Football falls at ODU 42-14

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NORFOLK, VA. – Taylor Heinicke passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns to lead Old Dominion over visiting Campbell 42-14 Saturday at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The Camels were taking on their first ever FBS opponent.

Old Dominion moved to 8-3 on the season, while Campbell fell to 2-9.

Heinicke went 23-for-29 on the day, with Antonio Vaughn and Larry Pinkard hauling in 171 and 156 yards. Vaughn finished with three touchdown catches, while Pinkard added one. Gerard Johnson also ran for two with 27 yards on the ground.

John Darr and Paul Morant paced the ODU defense with nine tackles each, while Andre Simmons posted eight.

Campbell's Brian Hudson passed for 278 yards on the day to set the program's single-season record, topping Braden Smith's 2011 total of 1,965, pushing his total to 2,024. With a game remaining, Hudson has set Campbell single-season records for rushing, rush attempts, total offense and all-purpose yards.

Freshman running back DeShawn Jones posted a season-best 73 yards for the Camels on 13 carries, with two going for more than 20 yards. Fellow freshman Keith Goss tacked on 41 yards and a touchdown, while Hudson posted 25.

Senior Kurt Odom recorded a team-high five receptions for 75 yards, while Jordan Hildreth collected 76 yards on four catches with a score. Austin Fleming finished with 59 yards, while AJ Artis gathered 50 for the Camels.

Ugonna Awuruonye posted five tackles with two sacks, pushing his season sack total to 7.0, a half short of the CU single-season record. Brandon Stegall made a team-high six stops and recovered a fumble, while Taurean Lynch collected five stops with two for loss.

Starting on their own 35 after the opening kick went out of bounds, Campbell drove 65 yards, converting a third and a fourth down before Keith Goss punched it in from two yards out. The Camels used 7:29 on the dive, using five different rushers, while Hudson completed both of his pass attempts for 23 yards, giving Campbell the 7-0 lead.

ODU answered with a Gerard Johnson five yard TD run to knot the game and put the Monarchs on the board.

The Camels drove deep into ODU territory again with their second possession, starting with a 42-yard pass to Kurt Odom. After stalling at the ODU 10, Jarrett Ozimek's field goal try was blocked by Andrew Everett, preserving a 7-7 game after the first.

Tyler Heinicke led the Monarchs on a pair of scoring drives in the second quarter connecting on touchdown passes of 47 and 74 yards to Melvin Vaughn and Larry Pinkard, respectively, to make it 21-7 at the half.

After the Monarchs scored on their first two possessions of the second half, the Camels drove with the help of a 23 yard Keith Goss run and a 16 yard Jordan Hildreth catch. On third down from the ODU 16, Hudson passed to Hildreth, who made a juggling catch in the endzone for his third touchdown of the season, making it 35-14 Monarchs with 47 seconds to go in the third.

ODU tacked on another score in the fourth quarter to make it 42-14 with a 64 yard strike from David Washington to Antonio Vaughn.

Campbell drove inside the ODU 30 four times without a score in the game, with two blocked field goals and two turnovers on downs.

Campbell will close out the 2013 season next weekend at Pioneer Football League rival Davidson.