It was back to business as usual for the Old Dominion University Monarchs as Taylor Heinicke and his pride worked to pick apart the Howard defense to the tune of a 76-19 ODU victory.
This is the highest scoring game by the Monarchs since the 2009 reinstatement of the football program. ODU managed to rack up 733 yards of offense in the rout as well.
With a whited-out stadium, the game started off fast with an ODU kick return to around midfield. From there, Heinicke led a run-dominated drive, which ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Larry Pinkard.
Howard would do their best to answer on offense, driving fairly deep into Monarch territory before a nice defensive stop forced them to kick a field goal.
ODU would not look back afterwards, scoring three touchdowns on their next three possessions; two 29-yard touchdowns to Pinkard, and a 76-yard toss to fellow junior Antonio Vaughan, which really got the sold-out Monarch crowd on their feet. ODU ended the half with a 49-10 lead.
At the start of the second half, a new Monarch game plan was in use.
Head coach Bobby Wilder decided to bench Heinicke in exchange for backup David Washington, and coast, turning to a mostly rushing offense and relying on ODU’s young defense to keep the Bison in check.
The Monarchs’ defense did just that, allowing just nine more points after halftime. Heinicke finished the game completing 20 of 27 passes for 406 yards and four touchdowns. He also had rushing touchdown. Tailback Colby Goodwin finished the game with 9 carries for 79 yards.
This game was a great morale booster for ODU, after losing a close game versus East Carolina, and a much less close game to Maryland in College Park. Next on ODU’s schedule is The Citadel at home on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.