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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Moncks Corner residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Moncks Corner, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Moncks Corner, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Moncks Corner, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Moncks Corner, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

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Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $169.00
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $199.00
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $229.00
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $449.00

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Moncks Corner with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
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Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Moncks Corner.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Moncks Corner.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Moncks Corner and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Moncks Corner, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Moncks Corner, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Moncks Corner, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Moncks Corner property owners to see 15 percent tax increase

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - For the first time in seven years, homeowners and landowners in Moncks Corner will see a 15 percent property tax increase starting on October 1.At the Moncks Corner Town Council meeting Thursday evening, the vote for a new budget was passed unanimously with only one member of the public providing input.The economy, fuel prices and labor costs are all contributing factors according to Mayor Michael Lockliear, but the main reason for the increase is to afford and pay public employees.“Ret...

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - For the first time in seven years, homeowners and landowners in Moncks Corner will see a 15 percent property tax increase starting on October 1.

At the Moncks Corner Town Council meeting Thursday evening, the vote for a new budget was passed unanimously with only one member of the public providing input.

The economy, fuel prices and labor costs are all contributing factors according to Mayor Michael Lockliear, but the main reason for the increase is to afford and pay public employees.

“Retention has been very tough over the last year keeping employees,” Lockliear said. “Since other people are paying more around us, we had to step up and do the same thing.”

The tax hike means a homeowner with a property valued at $250,000 will have to pay $100 more per year on property taxes. Statistically, it is normal to increase taxes by about two-percent each year.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Special Prosecutor Tyler Jenkins was the only one who asked a question during the public input portion of the meeting.

“My real question as far as the millage rate, 15 percent in one year seems like a pretty high number,” Jenkins said. “Was there any discussion about why that wasn’t incrementally put into place?”

In response, Lockliear said this is the first time in seven years that the city has had to increase property tax, which he is very proud of.

“We did it so we wouldn’t have to come back in two years and do it again,” Lockliear said. “As a resident of Moncks Corner, I’d much rather be taxed one time now and then another time in 10 years or so, but not every two years.”

Every year, the city government meets for a budget workshop where they go through the department by department and cut what is needed for a balanced budget. This year, Lockliear said they were short about $325,000 with the more expensive costs coming from health care and retirement benefits to public employees

“With that being done, it put a big dent in our budget,” Lockliear said. “That’s why the millage increase came and hopefully it will take us through the next six to seven-eight years.”

The new budget takes place from Oct. 1, 2022, until Sept. 30, 2023. Operating revenues will increase from $12,417,159 to $15,622,744 and operating expenditures will increase from $14,151,802 to $15,363,175.

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Countdown to Colonial Day and Fort Fair Lawn opening in Moncks Corner

In what promises to be a family-friendly day of history, reenactments and games, Old Santee Canal Park, the Berkeley County Museum and Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust are welcoming visitors of all ages to their Colonial Day and Fort Fair Lawn grand opening, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 at 900 Stony Landing Road in Moncks Corner.The occasion marks the grand opening of Fort Fair Lawn, situated a mile away from Old Santee Canal Park.Fort Fair Lawn is one of only two earthen military strongholds left in the United States...

In what promises to be a family-friendly day of history, reenactments and games, Old Santee Canal Park, the Berkeley County Museum and Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust are welcoming visitors of all ages to their Colonial Day and Fort Fair Lawn grand opening, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 at 900 Stony Landing Road in Moncks Corner.

The occasion marks the grand opening of Fort Fair Lawn, situated a mile away from Old Santee Canal Park.

Fort Fair Lawn is one of only two earthen military strongholds left in the United States, recounts Berkeley County Museum Director Chelsy Proper, with the other being Star Fort at the Ninety Six Historic Site, about 60 miles south of Greenville.

The Sept. 24 event will allow spectators to see Fort Fair Lawn in its current state, along with taking in reenactments provided by performers dressed in colonial attire. Some of the on-site actors will be armed with muskets and they may even fire off a canon or two.

As for the historical significance of the site, Proper explains that Fort Fair Lawn was actually built in the late 1770s by the British as a holding area to store their military armaments.

“They had it here because it’s close to the Cooper River and they were able to get their supplies up here. Moncks Corner was strategic during the revolution because it was kind of the gateway to Charleston,

“They really wanted to capture Charleston — which they did. The fort was held by the British until (late) 1781, when the patriots came in and attacked [it] and took it over.”

From that point, American troops never utilized Fort Fair Lawn, as the structure was left to be surrounded in overgrown vegetation while it progressively sank deeper into the ground.

And though it was practically abandoned by American forces, centuries later, historian Douglas Bostick of the South Carolina Preservation Battleground Trust describes the site in glowing terms by stating: “Fort Fair Lawn is probably the most pristine, intact original American Revolutionary War fortification in South Carolina, if not the country.”

Over the next 240 years after its abandonment, many locals would go drink beers at the fort or even ride their go carts around the old fortress.

So, while much of the action and reenactment activities are taking place at the fort site on Sept. 24, those who seek a deeper understanding of what transpired in Moncks Corner and the surrounding Charleston area during the American Revolutionary War period can drop in on a lecture at Old Santee Canal Park. The historical learning sessions are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

The subjects covered during these discussions will include a snapshot of residents who remained loyal to the British regime, as well as South Carolina’s connection to Barbados, as many Charlestonians of the time originally came from the island country in the West Indies. In fact, many plantations in South Carolina very closely resemble similar estates that were prevalent in Barbados.

In addition, the first annual Colonial Day will feature games for children in the form of scavenger hunts. Other event activities include indigo dyeing, candle making, native birds/plant talk, the fabrication of sweetgrass baskets and an information session on colonial medicine.

And those who wish to tour the Berkeley Historic Museum can enjoy an up-close and personal view of artifacts found inside Fort Fair Lawn in the form of buttons, soldier belt and shoe buckles and more.

Proper considers Colonial Day and the grand opening of Fort Fair Lawn as an exciting learning opportunity for many newcomers to the Lowcountry.

“There are so many people moving to the area that a lot of them don’t know this history. So, there has been a renewed interest just in the [American] Revolutionary War in general. I’m not sure where that renewed interest comes from, I’m just glad it’s here,” says the researcher/interpreter who hails from the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.

Additional information on the Sept. 24 affair can be found on Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center Facebook page.

Berkeley County adoption event calls attention to forgotten dogs

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - For the fourth year in a row, the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center hosted an adoption event and invited the public to see what dogs need a home at Cypress Gardens.The event brought dog lovers and community members together to meet dogs, listen to music, grab food or drinks at vendor stations and learn more about what groups in the area are doing to help animals.Olivia Whitehurst, President of the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center, said the main goal of Saturday’s event is to bring in as many ...

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - For the fourth year in a row, the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center hosted an adoption event and invited the public to see what dogs need a home at Cypress Gardens.

The event brought dog lovers and community members together to meet dogs, listen to music, grab food or drinks at vendor stations and learn more about what groups in the area are doing to help animals.

Olivia Whitehurst, President of the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center, said the main goal of Saturday’s event is to bring in as many foster dogs from different organizations together to hopefully become adopted.

“It’s a way of giving back to them,” Whitehurst said. “It’s about saying, bring your animals, let’s get them adopted. Berkeley Animal Center is also out here with their dogs for adoption today. So, we’re hoping a lot of animals are saved here today.”

Berkeley Animal Shelter Kennel Technician, Thomas Hootman, said they brought 15 dogs to the event to be adopted and as of 2 p.m. on Saturday, six dogs had been adopted.

“Sassy has been with us since June and when she went, I got a little teary-eyed,” Hootman said. “She’s been with us for a long time and to see that kind of a dog, who’s that great, and who’s been here for so long? We’re not really sure why she finally got adopted, but it just warms the heart.”

The event also brought city council members to participate in the dunk tank, where proceeds went directly to the shelter. Whitehurst said after raising money on Saturday, $1,000 will be able to go directly to purchasing supplies for the animals.

“We’ve been in a state of emergency for a long time; we just have too many dogs,” Hootman said. “To have an event like this where we can actually be on display, especially with you know, Cypress Gardens, being free to the county. There’s a lot of opportunity to find great families for great dogs.”

The Friends of Berkeley Animal Center said they are raising money to make our Berkeley Animal Shelter the best it can be.

“This event is going on long after me, we are saving more animals every year, and we’re becoming more aware,” Whitehurst said.

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Fort Fair Lawn, part of Liberty Trail, opens to the public

MONCKS CORNER — Check the box. Fort Fair Lawn is the first historic site that is part of South Carolina’s Liberty Trail to open to the public.The ribbon was cut the morning of Sept. 23, providing access to a remarkable, well-preserved British fort used during the American Revolution as a staging ground and strategic installation. It both deployed Redcoats to Charleston and the surrounding areas, and received Redcoats in retreat from battles such as the bloody one in 1781 at Eutaw Springs, the last big confrontation of the ...

MONCKS CORNER — Check the box. Fort Fair Lawn is the first historic site that is part of South Carolina’s Liberty Trail to open to the public.

The ribbon was cut the morning of Sept. 23, providing access to a remarkable, well-preserved British fort used during the American Revolution as a staging ground and strategic installation. It both deployed Redcoats to Charleston and the surrounding areas, and received Redcoats in retreat from battles such as the bloody one in 1781 at Eutaw Springs, the last big confrontation of the war in the state.

Tours are available via the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. Temporary signage is mounted with permanent signage interpreting this history to come.

The fort was manned by garrisons ordered to protect British interests and to make it easier to move troops. It was a crossroads and a base from which the British lay siege on Charleston.

During that siege and subsequent occupation, which spanned 32 months beginning in the spring of 1780, American fighters led by Brig. Gen. Francis Marion, Lt. Col. Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, Col. Wade Hampton, Col. Hezekiah Maham, Col. Isaac Shelby and other Patriots adopted guerrilla tactics and harassed British positions.

This strategy eroded the ability of the British to retain control of the territory. They were forced to engage in skirmishes, launch raids to procure food, forage for supplies and more, often finding themselves under fire.

Fort Fair Lawn was an extension of the Fair Lawn Barony, 12,000 acres along the west branch of the Cooper River owned by the Colleton family. It included a mansion the British would use as a retreat.

On Nov. 17, 1781, Marion dispatched Maham and Shelby and about 400 fighters to attack Fair Lawn. The British, taken by surprise, were forced to surrender.

The Lord Berkeley Trust began the process of acquiring the 80-acre Fort Fair Lawn tract in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2016 that the property was secured. It took $1 million in funding from the South Carolina Conservation Bank, $500,000 in hydrology mitigation funding from the State Ports Authority, and $500,000 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

A tiny bridge in the woods leads to the fort, surrounded by the remains of a mote that once had about 6 feet of water in it. A small mound marks the remains of a cannon barbette. In the center of the fort are some loose bricks that once were part of a kiln the British used to forge weapons and ammunition. From this location the fort’s earthen walls, now merely eroded and overgrown mounds, are easier to see.

Doug Bostick, executive director of the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust, said the upcoming 250th anniversary celebration of the Revolutionary War surely has provided impetus to many to secure this and other historic sites. The trust, he said, has enjoyed notable success in recent years. Six properties are currently subject to negotiations, he said.

Among them is a site in Hollywood connected to the Battle of Stono Ferry. Another is Hammond’s Store in Laurens County. Another is Ports Ferry in Florence County.

All of these Revolutionary War sites will be part of the Liberty Trail, a joint effort between the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust and the American Battlefield Trust to preserve, interpret and promote key battlefields of the Southern Campaign.

The network is made possible thanks to involvement from nonprofits such as the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, the South Carolina Conservation Bank, municipal and county officials, and private and corporate philanthropy.

ODU Rallies to Claim First Sun Belt Football Victory, 29-26, over Arkansas State

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion won its first Sun Belt Conference football game Saturday night in memorable fashion.The Monarch defense forced two second-half turnovers that led to touchdowns, and ODU twice rallied from second-half deficits, to claim a 29-26 victory over Arkansas State before a boisterous crowd of 20,655 at S.B. Ballard Stadium.It wasn't an artful game – ODU's offense was shut out in the first half – but in clutch situations, when the Monarchs needed big plays, players on both sid...

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion won its first Sun Belt Conference football game Saturday night in memorable fashion.

The Monarch defense forced two second-half turnovers that led to touchdowns, and ODU twice rallied from second-half deficits, to claim a 29-26 victory over Arkansas State before a boisterous crowd of 20,655 at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

It wasn't an artful game – ODU's offense was shut out in the first half – but in clutch situations, when the Monarchs needed big plays, players on both sides of the ball made them.

"This was obviously a great win," said Ricky Rahne, ODU's Thurmond Family Head Coach. "I thought we did some great things in the second half.

"The defense played well throughout and made some plays, obviously there at the end, to give us a chance to win it.

"But I thought the offense in the second half made the plays they needed to win the game."

Defensive end Deeve Harris, a transfer from Minnesota, returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter that briefly gave ODU a 21-19 lead.

Then late in the fourth, with Arkansas State leading, 26-21, safety Terry Jones forced a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Tyre Bibby that led to the game-winner.

The fumble recovery gave ODU a first down at the 29. On fourth down and 3 at the 23, ODU quarterback Hayden Wolff threw a pass intended for Javon Harvey, who was pulled down by Arkansas State defensive back Kenneth Harris. That drew a flag for pass interference.

That gave ODU a first down at the seven. Wolff then passed to tight end Zack Kuntz for the touchdown.

ODU went for two and Obie Sanni, the 5-foot-9, 196-pound redshirt freshman from Aurora, Colorado broke a tackle to give the Monarchs a 29-26 lead with 6:33 left.

ODU then needed two stops from its defense and got them.

On fourth down and two at the Arkansas State 40, a pass from quarterback James Blackman fell incomplete.

Arkansas State regained possession in the final minute at its own two after a 38-yard punt by Ethan Duane but could not move the ball. On the game's final play, a desperation pass led to two laterals and then a fumble.

ODU (2-2 overall, 1-0 Sun Belt) mustered just 126 offensive yards in a first half in which the Monarchs only came close to scoring once, when freshman Ethan Sanchez missed a 48-yard field goal.

But the Monarch offense emerged from that nightmarish start with its batteries recharged.

ODU began the second half by driving 78 yards in five plays as Kuntz (34 yards) and Ali Jennings III (33) each hauled in long passes. Jennings' catch was originally ruled a touchdown, but after review, the ball was placed at the one.

Keshawn Wicks, the redshirt freshman from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, scored on the next play.

Arkansas State retaliated quickly with Blackman finding wide receiver Jeff Foreman on a 49-yard touchdown pass, which gave the Red Wolves a 19-7 lead.

ODU again quickly responded, with Wolff finding Jennings with a 77-yard touchdown pass, the longest play of the season.

ODU's defense, which has forced a ton of turnovers this season, then forced the first of two. With defensive end Marcus Haynes hanging onto him, Blackman threw a pass intercepted by Harris, who returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.

It was the second interception of his career and third career TD. A Sanchez PAT gave ODU a 21-19 lead.

The lead was short-lived, as the Red Wolves drove 60 yards, with AJ Mayer scoring from 23 yards to with 12:10 left.

ODU's defense then stepped up again forcing a fumble that led to the game-winner.

Linebacker Jason Henderson broke a school record with 21 tackles and linebacker Ryan Henry added 12. The Monarchs had seven sacks, each by a different player.

Arkansas State had 22 first downs to ODU's 12 and 397 offensive yards to ODU's 330. But ODU forced four turnovers and had none, and that proved to be critical. Wolff completed 19-of-32 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

Rahne said he can't really explain why the Monarchs were shut out in the first half and scored 29 points in the second half.

"Yeah, everyone asked me that," he said. "If I knew that, we wouldn't have a tale of two halves.

"I just told the guys that we have to have more belief. And I felt like I needed to have more passion in the second half.

"They need to see me excited, and they need to see me yelling and stuff. So maybe I have to do that more in practice, too."

Rahne smiled when asked about the significance of his team winning the first Sun Belt football game.

"You work just as hard for every single win, so they're all big," he said. "You want to start off the season on the right note. You want to start off conference play on the right note.

"That was a good football team we played tonight. They're probably better than their record last year (2-10) indicated and even better than their record this year (1-3, 0-1). This was a good victory.

"Obviously, we didn't play our best football in the first half. And I don't think we played our best football in the second half.

"But we did a lot of things that gave us a chance to win the game."

NOTES: Running back Keshawn Wicks and safety Tahj Ra-El made their first career starts … Wicks scored the first touchdown of his career in the third quarter … Wolff's 77-yard TD pass to Jennings in the third quarter was the fifth longest pass play in ODU history and longest since David Washington hit Jonathan Duhart for an 83-yard gain at UTEP in 2016 … The 140-yard receiving game was the sixth time Jennings has been over 100 yards … Linebacker Jason Henderson registered his fourth-straight double-digit tackle game to begin the year … Henderson's 21 tackles breaks the school record of 18 held by Henderson earlier this season, and TJ Ricks who had 18 in 2015 against Charlotte … The 21 tackles is the sixth most in Sun Belt Conference history and the most by an FBS player so far this season … Deeve Harris' three touchdowns are the most by an ODU defensive player in program history as well as the two interception returns for a touchdowns … The seven sacks is tied for the second most in a single game. It tied the seven ODU recorded against Albany in 2017 … Ryan Henry recorded a season-high and tied his career-high with 12 tackles … ODU won its FBS conference opener for the second time. ODU beat Rice in 2014 in the Conference USA opener.

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