NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- After trailing for nearly three entire quarters, the Eastern Michigan Eagles rallied to tie Old Dominion Friday, but the Monarchs added a fourth quarter touchdown on the way to a 24-20 win in the Popeyes Bahama Bowl at Thomas Robinson Stadium.
David Washington found Jonathan Duhart with a 5-yard TD pass at 12:56 of the final quarter for what turned out to be the winning score. Eastern’s Paul Fricano hit a 19-yard field goal at 9:08 for the game’s final score.
EMU (7-6) got the ball . . .
Old Dominion senior QB David Washington completed 11 of 20 passes for 188 yards and three TDs with one interception. Jonathan Duhart led ODU receivers with three catches and totaled 45 yards with one score. Zach Pascal owned one TD among his two receptions, while Travis Fulgham tallied on a 31-yard TD with his only catch of the day.
Junior running back Ray Lawry provided 133 yards on 23 carries for a Monarchs run game that totaled 206 yards.
Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback had a busy day, throwing 46 times and completing 26 for 300 with two TDs and one pick. It was the sixth time in Roback’s last seven games that he has thrown for at least 300 yards.
Three Eagles receivers registered at least five catches: freshman Dieuly Aristilde (7 rec., 80 yards); sophomore Eddie Daugherty (6 rec., 72 yards); and Sergio Bailey II (5 receptions, 69 yards).
Sophomore RB Blake Banham led EMU rushers with 13 carries for 63 yards. Freshman Breck Turner provided another 48 yards on eight trips and EMU totaled 179 yards rushing.
Old Dominion posted the only points before intermission. Brad Davis opened scoring with a 34-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. Washington hit Pascal on a 47-yard play with 7:59 remaining in the second period.
Eastern Michigan’s best offensive period was the third quarter. The Eagles started quickly, taking the opening kick and moving 76 yards on nine plays. Roback hit Bailey II on a 5-yard pass for the score.
Old Dominion responded with its own score on the following drive. Fulgham took a 31-yard pass from Washington to restore the Monarch’s 10-point advantage, 17-7, at 9:14.
Roback’s 5-yard TD pass to Niupalau on EMU’s next drive closed the Eagles deficit to three points and, following an Old Dominion fumble, Eastern drove 66 yards in 14 plays for Fricano’s 24-yard field goal to tie the contest (17-17) with 0:12 left in the third period.
Each team had one more score left in them. Old Dominion got seven points on its next possession, finishing with a Washington-to-Duhard 5-yard pass.
Eastern Michigan drove 77 yards on the ensuing possession, but was facing 4th and goal at the ODU 2-yard line. Fricano came on for the 19-yard field goal to make it 24-20. That ended up as the final score. Eastern got the ball just once more and punted from near midfield.