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NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion's Reggie Owens and Fellonte Misher drove Ben Dupree out of bounds just shy of the goal line with 1:39 left, allowing the Monarchs to survive The Citadel 59-58 Saturday night at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Dupree's 23-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stenson had gotten the Bulldogs to within one point. After initially lining up for the game-tying extra point kick, the Bulldogs called timeout, then returned with their offense to try for a two-point conversion.

Dupree sprinted to his left and appeared to have a path to the end zone. But Owens and Misher cut off his path and denied him just short of the goal line.

It was one of the few times the ODU defense succeeded against Dupree, who ran for a school-record five touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter that allowed The Citadel to erase a 13-point deficit and surge ahead 52-51 with 4:21 remaining.

But the Monarchs needed just one play to respond, as Heinicke fired a 15-yard pass down the middle that Pinkard caught in stride, outrunning two defenders to the end zone to complete a 70-yard scoring pass play. Heinicke and Pinkard then hooked up for the two-point conversion to give ODU a seven-point cushion.

The Citadel still had time to respond, though, as ODU failed to convert on its third onside kick of the game and the Bulldogs began its final drive on the ODU 43. The Bulldogs needed just five plays to close to within a point but the ODU defense finally came up big.

With Dupree and Damien Robinson combining for five rushing TDs, the Bulldogs built a 38-35 lead midway through the third quarter. But ODU recovered back-to-back onside kicks as part of a 17-point barrage that boosted the Monarchs ahead 51-38. But Dupree wiped out that advantage with TD runs of two and 19 yards.

Robinson ran for 227 yards and two touchdowns while Dupree had 149 yards rushing, 113 more passing to go with his five rushing TDs and his scoring pass. The Bulldogs (1-3) finished with 566 yards of total offense, 453 on the ground.

Heinicke passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score for the Monarchs (2-2).

Ben Dupree and Darien Robinson each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as The Citadel scored 21 unanswered points on high-powered Old Dominion and claimed a 31-28 halftime lead.

Robinson produced a 62-yard touchdown run on the third play from scrimmage and added a 5-yard scoring run early in the second quarter to tie the game at 14. After a blocked punt by the Walker Smith set the Bulldogs up at the ODU 13-yard line, Dupree scored the first of his two TDs on a 13-yard run.

Dupree's 17-yard TD run on The Citadel's next possession put the Bulldogs in front 28-14.

ODU responded with two touchdowns in 36 seconds to tie things at 28. Colby Goodwin ran in from two yards out with 4:25 left. Then, after ODU recovered a Robinson fumble, Cam Boyd's 13-yard TD run drew the Monarchs even.

Thomas Warren's 27-yard field goal as the half ended gave the Bulldogs their three-point edge.

The Citadel finished the half with 234 rushing yards.

NOTES: ODU kicker Jarod Brown had a streak of 94 straight conversions snapped with he missed his attempt after ODU's sixth touchdown. ... The attendance of 20,118 mark ODU's 31st straight sellout. The Monarchs have sold out every home game since the school restarted its football program in 2009. ... ODU had scored touchdowns on nine straight first-half possessions over two games - all seven last week against Howard and the first two Saturday - before The Citadel finally forced a punt early in the second quarter... The blocked punt was the first against ODU since the school restarted its football program in 2009. ... ODU is coming off a school-record point total in last week's 76-19 rout of Howard. ... The Monarchs racked up 773 yards of total offense against the Bison.
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