Postgame Notes – December 23, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Old Dominion 24, Eastern Michigan 20

Superlatives

  • Prior to today, the fewest points scored by any Popeyes Bowl participant was 31 points (by Middle Tennessee State in 2015).
  • Prior to today, only one Popeyes Bowl participant had scored less than 45 points (31 points by MTSU in 2015).
  • Eastern Michigan broke a Popeyes Bowl record for total plays (85) and pass attempts (47).
  • Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback broke a Popeyes Bowl record for passing attempts.
  • Roback became the fourth different quarterback in Popeyes Bowl history to throw for at least 300 yards.
  • ODU’s Ray Lawry became the second player in Popeyes Bowl history to rush for more than 100 yards.
  • Old Dominion’s Denzel Williams and Eastern Michigan’s Vince Calhoun became the fourth and fifth players in Popeyes Bowl history to record an interception.
  • Eastern Michigan’s Jaron Johnson set a bowl record with five kickoff returns and with 89 kickoff return yards.
  • ODU’s Jamez Brickhouse established a bowl record with eight solo tackles.
  • EMU’s Paul Fricano kicked two field goals to break a Popeyes Bowl record. He also tied the record for attempts with two.
  • Eastern Michigan broke a PBB record with 13 third-down conversions. It also broke a record with 20 third-down attempts.
  • Old Dominion ran 16 plays on its first possession – the most plays in any one drive in PBB history. The Monarchs’ opening drive used 7:17 off the clock – the most time elapsed on a drive in PBB history.

Honors

  • Old Dominion’s Ray Lawry was named the Offensive Player of the Game, joining previous winners Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky) and Jamauri Bogan (Western Michigan).
  • Old Dominion’s T.J. Ricks was named the Defensive Player of the Game, joining previous winners Derik Overstreet (Western Kentucky) and Grant DePalma (Western Michigan).
  • Bobby Wilder was the winning head coach, joining previous winning head coaches Jeff Brohm (Western Kentucky, 2014) and P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan, 2015).

Miscellaneous

  • Today’s attendance: 13,422
  • Eastern Michigan won the toss and elected to defer.
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