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Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) - Many expected an offensive battle between New Hampshire and Old Dominion, but no one could have predicted the historic outcome Saturday.

In an absolutely absurd statistical performance, ODU overcame a 23-point third-quarter deficit and quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for a Division I record 730 yards in an amazing, 64-61 victory.

Heinicke completed 55-of-79 attempts and threw for five touchdowns.

He added 61 rushing yards for one touchdown, giving him 791 yards of total offense, also a Division I record.

Fifth-ranked ODU (4-0) racked up 824 yards of offense. Wide receiver Nick Mayers caught 12 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The Monarchs added 94 rushing yards.

No. 18 New Hampshire (2-2) totaled 725 yards of offense (389 rushing) as sophomore quarterback Andy Valais passed for 336 yards and five touchdowns, Nicco Steriti had 201 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and receivers R.J. Harris and Joey Orlando scored two touchdowns each.

The Monarchs scored five touchdowns in the second half and, ironically, it was the place-kicker, Jared Brown, who booted a 25-yard field goal with 44 seconds to break a 61-61 tie.

ODU's Andre Simmons sealed the win with the game's lone interception on UNH's final drive.

Heinicke was six passing yards shy of the all-division passing record of Sam Durley of Division III Eureka (Ill.) College. He threw for 736 passing yards in his team's 62-55 come-from-behind win against Knox earlier this season.

The previous Division I record was 716 yards, set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990 against Arizona State. Weber State's Jamie Martin set the previous FCS record with 623 passing yards against Idaho State in 1991.

Heinicke's total yards surpassed Klinger's 732 by Kingler in the 1990 game against Arizona State and the FCS record of 668 by Jackson State's Robert Kent against Alabama State in 2001.

The meeting was the first, and the likely last, between the two schools because the Monarchs will move to the FBS level in 2013, joining Conference USA.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0) 66, Prairie View A&M (0-4) 7

The reigning national champion Bison completed non-conference action by scoring the game's first 66 points. They spread the wealth as quarterback Brock Jensen threw for three first-half touchdowns and Deveon Dinwiddie rushed for three second-half touchdowns.

Jensen and backup Carson Wentz were a combined 21-of-23 for 285 yards and four touchdowns, while Jerry Lovelocke was 16-of-18 for 122 yards and a touchdown for winless PVAM.

No. 2 Montana State (3-0, 1-0 Big Sky) 41, Northern Colorado (1-3, 0-1) 16

Quarterback DeNarius McGhee was 34-for-44 for 387 yards and two touchdowns while adding 44 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Cody Kirk rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns as the Bobcats raced to a 21-0 lead.

No. 25 Central Arkansas (3-1, 1-0 Southland) 24, No. 3 Sam Houston State (1-2, 0-1) 20

UCA stunned last year's Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State as Wynrick Smothers connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Croom with 57 seconds left.

Karl Brady then intercepted Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell in the UCA end zone as time expired.

Smothers had pulled the Bears within 20-17 on a 17-yard touchdown run with 3:18 left to play. He finished with 318 passing yards.

Sam Houston State's Tim Flanders ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bearkats' lone win was against Division II Incarnate Word. If they don't win the conference title, they likely would have to win seven of their final eight games to earn an FCS at-large playoff bid. Their remaining schedule includes a game at Texas A&M.

No. 4 Youngstown State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) 42, No. 8 Northern Iowa (1-3, 0-1) 35

Kurt Hess' fourth touchdown pass of the game - a 26-yarder to Christian Bryan with 1:50 left - was the game-winner, erasing a 35-35 tie.

Hess was 20-for-28 for 290 yards, offsetting Sawyer Kollmorgen's 333 passing yards and one touchdown for Northern Iowa.

Jamaine Cook rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown for Youngstown State, which ended an 11-game losing streak to UNI.

No. 5 Old Dominion (4-0, 1-0 CAA) 64, No. 18 New Hampshire (2-2, 0-1) 61

Over 20,000 fans witnessed perhaps the CAA's most historic offensive game. ODU, which overcame a 47-24 third-quarter deficit, totaled 824 yards of offense compared to UNH's 725.

The two teams combined for the highest point total in conference history.

No. 6 James Madison (3-1, 1-0 CAA) 32, Rhode Island (0-3, 0-1) 7

James Madison quarterback Justin Thorpe completed 26-of-40 passes for a career-high 340 yards and two touchdowns as the Dukes improved to 3-1.

JMU totaled 498 yards, while holding URI to just 19 rushing yards and 183 total yards.

No. 7 Wofford (3-0), Idle

The Terriers will try to improve to 2-0 in the Southern Conference when they visit Elon on Sept. 29.

No. 9 Eastern Washington (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky) 32, Weber State (0-4, 0-1) 26

Jordan Talley scored on runs of 6 and 7 yards as Eastern Washington built a 17-0 first-half lead that it didn't relinquish in the Big Sky opener for both teams.

The Eagles had nearly a 10-minute edge in time of possession.

North Carolina State (3-1) 52, No. 10 The Citadel (3-1) 14

Darien Robinson's 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter pulled The Citadel to a 7-7 tie before N.C. State moved away to the easy win.

The Wolfpack outrushed The Citadel, 282 yards to 199.

No. 11 Georgia Southern (2-1, 1-1) 26, Elon (2-2, 0-1)

Alex Hanks' 32-yard field goal with 3:40 left lifted defending SoCon champ Georgia Southern, which was coming off a loss to The Citadel.

Quarterback Ezayi Youyoute rused for 106 yards and threw for 66 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles rushed for 342 yards.

Elon's Thomas Wilson threw two touchdown passes to star wide receiver Aaron Mellette.

No. 12 Delaware (4-0, 1-0 CAA) 51, William & Mary (0-4, 0-1) 21

Running back Andrew Pierce scored two touchdowns - his first points of the season - and totaled 112 rushing yards in Delaware's fourth win of the year.

The Blue Hens' Travis Hawkins scored on a 90-yard return of a blocked field goal and Vince Hollerman returned a fumble 45 yards for another score.

William & Mary fell to 0-4. Raphael Ortiz threw for 262 yards in the loss.

Inclement weather delayed the game in the second half.

No. 13 Towson (2-1) 46, St. Francis, Pa. (2-2) 17

Terrance West scored three touchdowns and was one of three Towson players to rush for at least 60 yards. West had 62 yards, Sterlin Phifer 63 and Dominique Booker 60.

Derrick Joseph answered St. Francis' early touchdown with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.

Northern Arizona (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) 41, No. 14 Montana (2-2, 0-1) 31

Northern Arizona beat Montana for the first time since 1997 and in Missoula for the first time since 1986.

Zach Bauman rushed for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and the Lumberjacks took advantage of five UM turnovers. Safety Lucky Dozier had two of the three interceptions thrown by Grizzlies quarterback Trent McKinney and added two pass breakups.

The win was the first ever for NAU head coach Jerome Souers, a former longtime assistant coach at UM, who is in his 14th season as the head man in Flagstaff.

Dan Moore rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns in Montana's loss.

No. 15 Illinois State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) 23, Western Illinois (2-2, 0-1) 3

Darrelynn Dunn rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns to keep Illinois State unbeaten.

The Redbirds held host WIU to 137 total yards and only Pat Smith's 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

No. 16 Lehigh (4-0) 28, Liberty (0-4) 26

Lehigh improved to 4-0, denying Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum's pass attempt for a two-point conversion with 59 seconds left.

Mountain Hawks senior signal-caller Mike Colvin rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Winless Liberty fell to a ranked opponent for the third straight week.

No. 17 Appalachian State (2-2, 1-1 SoCon) 34, Chattanooga (1-3, 0-2) 17

Visiting ASU scored 24 first-quarter points to rebound from a loss to The Citadel.

Mountaineers signal-caller Jamal Jackson threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver Sean Price caught 10 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-3, 1-0 Southland) 25, No. 19 McNeese State (3-1, 0-1) 24

McNeese State fell to a Southeastern Louisiana rally in the fourth quarter. The host Lions overcame a 24-10 deficit and completed the rally with Nathan Stanley's 3-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Jenkins with 2:39 left and Michael Chaney's ensuing run for a two-point conversion.

Stanley was 21-for-35 for 274 yards and the one touchdown.

Cody Stroud threw for two TDs in McNeese's first loss.

No. 20 Stony Brook (3-1) 32, Colgate (1-3) 31

Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet scored his only touchdown of the game with 3:31 left, allowing the Seawolves to erase a 31-26 deficit.

Maysonet rushed for 198 yards. Fellow running back Marcus Coker totaled 68 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns.

No. 21 Eastern Kentucky (3-1, 1-0) 51, No. 24 Jacksonville State (1-2, 0-1) 21

Eastern Kentucky jumped out to a 34-8 lead at halftime when quarterback T.J. Pryor threw all four of his touchdown passes to different receivers.

EKU running back Matt Denham carried the ball 24 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns in his team's convincing Ohio Valley Conference opening win.

South Dakota State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) 24, No. 22 Indiana State (2-2, 0-1) 10

In a contest featuring the FCS' top two rushers, South Dakota State sophomore Zach Zenner proved why he is ranked No. 1.

The sophomore rushed for 237 yards on 29 carries (averaging eight yards per carry) and one touchdown in SDSU's Missouri Valley Football Conference win.

Indiana State's Shakir Bell, who entered the game as the FCS' No. 2 rusher, only managed 54 yards on the ground.

Albany (3-1) 30, No. 23 Maine (1-2) 20

Albany continued its impressive start to the season, never trailing in its second win over Maine in three seasons.

Sean Kenny kicked three field goals in the first quarter and Drew Smith rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

09/22 23:44:59 ET



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