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Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke sets Division I passing record with 730 yards in 64-61 win

Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke sets Division I passing record with 730 yards in 64-61 win

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Fittingly, it's an Old Dominion Monarch quarterback who's now the king of the NCAA's Division I single-game passing yardage mark.

Sophomore Taylor Heinicke threw for 730 yards against visiting New Hampshire to break David Klingler's 22-year-old D-I record for passing yards in a game. The Monarchs needed every single one, and Heinicke's career day led ODU to a 64-61 win in an FCS Colonial Athletic Association game.

Heinicke fell six yards shy of the NCAA all-division record, the 736-yard game posted by D-III Eureka College quarterback Sam Durley on Sept. 1 of this year. Houston's Klingler threw for 716 yards against Arizona State in 1990.

"I have a hard time fathoming what he's doing on the football field," Monarch head coach Bobby Wilder told the Daily Press.

Heinicke shattered the FCS record by more than 100 yards. The mark was previously held by Weber State's Jamie Martin, who threw for 624 yards in 1991.

In the highest-scoring game in CAA history, the Monarchs trailed 40-24 at halftime before Heinicke led them to three touchdowns in three possessions to start the second half. With the score tied at 61, ODU kicker Jarod Brown connected on the game-winning 25-yard field goal.

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