Taylor Heinicke passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another in the first half before being rested in Old Dominion’s 76-19 victory over visiting Howard on Saturday.
Heinicke, the 2012 Payton Award winner, hit 20 of 27 passes for 406 yards as Old Dominion (1-2) scored four times in the first quarter and three times in the second.
The victory finally cracked the win column after the Monarchs opened the season with road losses to East Carolina and Maryland — the first two Football Bowl Subdivision teams they have played.
Howard (1-2) was plagued by four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions. Greg McGhee completed 19 of 26 pass attempts for 215 yards. William Parker led the Bison with 17 carries for 85 yards.
David Washington subbed for Heinicke and hit five of six passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Pascal led the Monarchs receivers with 113 yards on eight catches.
●MARIST 43, GEORGETOWN 23: Isaiah Kempf completed 35 of 52 passes for 398 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough for the host Hoyas (1-2) against the Red Foxes (1-2).
Starting with five seconds left in the first half, Marist scored four consecutive touchdowns; the spree ended after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chuckie Looney to Matt Tralli for a 40-16 lead with 4 minutes 9 seconds left in the third quarter.
●JOHNSON C. SMITH 58, BOWIE STATE 41: The Golden Bulls (2-0) and Bulldogs (1-1) tied the highest point total in the series since Bowie State’s 58-41 victory in 1989.
“We’re not going to win any ballgame giving up 58 points and turning the ball over three times certainly hurt as well,” Bulldogs Coach Damon Wilson said.
The Golden Bulls essentially clinched the victory after Damion Miles picked off a pass from Jared Johnston and scampered down the sideline for an 84-yard touchdown and a 44-28 lead with 4:11 to play.
However, Bowie State was not quite done. Keith Brown scored his third rushing touchdown of the afternoon, on a one-yard score, with 3:29 left to cut the deficit to 44-34.
Twenty-two seconds later, Johnson C. Smith responded with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Keahn Wallace to Fred Scott for a 51-34 lead.
The Bowie State combo of Johnston and Nyme Manns hooked up on the next possession, this time for an eight-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 51-41.
Johnson C. Smith put the final nail in the coffin with 32 seconds left after Wallace found a wide open Jimmy Drye Jr. for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Bowie State amassed 522 yards of total offense; Johnson C. Smith finished with 519.
Johnston completed a career-best 27 of 43 passes for a Bowie State-record 394 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
●GALLAUDET 38, APPRENTICE 14: Running back Braxton Baxter ran for two touchdowns and completed a 32-yard pass for the Bison (2-0) against the visiting Builders (0-2).
The Bison finished with 371 yards rushing on 75 carries and threw only eight passes.
Todd Bonheyo rushed for 114 yards and BJ Flores added 101 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
The Bison also had five interceptions, including two from Nicholas Elstad.
For Apprentice, Brock Bullock finished with 18 tackles and Iziha Roundtree added 15.