Western Michigan at TOLEDO
Oct. 5, 2013
Toledo, OH (Glass Bowl)
With today’s win, the Rockets have now won the last four meetings against the Broncos. UT has outscored its division rival by 15.8 ppg (46.8-31.0) during this stretch.
With tonight’s triumph, the Rockets improve to 7-1 at home under head coach Matt Campbell.
Toledo finished with a sizable 528-375 edge in total offense. The Rockets also finished with no turnovers for a second time in 2013. They also had no miscues against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Sept. 14. UT’s 528 yards are the second-most in a game this fall, two yards short of its effort against the Eagles.
Toledo picked off a pair of passes and has now recorded an interception in five-consecutive contests.
UT scored a defensive touchdown for a third-consecutive game. Sophomore LB Trent Voss scooped up a fumble and returned it seven yards for a score in the third quarter. Junior LB Junior Sylvestre was responsible for the other two scores, returning a fumble 23 yards for a TD at Ball State on Sept. 28 and 22 yards for a score at Central Michigan on Sept. 21.
The Midnight Blue & Gold scored a season-high 47 points, surpassing its previous best effort of 38 points at Central Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Senior RB David Fluellen carried the ball 23 times for 220 yards, 10th-most in school history, and a career-high four touchdowns. Fluellen was credited with a seven-yard TD run in the first quarter, a six-yard TD scamper in the second, a career-long 66-yard TD bolt in the third and a two-yard TD plunge also in the third. He has now topped the century mark in five-straight games and on 12 occasions in his collegiate career, fourth-most in school history.
In his last two games against the Broncos, David Fluellen has 44 carries for 433 yards and seven touchdowns. Fluellen ran for 213 yards against WMU last fall in Kalamazoo. He now has four contests with at least 200 yards rushing in his collegiate career, tied for most in school history with Chester Taylor (1998-2001).
With today’s effort, David Fluellen now has 3,061 career yards rushing and became only the fifth player in school history with at least 3,000 yards.
Sophomore S Chaz Whittaker was credited with his first two interceptions in his collegiate career in the first and third quarters, respectively. The last Rocket to pick off more than one pass in a single game was Desmond Marrow against Miami on Oct. 22, 2011. Whittaker finished today’s contest with a season-tying best six tackles. He also had six stops at Ball State last Saturday, Sept. 28.
Senior WR Bernard Reedy caught a team-high four passes for a contest-best 85 yards, including a 40-yard TD catch on Toledo’s opening play. With today’s effort, Reedy moves into seventh place in school history with 176 career receptions, surpassing Mel Long Jr. (17, 1997-2000).
Sophomore DE Allen Covington made his first career start and totaled two tackles.
Senior DE Jayrone Elliott was credited with a forced fumble in the third quarter. Elliott has now forced a turnover in each of the last two games and has a team-high three on the season. He finished today’s game with four tackles, 1.0 sack, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
Sophomore LB Trent Voss totaled a team-high nine stops and caused a fumble in the third quarter. Voss also picked up a fumble and returned it seven yards for his first collegiate TD in the third period. He has now tallied at least seven tackles in five of the six games this fall.
Senior S Ross Madison was credited with a fumble recovery in the third period. Madison now has two fumble recoveries on the season.
Junior LB Ray Bush totaled a career-best eight tackles, surpassing his previous best effort of six against Eastern Michigan on Oct. 8, 2011.
Senior P Vince Penza averaged a whopping 47.8 yards on six punts, dropping four inside the 20-yard line.
Junior PK Jeremiah Detmer was a perfect 2-of-2 on field-goal attempts, booting a 39 yarder in the second quarter and a 29 yarder in the third, respectively. Detmer has now made multiple field goals in four of the six contests in 2013.