Old Dominion will play Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, a rematch of last year's second-round game that ended the season in a 55-48 defeat. Saturday's win came at the expense of Coastal Carolina, which matched the Monarchs score-for-score until late in the third quarter. ODU ended the game on a 28-0 run to close out a 63-35 victory.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke was responsible for eight of ODU's nine touchdowns, throwing for six and rushing for two more. Wide receiver Larry Pinkard caught three of those TD passes and accounted for 154 of Heinicke's 497 passing yards on the day. The key for the Monarchs was holding on to the football; ODU turned the ball over just once while Coastal Carolina coughed it up three times.
For the Chanticleers offense, quarterback Aramis Hillary completed 21 of 39 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. But two picks and six sacks taken gave Old Dominion the opportunities they needed to win.
Old Dominion football was nonexistent until 2009, with the Monarchs playing as an independent program within the FCS for two seasons. Upon acceptance into the Colonial Athletic Association, ODU has achieved much success. 2012 marks the second season in a row the Monarchs have reached the playoffs. Their quarterfinal appearance will mark the best accomplishment of a young NCAA program.
Georgia Southern defeated Central Arkansas, 24-16, to advance.