GAME FIVE: #4/4 Old Dominion at Richmond
Sept. 26, 2012
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THE QUICK HITS:
Old Dominion Football is in its fourth season overall and final year in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Monarchs are coming off a thrilling 64-61 win over New Hampshire in regulation to kick off the CAA portion of its schedule.
The Monarchs lead all FCS schools in Scoring Offense (59.0), Total Offense (669.75), and Passing Offense (491.25) and also rank in the top-10 defensively in Sacks (3.5) at No. 6 and Tackles for Loss (8.25) at No. 9. Additionally QB Taylor Heinicke leads the nation in total offense at 529 yards a game.
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke has received national attention following the game with the Wildcats which saw the signal caller set an NCAA All-Division record in Total Offense in a Game, a Division I record in passing yards in a game, and FCS records in Total Offense in a Half, Passing Offense in a Half, and Total Offense and Passing Yards in a Quarter.
The Monarchs have won eight of their last nine games dating back to October 22nd of last season and are currently riding a six-game home win streak. ODU's last home loss was a 39-35 setback to #17/23 Towson on October 15, 2011. Old Dominion is currently 1-0 on the road this season with a win at Hampton.
Including the last road contest on September 15th at Hampton, nine of Old Dominion's 11 games will be played in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In fact, the Monarchs will not even have to leave the state until the October 20th contest at Towson.
The Monarchs moved up to their highest rankings to-date in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Poll. ODU comes into Saturday ranked No. 4 in both polls, moving up one spot from last week and marking the fourth week in the FCS Coaches Poll Top-5.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION:
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke set a slew of records completing 55-of-79 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns to go with 61 rushing yards and a score on the ground. With the performance, the Monarch sophomore now owns Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 yards passing while coming up just six yards shy of breaking college football's slngle-game passing mark. Heinicke also established new school records with 79 pass attempts, 55 completions, 730 passing yards and 791 total offensive yards.
For his performance Heinicke was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, The Sports Network Co-Offensive National Player of the Week, College Sporting News National All-Star, College Football Performance Awards National Performer and Quarterback of the Week, and College Sports Journal Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
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COMPARE & CONTRAST:
RISING UP THE RANKS:
It took the ODU Football Monarchs until year three and 27 games to receive its first Top 25 ranking on October 3, 2011, coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network Poll. Looking at other recent start-up programs, it took Coastal Carolina 32 games to achieve a national ranking when they came in at No. 24 in The Sports Network Poll in their third year on Nov. 8, 2005. That season the Chanticleers finished 9-2 and were the Big South co-champions. The Monarchs enter Saturday ranked at No. 4 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 4 in The Sports Network Poll.
WELCOME TO THE TOP 25:
The Football Monarch have been a member of the Top-25 for the last 13 weeks in the The Sports Network Poll and the last 12 weeks of the FCS Coaches Poll dating back to last season. ODU has been member of the Top-10 for the last seven weeks dating back to last season and the Top-5 for the last three week in the FCS Coaches Poll.
ODU FOOTBALL IN THE POLLS
Old Dominion improved to 3-1 all-time in season openers in week one:
Old Dominion In Season Openers:
9/5/2009 - vs. Chowan W, 36-21
9/4/2010 - vs. Jacksonville L, 25-35
9/3/2011 - vs. Campbell W, 41-14
9/1/2012 - vs. Duquesne W, 57-23
Old Dominion is currently 4-0 all-time in road openers including the week two win at Hampton:
Old Dominion In Road Openers:
9/19/2009 - at Jacksonville W, 28-27
9/11/2010 - at Campbell W, 35-21
9/10/2011 - at Georgia State W, 40-17
9/8/2012 - at Hampton W, 45-7
Old Dominion improved to 1-1 in CAA Opener with the the week four win over New Hampshire:
Old Dominion In CAA Openers:
9/24/2011 - at #7/6 Delaware L, 17-27
9/22/2012 - vs. #18/19 New Hampshire W, 64-61
Old Dominion improved to 2-0 in CAA Home Openers with the week four win over New Hampshire:
Old Dominion In CAA Home Openers:
10/1/2011 - vs. #20 UMass W, 48-33
9/22/2012 - vs. #18/19 New Hampshire W, 64-61
Old Dominion is currently 0-1 in CAA Road Openers:
Old Dominion In CAA Road Openers:
9/24/2011 - at #7/6 Delaware L, 17-27
MOST AND LEAST:
The 70 points scored by the Monarchs in week three against Campbell set a record for most points in a game. The 70 points surpassed the previous record of 57 tied in week one in the 57-23 victory over Duquesne along with the Monarchs' 57-9 victory over Savannah State on November 6, 2010. ODU added to the list in the week four CAA opener with 64 points against New Hampshire.
1. 70, Campbell, Sept. 15, 2012
2. 64, #18/19 New Hampshire, Sept. 22, 2012
3. 57, Duquesne, Sept. 1, 2012; 57, Savannah State, Nov. 6, 2010
4. 49, Virginia Union, Sept. 12, 2009
5. 48, at #3/2 Georgia Southern, Dec. 3, 2011; 48, #20 UMass, Oct. 1, 2011
In week two, the seven points scored by Hampton tied the record for fewest points in a game scored by an opponent along with the Monarchs' 14-7 win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 2, 2010.
1. 7, Gardner Webb, Oct. 2, 2010; 7, at Hampton, Sep. 8, 2012
2. 9, Savannah State, Nov. 6, 2010
3. 10, Georgetown, Oct. 31, 2009
4. 13, at Campbell, Sep. 11, 2010
5. 14, at Hampton, Oct. 30, 2010' 14, Campbell, Sep. 3, 2011; 14, at Villanova, Oct. 22, 2011; 14, Campbell, Sept. 15, 2012
BY THE QUARTERS:
Old Dominion is currently outscoring its opponents 104-81 in the first half of contests and 132-24 in the second half.
ODU has outscored the opposition 48-16 in the first quarter, with only #18/19 New Hampshire getting on the scoreboard in opening quarter action.
The Monarchs are outscoring the opposition 69-14 in the third quarter, once again with only #18/19 New Hampshire getting on the scoreboard in third quarter action.
ODU is outscoring its opponents 63-10 in the fourth quarter with Duquesne getting off a field goal in Week One and #18/19 New Hampshire with a touchdown in Week Four.
The second quarter meanwhile has ODU opponents outscoring the Monarchs 65-56.
ACTIVE TOUCHDOWN CAREER LEADERS:
With his 19 touchdowns on the year, sophomore Taylor Heinicke is currently 11th among active quarterbacks in career touchdowns. Heinicke is the youngest member of the list.
Name, School: Year Career TDs
1. Matt Brown, Illinois St. Sr. 61
1. Mike Piatkowski, Drake Sr. 61
3. Zach Lewis, Morehead St. Sr. 56
3. DeNarius McGhee, Montana St. Jr. 56
5. Sean Patterson, Duquesne Sr. 52
6. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah Sr. 49
7. Casey Brockman, Murray St. Sr. 48
7. Mason Mills, San Diego Jr. 48
9. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Ill. Jr. 47
10. Kurt Hess, Youngstown St. Jr. 46
11. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion So. 44
11. Jeff Sinclair, Robert Morris Sr. 44
13. Derek Carr, Tenn.-Martin Sr. 43
14. T.J. Pryor, Eastern Ky. Sr. 42
15. Sean Brackett, Columbia Sr. 39
15. Jeff Mathews, Cornell Jr. 39
Redshirt senior linebacker Craig Wilkins captured six tackles in last weekend's victory over the Wildcats and remains in 10th on the all-time active career tackle leaders list and sixth on the all-time active career solo tackles list.
TOTAL TACKLE CAREER LEADERS
Name, School, Pos: Year Solo Tackles
1. Matt Evans, New Hampshire, LB Sr. 374
2. Jordan Ridley, Butler, LB Sr. 349
3. Aaron Archie, Indiana St., LB Sr. 346
4. Jacolby Washington, Indiana St., LB Sr. 324
5. Paul Worrilow, Delaware, LB Sr. 318
6. Robert McCabe, Georgetown, LB Sr. 303
7. Keith Pough, Howard, LB Sr. 295
8. Blake Peiffer, Southeast Mo. St., LB Sr. 290
9. Jody Owens, Montana St., DB Sr. 276
10. Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion Sr. 273
ACTIVE SOLO TACKLE CAREER LEADERS:
Name, School, Pos: Year Solo Tackles
1. Matt Evans, New Hampshire, LB Sr. 205
2. Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston St., DB Sr. 175
3. Keith Pough, Howard, LB Sr. 172
4. Paul Worrilow, Delaware Sr. 161
5. Kenneth Jenkins, Sam Houston St., DB Sr. 157
6. Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion, LB Sr. 151
7. Jody Owens, Montana St., DB Sr. 150
8. Robert McCabe, Georgetown, LB SR 149
9. Jacolby Washington, Indiana St., LB Sr. 147
10. Aaron Archie, Indiana St., LB Sr. 146
ACTIVE TACKLES FOR LOSS CAREER LEADERS:
1. Keith Pough, Howard, LB Sr. 65.5
2. Brent Russell, Ga. Southern, DL Sr. 48.5
3. Ben Obaseki, Indiana St., DL Sr. 36.0
4. Preston Pemasa, Gardner-Webb, DL Jr. 32.0
4. Frank Beltre, Towson, DL Sr. 32.0
4. Joseph Lebeau, Jackson St., DL Sr. 32.0
7. Jody Owens, Montana St., DB Sr. 31.5
8. Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion Sr. 30.5
9. Devan Walker, Southeastern La., LB Sr. 30.0
10. Paul Worrilow, Delaware, LB Sr. 28.5
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS:
Taylor Heinicke put his name all over the game passing records in the week one win over Duquesne.
- Heinicke's 492 yards passed the previous high of 407 yards by Thomas DeMarco at Monmouth on September 25, 2010 and his previous high of 373 against Richmond back on November 5, 2011.
- Heinicke's 41 completions passed the previous high of 34 which he had set against Richmond on November 5, 2011.
- Heinicke's 63 attempts replaced the previous high of 57 attempts made by Thomas DeMarco against Cal Poly in 2010 and his own previous high of 47 against Richmond on November 5, 2011.
- Henicke also set school mark with 530 yards of total offense (492 pass, 38 rush) with a record 74 plays. He surpasses his previous record of 421 yards of total offense against Richmond back on November 5, 2011 and the previous high of 73 plays set by former Monarch Thomas DeMarco against Cal Poly on October 9, 2010.
In week three against Campbell, Heinicke found another place to put his name.
- Heinicke reset his own school record for touchdown passes in a game with seven in the victory over Campbell. Heinicke surpassed the previous record of five TD passes in both of last year's playoff games vs. Norfolk State on Nov. 26, 2011 and at Georgia Southern on Dec. 3, 2011.
- The quarterback's passing yards were the 10th-highest total in CAA Football history, while his seven TD-passes were one shy from equaling the league mark last done in 2004.
Then in week four against New Hampshire in the CAA Opener, the ODU, FCS, and Division I record books blew up.
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 yards bests the Division I record of Houston's David Klingler, who threw for 716 against Arizona State in 1990, but just misses the all-division record of 736 by Sam Durley of Eureka College (DII) in a 62-55 comeback win over Knox College earlier this season. The FCS record was 624 by Weber State's Jamie Martin against Idaho State in 1991.
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.
LOOOKING AHEAD: 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.
A RECORD NOT TO BE OVER LOOKED EITHER:
Blair Roberts' three touchdown receptions against the Camels in week three were the most by a Monarch in a game in ODU's 38-game history and Nick Mayers tied the record in week four with a trio of TDs in the win over New Hampshire.
Mayers and redshirt sophomore Antonio Vaughan also tied the school record with 12 receptions in the week four game with New Hampshire.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET THESE RECORDS TOO:
These were also records set in week four against New Hampshire:
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.
Old Dominion is currently 18-5 all-time and 2-0 this season on its home turf of Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The Monarchs have won six straight at home following a 39-35 set back to Towson back on October 15th, 2011. The loss to the Tigers had snapped a six-game home game win streak for ODU that had dated back to Oct. 9th, 2010 in a 50-37 setback to Cal Poly.
ODU is 12-3 all-time on the road. Last season , the Monarchs went 4-2 on the road in 2011 with losses at Delaware and Georgia Southern, with both teams being ranked in the nation's top-10 at the time of play.
The Monarchs improved to 2-0 all-time against Hampton at Armstrong Stadium in the week two 45-7 win over the Pirates. ODU will also be returning to the Georgia Dome where they defeated the Panthers last season, 40-17.
Old Dominion will be making road trips to Richmond, Towson, and James
The Monarchs will be taking on some national champions in their next two games. The Spiders won the FCS Championship in 2008 with a 24-7 victory over Montana and closing out the year at 13-3 overall. ODU will enjoy a bye week next week and will prepare for the 2009 National Champs in Villanova.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES:
Last year when ODU took on the Spiders in front of a packed Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, it was a time to say good-bye to its eight seniors. Those Monarchs included defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron, quarterback Thomas DeMarco, wide receiver Prentice Gill, center Jeremy Hensley, left tackle Ryan Jensen, defensive end Chad King, defensive tackle Edmon McClam, and linebacker J.J. Williams.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN:
The captains for the Football Monarchs for the 2012 season are senior linebacker Craig Wilkins, senior defensive lineman Chris Burnette, and sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke. A fourth captain will be named each week during the season selected based on his leadership skills displayed leading up to each game.
12th MONARCH MOMENTS:
There may be 11 Monarchs on the field, but the 12th Monarch is in the stands. Thanks to all the noise of being "Loud and Proud" from the 12th Monarchs at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, the opposition was charged with 15 penalties so far this season, 58 in 2011, 51 in 2010, and 41 in 2009 for a total of 165 penalties.
2012 12th Monarch Stats:
2011 12th Monarch Stats:
2010 12th Monarch Stats:
2009 12th Monarch Stats: