Courtesy: CCU Media Relations
NORFOLK, Va. – Coastal Carolina and fourth seeded and third-ranked Old Dominion were tied at 35 late in the third quarter before the Monarchs pulled away for a 63-35 victory in the second round of the NCAA Championship, played Saturday at ODU's Foreman Field at Ballard Stadium.
A career day by Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel was spoiled by even better day by Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, one of three finalists for the top award in FCS football – the Walter Payton Award.
Heinicke completed 32-of-44 passes for 497 yards with six touchdowns. He added two rushing touchdowns. Heinicke's total is the most by a CCU opponent and the 672 yards of total offense is the most a CCU opponent has gained.
Hazel's day included a career-high nine receptions for a career-high 155 yards, the third-best single-game total in CCU history. Also, with nine receptions, Hazel has 61 for the season, tying the CCU single-season mark. Aramis Hillary completed 21-of-39 passes for 352 yards with two interceptions and three touchdowns. His 352 passing yards ranks fourth on the CCU single-game list, missing his career high by one yard. The senior added 45 rushing yards, despite being sacked six times behind a banged up offensive line, with a rushing TD. Jeremy Height gained 89 yards on 12 carries and Niccolo Mastromatteo added four receptions for 71 yards.