2012 Old Dominion Monarchs football team

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2012 Old Dominion Monarchs football
Old Dominion Athletics wordmark.svg
FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal, L 35–49 vs. Georgia Southern
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Ranking
Sports Network No. 6
FCS Coaches No. 6
2012 record 11–2 (7–1 CAA)
Head coach Bobby Wilder (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Brian Scott
Defensive coordinator Bill Dee
Home stadium Foreman Field at S. B. Ballard Stadium (Capacity: 20,068)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Old Dominion ^   7 1         11 2  
#18 Richmond +   6 2         8 3  
#13 New Hampshire +^   6 2         8 4  
#15 Villanova +^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Towson +   6 2         7 4  
#19 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Delaware   2 6         5 6  
William & Mary   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   0 8         0 11  
Georgia State   0 0         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Georgia State's official conference record was 0-0, and it did not occupy a spot in the overall standings. Old Dominion was ineligible for the conference championship because of its announced departure for Conference USA in 2013; under CAA bylaws, a departing school is ineligible for conference championships.
As of January 7, 2013; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Old Dominion Monarchs football team represented Old Dominion University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Bobby Wilder and played their home games at Foreman Field at S. B. Ballard Stadium. This was their final year as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2013, they began a two-year transition to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), where they became a member of Conference USA. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in CAA play to finish in first place. As a departing member from the CAA, they were ineligible for the CAA championship. They received an at–large bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they defeated Coastal Carolina in the second round before falling in the quarterfinals to Georgia Southern.

Heinicke's record year[edit]

In ODU's 64-61 comeback win over New Hampshire, sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke set his first of many records that season. He passed for 730 yards and compiled 791 yards of total offense, setting new Division I records for a single game.

During the loss to Georgia Southern in the FCS playoff quarterfinals, Heinicke passed Steve McNair for the most passing yards in a single season by an FCS quarterback with 5,076 yards. He also became the first quarterback to eclipse the 5,000 yard mark in a season as well as setting the record for most completions in a season with 398 (Villanova's Brett Gordon held the previous record of 386 in 2002). At the conclusion of the season he led the nation in passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense, points responsible for, touchdown passes and total touchdowns.

For his performance and record-setting season Heinicke was named CAA Offensive Player of the Year, a first team All-American, the Dudley Award winner, the FCS Player of the Year, and the Walter Payton Award winner.

Joining Heinicke as All-Americans were teammates P Jonathan Plisco, DT Chris Burnette, WR Nick Mayers, LT Jack Lowney, and LS Rick Lovato.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Duquesne* No. 8 Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA W 57–23   19,818
September 8 6:00 PM at Hampton* No. 7 Armstrong StadiumHampton, VA W 45–7   5,500
September 15 6:00 PM Campbell* No. 6 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA W 70–14   20,068
September 22 12:00 PM No. 18 New Hampshire No. 5 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA CSN W 64–61   20,068
September 29 3:30 PM at Richmond No. 4 E. Claiborne Robins StadiumRichmond, VA W 45–37   8,700
October 13 3:30 PM Villanovadagger No. 3 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA L 14–38   20,068
October 20 7:00 PM at No. 18 Towson No. 7 Johnny Unitas StadiumTowson, MD W 31–20   7,817
October 27 12:00 PM No. 20 Delaware No. 6 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA (Oyster Bowl) NBCSN W 31–26   20,068
November 3 3:30 PM at Georgia State No. 5 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA W 53–27   12,293
November 10 12:00 PM William & Mary No. 4 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA (Battle for the Silver Mace) W 41–31   20,068
November 17 7:00 PM at No. 13 James Madison No. 4 Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA NBCSN W 38–28   23,051
December 1 2:00 PM Coastal Carolina* No. 3 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 W 63–35   20,068
December 8 12:00 PM No. 6 Georgia Southern* No. 3 Foreman Field • Norfolk, VA (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals) ESPN L 35–49   20,068
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
Sports Network 8 7 6 5 4 4 3 7 6 5 4 4 3 6 
Coaches 6 5 4 5 4 4 3 8 7 5 4 4 3 6


Awards[edit]

  • All-Americans
Taylor Heinicke - QB
Jonathan Plisco - P
Chris Burnette - DT
Nick Mayers - WR
Jack Lowney - LT
Rick Lovato - LS
Taylor Heinicke - QB
  • FCS Player of the Year
Taylor Heinicke - QB
  • CAA Offensive Player of the Year
Taylor Heinicke - QB
  • American Football Monthly FCS Coach of the Year
Bobby Wilder
  • Old Dominion was named the winner of the Lambert Cup as the best FCS team in the East.

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