Taylor Heinicke looks back on the day where he threw for 730 — yes, 730 — yards

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Heinicke recalls the day he threw for 730 (yes, 730) yards originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Thanks to his 306-yard passing performance against the Buccaneers on Wild Card Saturday, Taylor Heinicke has gone from irrelevant to beloved by the Washington fan base as quickly as any player in recent memory. In these parts, that's known as the "reverse Adam Archuleta." 

Yet as shocking as that output was, Heinicke once went off in college on an afternoon where he threw for more than double the amount of yards he racked up versus Tampa Bay. And 306 isn’t exactly an easy number to double! 

Hopefully, you had him in your daily fantasy lineup that weekend.

During an interview on the Washington Football Talk podcast, which you can find right here, host Mitch Tischler asked the quarterback to recount that Old Dominion-New Hampshire showdown, a bout that ended with Heinicke and ODU winning by a score of 64-61. 

In doing so, Heinicke shared a hilarious story about a conversation he had with one of his coaches early on in the contest.

"No one was really giving us a shot, and rightfully so," he said. "We were down 24 points in the first quarter and I remember my offensive coordinator coming up to me and saying, 'We're going to throw the ball every play.' I thought he was joking, I was like, 'All right, whatever.'"

By the end of the matchup, Heinicke — along with Heinicke’s right arm and his group of wideouts — realized his coordinator wasn't kidding in the least.

"79 passes later, we're coming back and we pull out the win," he said.

Here is the final line from his explosion, which happened in 2012 when he was a sophomore: 55 completions on 79 attempts for 730 yards and five touchdowns. Chase Daniel calls that a productive decade. 

It was, at the time, the most passing yards in a single game in Division I history. His mark has since been surpassed by Conor Halliday and Patrick Mahomes, who each got to 734. You may know Mahomes as the star who didn't fare nearly as well against the Bucs this postseason as Heinicke did.

"It was a pretty neat experience," Heinicke said, casually, as if he was remembering his 14th birthday party. 

Not sure New Hampshire's defense would concur with that sentiment.