Slacker that he is, Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke fell 7 yards shy of breaking college football’s single-game passing record Saturday against New Hampshire.
But Heinicke, the Monarchs and Wildcats combined to set a host of Division I, Championship Subdivision and all-division NCAA records in ODU’s 64-61 marathon victory that went four minutes shy of four hours.
A true sophomore in only his 13th college game, Heinicke completed 55-of-79 passes for 730 yards without an interception. He threw five touchdown passes.
After a Sunday morning of perusing the official NCAA record books, here’s what I have:
PASSING YARDS IN A QUARTER: Heinicke’s 293-yard fourth quarter eclipsed the FCS record of 284 set by Western Illinois’ Sam Clemons in the second quarter versus Indiana State in 2001.
PASSING YARDS IN A HALF: Heinicke’s 480-yard second half dismantled the FCS record of 383 set by Marshall’s Michael Payton in the first half against VMI in 1991. The Division I record is 517 by Houston’s Andre Ware against SMU in 1989.
PASSING YARDS IN A GAME: As noted Saturday, Heinicke’s 730 bests the Division I record of Houston’s David Klingler, who threw for 716 against Arizona State in 1990. The FCS record was 624 by Weber State’s Jamie Martin against Idaho State in 1991. The NCAA all-divisions record of 736 was set just this season by Division III Eureka's Sam Durley against Knox, besting the 731 by Division III Menlo's Zamir Amin versus Cal-Lutheran in 2000. Hat tip to ODU sports information guru Kim Zivkovich for the Durley find.
PASSES IN A GAME WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: Heinicke’s 79 breaks the all-division record of 77 set by Justin Peery of Division III Westminster of Missouri against MacMurray in 1998. The Division I record of 76 was shared by Eastern Michigan’s Andy Schmitt (versus Temple in 2008) and Houston’s Case Keenum (against UTEP in 2009).
TOTAL OFFENSE IN A QUARTER: Heinicke’s 293 yards in the fourth, all through the air, breaks the FCS record of 278 set by Mississippi Valley State’s Willie Totten in the second quarter against Kentucky State in 1984.
TOTAL OFFENSE IN A HALF: Heinicke had 496 after intermission (480 passing, 16 rushing), lapping the FCS record of 404 set by Stephen F. Austin’s Todd Hammel in the first quarter against Louisiana-Monroe in 1989.
TOTAL OFFENSE IN A GAME: Also as noted Saturday, Heinicke’s 791 yards (730 passing, 61 rushing) are an NCAA record, besting Klingler’s 732 (716 passing, 16 rushing) versus Arizona State in 1990. The FCS record was 668 by Jackson State’s Robert Kent (595 passing, 73 rushing) against Alabama State in 2001.
TEAM PASSING YARDS: ODU’s 730 breaks the FCS record of 699 set by Mississippi Valley State in 1984 versus Kentucky State. Houston owns the FBS record of 771 against SMU in 1989.
FIRST DOWNS PASSING: The Monarchs’ 37 breaks the Division I record of 33 set by Idaho against Middle Tennessee State in 2001. Montana owned the FCS record, with 32 versus Weber State in 1999.
COMBINED FIRST DOWNS: ODU (39) and New Hampshire (35) had 74, breaking the FCS record of 72 set by Bethune-Cookman (40) and Howard (32) in 1987. Houston (40) and Louisiana Tech (48) set the Division I record of 78 two weeks ago.
COMBINED TOTAL OFFENSE: The Monarchs (825) and Wildcats (724) teamed for 1,529 yards, crushing the FCS mark of 1,423 held by Murray State (816) and Missouri State (607) since 2010. But Murray State and Missouri State set their record in a mere 134 plays (10.6 yards per snap), while ODU and New Hampshire had 195 (7.8 yards per play). The all-divisions record is 1,640 yards set by San Jose State (849) and Nevada (791) in 2001.
COMBINED SCORING: While producing the highest-scoring game in Colonial Athletic Association history, ODU and New Hampshire fell shy of national marks. The highest-scoring regulation game is Weber State's 73-68 victory over Portland State in 2007.
More fun with numbers: Through four games, Heinicke is averaging 480.3 passing yards. The NCAA record is 467.3 by Klingler in 1990. The FCS record is 455.7 by Totten in 1984.
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