UMass football falls at Old Dominion

Friday, October 07, 2016

The UMass football team fell into an early hole and could never draw even.

Old Dominion scored the first 10 points and the last 14 of the game and held off UMass, 36-16, Friday in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Minutemen moved within one score with 5 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter when Andrew Ford connected with Andy Isabella on an 11-yard touchdown that made it 22-16.

But Old Dominion (4-2) dominated the rest of the way.

Marquis Young was a highlight for UMass. He had a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

The Minutemen started the game without several starters as Shane Huber, Teddy Lowery, Khary Bailey-Smith, John Robinson-Woodgett and Elijiah Wilkinson all missed the game.

Lee Moses and Jalen Williams were both considerably limited.

Earlier this week UMass coach Mark Whipple said he planned to play both quarterbacks. He started Ross Comis, but Comis had to be helped off the field in the second quarter and didn’t return. He was on crutches in the second half.

Ford finished the game and completed 11 of 21 passes for 189 yards. He threw one touchdown and two interceptions.

Steve Casali, who returned a blocked extra point for a 98-yard defensive 2-point conversion, led UMass with 11 tackles.

UMass (1-5), which has dropped three straight games, will host Louisiana Tech on Oct. 15 at Gillette Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

Old Dominion amassed 522 yards of total offense, led by Jeremy Cox who had 24 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

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