UNH falls to Old Dominion in record-setting game

Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke throws a pass against New Hampshire. He set a Division 1 record by passing for 730 yards.
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw a pass against New Hampshire. He set a Division 1 record by passing for 730 yards.
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Old Dominion 64
New Hampshire 61

NORFOLK, Va. — New Hampshire dominated the Colonial Athletic Association’s top defense for three quarters. Then the 18th-ranked Wildcats found out why the fifth-ranked Monarchs have the league’s top offense.

In a game that set several records Saturday, Old Dominion pulled out a 64-61 victory by scoring 23 consecutive points in the fourth quarter and then getting a winning 25-yard field goal from Jarod Brown with 41 seconds left.

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UNH (2-2) took a 54-38 lead into the final period of the teams’ CAA opener. However, Taylor Heinicke threw for two touchdowns to Nick Mayers, and Angus Harper scored on a 2-yard run to give the Monarchs a 61-54 edge.

The Wildcats tied the game on Andy Valias’s 45-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Harris, but Heinicke led ODU (4-0) on an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Brown’s kick. It was the highest-scoring game in CAA history.

Heinicke (five TD tosses) set a Division 1 record by passing for 730 yards. His 55 completions (on 79 attempts) were two short of the Championship Subdivision record. The sophomore added 11 rushes for 61 yards and a TD to set an FCS record with 791 yards of total offense.

Vailas threw for five touchdowns for UNH. The Wildcats scored their most points since 2006 (a 63-21 win at Rhode Island), but also gave up their most points since a 64-42 loss to UMass on Nov. 19, 1988. UNH also set a school mark with 35 first downs.

The Monarchs set an FCS record with 824 yards of total offense and the game featured a combined FCS record of 1,549 total yards.