NORFOLK, VA – Sophomore quarterback Andre Broadous passed for 212 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a pair of scores as No. 14/16 Cal Poly outlasted Old Dominion 50-37 in a non-conference football game Saturday night before 19,782 at Foreman Field in S.B. Ballard Stadium.
Broadous hit Dominique Johnson and Mark Rodgers with long touchdown passes in the first half and ran 2 and 8 yards for scores in the fourth quarter as Cal Poly improved to 4-2 on the year.
Despite accumulating 442 yards in total offense and scoring 37 points, Old Dominion fell to 3-3.
Old Dominion jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first 80 seconds of the game. After the Monarchs recovered a game-opening onside kick, Desmond Williams ran 10 yards for the touchdown.
The rest of the game belonged to Cal Poly, although the host Monarchs made several comeback attempts.
Jake West kicked a 28-yard field goal moments after David Mahr's 63-yard run and Mahr followed with a 10-yard touchdown run following a 29-yard interception return by Nico Molino as Cal Poly gained a 10-7 lead and never looked back.
Johnson's 75-yard scoring pass from Broadous and a 31-yard field goal by West following a 20-yard run by Mahr gave Cal Poly a 20-7 advantage with 9:42 remaining in the second quarter.
Old Dominion closed the gap to seven points on one occasion and to six points two other times, but could never gain the upper hand as Cal Poly continued to score points.
Rodgers caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Broadous moments after his own 22-yard run as Cal Poly built a 27-14 lead shortly before halftime.
Old Dominion quarterback Thomas DeMarco hit Reid Evans with a 10-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 27-20 at the break.
After a scoreless third quarter, Cal Poly maintained the lead with three touchdowns and a field goal in the final quarter.
West hit a 26-yard field goal set up by a 35-yard run by Mahr, Broadous ran twice for scores and fullback Jake Romanelli clinched the win for Cal Poly with a 35-yard run up the middle with 6:10 to go in the game. Mahr set up the first touchdown with a 29-yard catch and Rodgers returned a kickoff 49 yards to set up pthe final Mustang touchdown of the game.
That gave Cal Poly a 50-30 cushion.
Old Dominion scored on a nine-yard pass from DeMarco to Chris Lovitt with 3:24 to play, got the ball back on another onside kick and drove to the Cal Poly 20-yard line before James Chen and Kyle Murphy combined to sack DeMarco for an 11-yard loss on fourth down with 1:25 to play.
Cal Poly amassed a season-high 538 total yards – 326 on the ground and 212 through the air -- and scored on each of its six possessions in the red zone.
Old Dominion had the edge in first downs, 24-22, and a 14-second advantage in time of possession.
Mahr (pictured above) rushed for a career-high 156 yards – his first 100-yard game as a Mustang – and caught one pass for 28 yards while making several critical blocks for Cal Poly. Romanelli added 74 yards on 13 trips.
Broadous completed 11 of 14 passes for a career-high 212 yards and two scores. Johnson was Broadous' favorite target with six catches for 123 yards and one score.
Mohamed recorded a career-high 16 tackles and also forced a fumble and recovered that fumble in the fourth quarter to lead the Mustangs defensively. Molino and Jackson each notched nine tackles and an interception.
For Old Dominion, DeMarco rushed for 45 yards on 16 carries and completed 28 of 57 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted twice and fumbled once. Evans finished with six catches for 48 yards and Prentice Gill and Marquel Thomas each made five catches.
Cal Poly completes its five-game road trip next Saturday, visiting Southern Utah for a 2 p.m. PDT kickoff in Cedar City, UT. The Mustangs, who started the road trip Sept. 18 at Texas State, followed by games at McNeese State, Fresno State and Old Dominion, returns home to Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Oct. 23 against North Dakota.
Southern Utah improved to 2-4 on the year with a 31-21 Great West win over North Dakota on Saturday.
David Mahr entered the game with 125 career rushing yards for Cal Poly ... Andre Broadous threw for 97 total yards in his two previous career starts ... Old Dominion, playing its second season of football after a 68-year hiatus, and Cal Poly met for the first time in football ... Cal Poly's 50 points are the most since a 51-28 win over UC Davis in 2008 ... the Mustangs earned their 100th victory since moving to the Football Championship Subdivision in 1994 and are 100-84 in 16-plus FCS seasons ... Cal Poly's captains Saturday were Asa Jackson, David Mahr, Marty Mohamed and Will Mitchell ... playing their first college games Saturday were true freshmen David Douglas and Vante Johnson ... Douglas made two tackles on special teams while Johnson played in the defensive secondary after injuries to Asa Jackson and Bijon Samoodi ... both Jackson and Samoodi returned to the game ... the Mustangs have won two of their last three road games since snapping an eight-game road losing streak Sept. 25 at McNeese State ... Old Dominion had held Gardner-Webb -- a team which upset FBS member Akron 38-37 in overtime -- to just seven points last week ... there were numerous big plays in the 87-point affair as the teams combined for 980 total offensive yards and tacked on 529 yards on kickoff and punt returns.