The EMU defense allowed just 10 points as ODU scored on special teams with a 46-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. The 10 points given up is the fewest allowed by an EMU defense since Oct. 22, 2011, when the Eagles defeated Western Michigan University, 14-10. The 17 points allowed overall on the night was the fewest surrendered by Eastern Michigan since a 30-17 victory over Buffalo, Nov. 12, 2011.
Rob Bolden entered the contest at the end of the third quarter to lead the Eagles on their lone scoring drive. Junior Dylan Mulder booted a 43-yard field goal, tying the longest of his career. In just over one quarter of play, Bolden was 3-of-6 passing for 16 yards while rushing the ball 12 times for 31 yards.
On offense, Eastern finished with 215 total yards, including 143 on the ground. Bronson Hill paced the Eagles' rushing attack with 78 yards on 16 carries. Starting quarterback Brogan Roback led Eastern's passing game by going 9-of-17 for 56 yards.
ODU was led by Gerard Johnson on the ground. He carried the ball 19 times for 85 yards. Ray Lawry added four for 69 yards, including a 55-yard run for the only offensive touchdown of the game. ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 17-of-30 passing attempts for 187 yards. Antonio Vaughn led the Monarchs' receiving corps with 54 yards on two catches, and the ODU speedster also took a punt back 46 yards for a touchdown.
Old Dominion got on the board first when Ray Lawry scored on a 55-yard run. The Monarchs took their 7-0 advantage into halftime.
Ricky Segers’s 26-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the third quarter make it a 10-0 game, but Mulder hit on a 43-yarder for EMU to pull the Eagles back within seven at 10-3.
Vaughan’s punt return with 7:28 remaining gave the Monarchs a 14-point advantage at 17-3 and nobody could score the rest of the way.