The Old Dominion University football team, along with the other new members of Conference USA, will be eligible to compete for the 2014 football title, as approved Tuesday, Jan. 23 by C-USA athletic directors.
To move forward to North Dakota State’s back-to-back FCS national championships, you have to move backward with coach Craig Bohl. Bohl was an assistant coach during Nebraska’s big run in the mid-1990s, including two of the Cornhuskers’ national championship seasons. Bohl’s NDSU squad, having beaten Sam Houston State for the second straight season in the FCS title game this past Saturday, was a unanimous selection on Monday on all 142 ballots of The Sports Network FCS Top 25.
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke became just the second sophomore in FCS history to win the Walter Payton Award, given to the best player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Heinicke received the award at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel on Monday evening.
Georgia Southern scored 28 fourth quarter points with Dominique Swope scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 2:36 to go in the game before adding another score late to defeat Old Dominion 49-35 Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium in the FCS quarterfinals.
Old Dominion University sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, as announced Wednesday by The Sports Network. The award is given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision and will be awarded in Philadelphia on Monday, Dec. 17.
Fourth-ranked Old Dominion is in the 20-team FCS playoff field, while #17 James Madison was left out of the playoffs after dropping its final two games.
The talk in the press box at Bridgeforth Stadium at halftime was what would happen as far as the CAA title was concerned if #13 James Madison held on to its 21-10 lead. Fourth-ranked Old Dominion made the discussion moot, outscoring the Dukes 28-7 in the second half to post a 38-28 win that puts a roadblock in front of the JMU playoff bandwagon.
Tyree Lee ran for a career-high 166 yards while Taylor Heinicke threw four touchdown passes as No. 4 Old Dominion came from behind to defeat William and Mary 41-31 Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.
There’s many differing opinions as to which team is best in the Football Championship Subdivision. In two weeks, it will start to sort itself out on the field with the beginning of a 20-team national playoff.