ODU's Heinicke throws for D-I record 730 yards
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.
"He's capable of doing this," ODU coach Bobby Wilder said. "I don't think this is a one-hit wonder by Taylor Heinicke today. I think he's very capable of this."
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.
09/23 00:25:41 ET