TOLEDO at Bowling Green
Oct. 26, 2013
Bowling Green, OH (Doyt L. Perry Stadium)
With today’s victory, the Rockets have now won four straight against Bowling Green for the first time since 1995-98. UT also retains the Battle of I-75 Trophy.
Toledo finished a sizable 242-135 edge in rushing yards. Bowling Green came into today’s game giving up only 163.9 ypg, fourth-best total in the MAC.
The Rockets posted a season-high 12.0 tackles-for-loss and 6.0 sacks. A total of four players recorded a sack and eight were credited with a TFL. UT’s previous best effort was 7.0 TFL’s on three occasions and 4.0 sacks on two occasions. Junior LB Junior Slyvestre led the defensive charge with a career-best 3.0 sacks and 3.5 TFLs.
Senior QB Terrance Owens completed 15-of-23 passes for 130 yards and a season-high three touchdowns, signifying his first multi-TD effort of the year. With today’s effort, Owens moves into second place in school history in career TD passes (53) and fourth in passing attempts (955).
Sophomore WR Alonzo Russell caught a game-high eight passes for 56 yards and a career-tying best two touchdowns. Russell was credited with a one-handed TD catch in the second quarter and an 11-yard scoring reception in the fourth, marking his first multi-TD effort of the season. He also hauled in two TD catches against Akron on Nov. 20, 2012.
Freshman RB Kareem Hunt totaled 21 carries for a game-high 114 yards, including a one-yard TD plunge in the first quarter. Hunt has now topped the century mark in back-to-back games. He finished with a season-best 127 yards vs. Navy last Saturday.
Senior WR Bernard Reedy had three receptions for 60 yards, including a nine-yard TD catch in the second period. Reedy has now caught a pass in 34 consecutive games. With today’s effort, Reedy moves into a tie for fifth place in school history with Steve Odom (2003-06) in career TD receptions (19) and tied for sixth with Nick Moore (2005-08) in catches (182).
Senior RB David Fluellen carried the ball only three times for 61 yards on UT’s opening drive, including a 47-yard burst. He suffered a left ankle injury late in the drive and did not return.
Junior LB Junior Sylvestre posted a game-high 12 tackles and a career-best 3.0 sacks. Sylvestre has now recorded double-digit stops on six occasions in 2013. He entered today’s game with 1.0 sack on the season.
Freshman DL Marquise Moore was credited with his first collegiate sack in the first quarter. Moore finished with season highs in total stops (4) and tackles-for-loss (1.5).
Freshman S DeJuan Rogers made his first collegiate start in place of injured senior Ross Madison and finished with three tackles.
Redshirt freshman LB Jaylen Coleman and freshman DE Adam Kulon made their collegiate debuts in today’s MAC cross-division matchup.
Senior LB Vladimir Emilien made his first start of the season in place of injured sophomore Trent Voss and totaled two stops, including his first collegiate sack.
Toledo received a one-yard TD plunge by freshman RB Kareem Hunt on its opening drive. The Rockets have now tallied points on its opening possession in six of the eight contests in 2013 (field goal at Missouri, TD vs. Eastern Washington, TD vs. Central Michigan, TD vs. Western Michigan and field goal vs. Navy).
Toledo was credited with an 18-play scoring drive in the second quarter, resulting in a five-yard TD catch from senior QB Terrance Owens to sophomore WR Alonzo Russell. The 18 plays was the Rockets longest scoring drive of the season, surpassing their previous best effort of 16 plays against Eastern Washington on Sept. 14.
Toledo was a perfect 4-of-4 in red-zone scoring chances.
Senior OL Zac Kerin, senior QB Terrance Owens, senior WR Bernard Reedy and senior sDE Christian Smith served as captains in today’s contest.