan Glover – CB – Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
A walk-on fifth year senior, Glover has appeared in two games in his career, recording one tackle. Glover has been the consummate team guy in his five years at Old Dominion.

Isaiah Harper – WR – Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
The 2017 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year, Harper returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2017 and was 10th in FBS in kick return average. This season has become even more involved in the offense, catching a career-high 44 passes for 426-yards and a touchdown, while still operating as a dangerous return man.

Chad Hendricks – OL – Blackstone, Va./Nottoway
A former walk-on, Hendricks was a three-year starter at offensive tackle before knee injuries ended his career earlier this year. He played in six games, starting five at right tackle before a third knee injury forced him to retire from football. He played in 35 career games, starting 26.

Ryan Londree – DL – Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle
Londree has been a valuable piece to the defensive line as a versatile player able to play both tackle and end. He has a career-high 13 tackles this season and 25 for his career. He has two career starts.

Justin Noye – S – Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester
Noye set a career-high with 40 tackles this season and notched his first career interception. He has started eight games so far this season and 10 for his career.

Jacob Schwind – LS – Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run
The backup long snapper, Schwind appeared in two games in 2016 as the holder against NC State and UTSA.

Brandon Simmons – RB – Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes
A core special teams player, Simmons has battled injuries the last two years, playing in a combined nine games. For his career he has 24 carries for 84-yards and a touchdown.

Pat Toal – DT – Hazlet, N.J./Raritan
Toal has played in all 10 games this year, starting eight at defensive tackle. He has 31 tackles and four tackles for loss. He has 88 career tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Brandon Tyson – DT – Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill
Tyson has battled injuries in his senior season, starting with a hamstring injury in camp and is now battling back from a concussion. He has played in seven games this year and recorded two tackles. He has 21 career tackles in 27 games played, including six starts.

Tim Ward – DE – High Point, N.C./High Point Central
Ward has played in 47 games at defensive end, securing 14 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss. In 10 games this season he has 41 tackles, 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. Old Dominion was his only FBS offer out of high school.

Oshane Ximines – DE – Ahoskie, N.C./Hertford County
Ximines ranks fourth in the FBS with a single-season school record, 10 sacks and is 10th with 16.5 tackles for loss. He ranks fourth in FBS among all defensive linemen with 56 tackles. For his career, he has 31 sacks, second among active FBS players. He holds ODU career records in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He owns the three highest single-season sacks totals in ODU history.