Area college football: Heinicke sparks ODU over UAlbany, 66-10
NORFOLK, Va. Conference rookie University at Albany finally got a taste of what the upper-echelon teams really can do in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Taylor Heinicke, last year’s CAA Offensive Player of the Year, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Old Dominion to a 66-10 rout of the Great Danes Saturday at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.
The 66 points allowed is the most given up in Great Danes’ program history.
“I give Old Dominion credit. They are a very good football team,” said UAlbany head coach Bob Ford. “We moved the ball tonight, but we just couldn’t finish the drives.”
The Monarchs (3-2) jumped ahead on Heinicke’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Larry Pinkard. UAlbany (1-4) came right back on a 55-yard toss from Will Fiacchi to Brian Parker to tie the score, 7-7, in the first quarter.
The Old Dominion defense then shut down the Great Danes while the Monarchs exploded for 35 more points to finish the half, leading, 42-7. Heinicke, the Walter Payton award winner last year, threw for 278 yards in the first half. He totaled 365 yards through three quarters before exiting the game. The junior now has 9,099 career passing yards.
Heinicke spread the passes around as he connected with 11 different receivers. Blair Roberts caught six passes for 92 yards. Pinkard had 80 yards on five receptions.
Fiacchi led the Great Danes’ offense by completing 15 of 26 passes for 221 passing yards.
UAlbany 7 0 3 0 — 10
Old Dominion 21 21 10 14 — 66
ODU—Pinkard 8 pass from Heinicke (Brown kick), 12:03.
UAlb—Parker 55 pass from Fiacchi (O’Riordan kick), 8:59.
ODU—Boyd 2 run (Brown kick), 6:35.
ODU—Goodwyn 1 run (Brown kick), 3:20.
ODU—Pascal 21 pass from Heinicke (Brown kick), 14:28.
ODU—Goodwyn 5 run (Brown kick), 8:05.
ODU—Heinicke 1 run (Brown kick), 4:00.
ODU—Goodwyn 1 run (Brown kick), 8:18.
UAlb—FG O’Riordan 36, 3:09.
ODU—FG Brown 37, :30.
ODU—Ge.Johnson 2 run (Brown kick), 6:15.
ODU—Washington 5 run (Brown kick), :30.
First downs 17 36
Rushes-yards 34-96 47-224
Passing 229 390
Comp-Att-Int 17-31-2 32-37-0
Return yards 0 40
Punts-avg 3-26.0 0-0.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 4-42 4-27
Time of possession 28:20 31:40
WPI 27, RPI 14
WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior Zach Grasis won the Robert Pritchard Award as the most outstanding back in the game as he rushed for 147 yards on 27 carries and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help WPI reclaim the Transit Trophy with a win over previously unbeaten RPI at Alumni Field.
WPI evened its record at 2-2. RPI is 3-1. It was the Liberty League opener for both teams.
On the fourth series of the game, junior quarterback Jacob Grills rolled toward the WPI sideline and found senior Ehab Hamden for a 43-yard TD strike with 6:41 left in the first quarter. Hamden entered the game ranked fifth in the nation in receiving touchdowns.
RPI began the second quarter with a second-and-goal from the WPI six-yard line, but Jonathan Arnone forced a fumble and senior co-captain John Kilfoil picked it up for a 15-yard return that stalled the RPI drive. Later in the period, Eric Lacroix and Sean Murphy each made interceptions to halt RPI drives and set up a pair of field goals by freshman Blaine Bursey.
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Avery scored on a keeper to put RPI on the board in the third quarter, but WPI scored twice in the final quarter on Grasis runs.
Pat Hogan caught an eight-yard scoring strike from Avery with 2:37 lelft in the game.
Avery was 10-for-25 for 99 yards passing, and he also ran 11 times for 67 yards to lead RPI, which hosts Merchant Marine Academy Saturday at 1.
RPI 0 0 7 7 — 14
WPI 7 6 0 14 — 27
WPI — Hamdan 43 pass from Grillis (Bursey kick).
WPI — Bursey 31 FG.
WPI — Bursey 29 FG.
RPI — Avery 5 run (Franks kick).
WPI — Grasis 11 run (Bursey kick).
WPI — Grasis 46 run (Bursey kick).
RPI — Hogan 8 pass from Avery (Franks kick).
First downs 18 20
Rushes-yards 41-188 43-181
Passing yards 99 184
Att-Comp-Int 25-10-2 30-17-0
Return yards 29 64
Punts-avg. 6-47.0 7-48.7
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 7-60 5-36
HVCC 23, ERIE CC 13
TROY — The Vikings picked up their first win of the season by taking advantage of some Erie CC turnovers.
HVCC (1-2) struck first after an Erie CC botched punt. Nick Casale found Donnie Neal for a nine-yard touchdown on the first offensive play. Anthony Vilardi (Shenendehowa) connected on a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Vikings an 11-0 lead. Erie CC had two late scores before the end of the half to cut the Vikings’ lead to 11-10.
Hudson Valley received the ball to start the second half and drove 80 yards for a touchdown. Casale connected with Brandon Egan-Thorpe for a nine-yard touchdown.
Elijah Udoh sealed the game in the fourth quarter as he ran for a 64-yard touchdown.