ATLANTA, Ga. (WAVY) - ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke considered going to Georiga State. The school recruited him when he was in high school. Instead Heinicke and the monarchs handed GSU a loss at the Georgia Dome.
Old Dominion football scored 32 first half points en route to a 53-27 victory at Georgia State Saturday evening in the Georgia Dome.
ODU stormed out of the gate with two touchdowns in the first quarter and two more in the second along with a Jarod Brown field goal.
The Monarchs drove the opening kickoff down the field with ease, going 67 yards in nine plays capped by a Taylor Heinicke to Marquel Thomas nine-yard touchdown pass. Heinicke rolled to the right and found Thomas just across the goal line for the score. Nate Ong flipped a pass to Kai Blanco for the two-point conversion to put ODU on top 8-0.
After Alex Johnson forced and recovered a GSU fumble, Tyree Lee capped a 34 yard drive in just four plays on an 11-yard rush to give ODU a 15-0 lead.
ODU started the second quarter with a one-yard Angus Harper TD run, capping off a 69 yard drive in just five plays, as the drive was highlighted by a Heinicke to Larry Pinkard 34-yard pass play.
Pinkard increased ODU's lead to 29-0 at the five minute mark of the first half after Devon Simmons intercepted a Ben McLane pass at the GSU 29. Heinicke hit Pinkard from four-yards out with a lob pass over the defender.
The Monarchs ended the half with three more points as Craig Wilkins picked off a McLane pass at the 50 and returned it all the way to the GSU 16 to set up a Jarod Brown 28-yard field goal to give ODU its 32-0 halftime advantage.
Georgia State drove the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards in 11 plays capped by a Rosevelt Watson score to get on the board but ODU responded with a Heinicke to Mayers score to increase the lead to 39-14.
Tyree Lee pushed ODU's lead to 46-14 but Albert Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to make the score 46-21.
Angus Harper added a seven-yard TD run with two minutes to go for the final margin.
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