Camels meet FBS opponent for first time on gridiron

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 04:55 AM

Campbell will visit Old Dominion today for a 1 p.m. kickoff for the Camels' first game against a Football Bowl Subdivision member in CU program history.

The Camels (2-8, 1-6 Pioneer) were a late addition to ODU's schedule as the game was announced in late July. The Monarchs (7-3) are transitioning to FBS classification after spending their first four seasons at the FCS level.

The Camels and Monarchs have matched up in each of the last four seasons, including three times at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk.

The game will mark the first time a Pioneer Football League team has played an FBS opponent since former member Austin Peay fell 41-3 at Troy on Oct. 5, 2002. Campbell will open the 2014 season at Appalachian St. for what will be ASU's first game in the FBS ranks.

The Camels are coming off a 55-28 loss to PFL co-leader Marist. The Camels set multiple offensive school records in the loss, including 340 passing yards by quarterback Brian Hudson.CU surpassed season marks in team rushing (2,421 yards) and passing yards (1,998), passing touchdowns (15), all-purpose yards (5,812) and total offense (4,419).

Hudson, already the Campbell single-season rushing record-holder with 788 yards, stands second in passing yards with 1,746 on the year. The Stafford, Va. native has 12 touchdowns passing and six rushing to lead the Camels. Senior running back Kurt Odom tacks on 523 rushing and 278 receiving yards with five combined touchdowns, while Ben Bolling has caught four touchdown passes and a team-high 427 yards.

Redshirt junior linebacker Matt Farris has collected 70 tackles with a sack and an interception. Isaac Scott has 41 tackles and four sacks and Ugonna Awuruonye owns a team-high five sacks to go along with 10 tackles for loss.

ODU won 59-38 at Idaho last Saturday for its first-ever win against an FBS program. The Monarchs have won three in a row since losing 35-24 at Pittsburgh on Oct. 19.

The Camels will close out the 2013 season with a trip to PFL rival Davidson on Nov. 23.