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Taylor Heinicke: Old Dominion QB Throws for Record 730 Yards vs. New Hampshire

Photo Credit: L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot
Photo Credit: L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot
Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2012

If Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke's arm was being treated like Stephen Strasburg's, he would have been pulled at halftime of his team's 64-61 win over New Hampshire.

Instead, Heinicke let fly with 79 passes on Saturday and tallied an amazing and record-breaking 730 yards. 

That sets the standard for passing yards in a Division I contest, breaking David Klingler's mark of 716 yards in 1990. 

Heinicke completed 55 passes that went to 10 different receivers. He had two receivers catch 12 passes for a combined 414 yards. These numbers result in an outstanding game for a QB, but that's just the start.

These stats didn't come in the meaningless minutes of a blowout. Old Dominion had to outscore New Hampshire 26-7 in the fourth quarter to earn the win. 

That fourth quarter included two touchdown passes by Heinicke, who had five for the game, and he also led them on the late drive that produced the game-winning field goal. 

So let's put this in perspective. ESPN pulled a nice stat together for this: There are nine FBS teams with at least two completed games on their schedule that do not have 730 yards. That's not just passing yards—that's all offensive yards!

Heinicke now has 1,921 passing yards on the season and 19 touchdown passes in his four games this season.

With the win, Old Dominion improved to an impressive 4-0, and with a passing offense like this, it may keep that perfect record rolling for a while.

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