The late games haven't even kicked off on this college football Saturday, and we already have our game of the day. No, check that. We actually have our game of the year.
It happened Saturday afternoon at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, and it matched the Old Dominion University Monarchs and the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
There's no artful way to describe what happened, so we'll just run it down for you in list form after the jump.
- Old Dominion won the game, 64-61. No, this was not basketball. This was football. The 125 points were the most ever scored in a CAA game. To win the game, the Monarchs outscored UNH 26-7 in the fourth quarter.
- The Wildcats led Old Dominion 16-3 after one quarter, 40-24 at halftime, and 54-38 after three quarters. That will be a very long ride back to Durham, N.H. tonight.
- The two teams combined for 74 first downs, 483 rushing yards (of which UNH had 389); 1,066 passing yards (of which Old Dominion had 730) and 1,549 total yards (a new Division I record).
- Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke went 55-for-79 for 730 yards (a Division I record), five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 11 carries for 61 yards and another touchdown. The 791 individual all-purpose yards are also a Division I record
- Read that again.
- Old Dominion receiver Nick Mayers caught 12 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. For UNH, Nico Steriti carried the ball 21 times for 201 yards and two TDs.