21-point smack down gives Monarchs first FBS “W”It was just another day at the office for Old Dominion (7-3) quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who carried the Monarchs to its first ever Football Bowl Championship Series victory on Saturday with a final 59-38 over Idaho (1-9) at ASUI-Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID.The Monarchs defense, which had played particularly well in the weeks following its 58-point debacle to The Citadel, was tested early.Only 19 seconds into the game, Idaho quarterback Taylor Davis threw to James Baker who caught it and ran 73 yards into the end zone. Once again, the Monarchs looked overmatched against an FBS opponent.ODU found itself in an early 14-point hole in the first quarter when quarterback Taylor Heinicke and the offense took over.Five minutes later, ODU scored 17 unanswered points to go up by three, 17-14. Heinicke put the Monarchs on the board for the first time with a 23-yard pass to Marquel Thomas with 9:39 remaining in first quarter. After a Jarod Brown field goal cut the lead to 14-10, Heinicke capped off the run with a 56-yard strike to Antonio Vaughn to set up the kick.ODU’s run sparked a first half shootout.Each team scored two more first half touchdowns and the Vandals added a field goal.The Monarchs showed great resolve and went into the half tied at 31 despite the defense looking overmatched.The second half was dominated by the Monarch defense, which gave up just seven points in the latter 30 minutes of the ball gameTaylor Heinicke achieved more milestones this week and affirmed his place as the program’s all-time pass leader.With the aforementioned drive that resulted in ODU’s first lead 17-14 Heinicke executed the longest drive in Monarchs history with a 98-yard possession.Heinicke also snagged some statistical achievements that were each the second most in the school’s history.His 533 yards through the air were his second to his Division 1 record breaking 733-yard performance against New Hampshire last season.As a team, the Monarchs rolled up 621 yards of total offense.
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