Buffalo at TOLEDO
Nov. 12, 2013
Toledo OH (Glass Bowl)
With tonight’s triumph, the Rockets improve to 10-1 at home under head coach Matt Campbell and extend their win streak to a season best five straight games. UT is averaging 45.2 ppg during its unbeaten stretch, outscoring the opposition by 16.0 ppg (45.2-29.2).
With the victory, Toledo has now won 11-straight games against MAC East Division opponents, dating back to 2010. The last MAC cross-division opponent the Rockets lost to was Bowling Green, 38-24, on Nov. 27, 2009.
UT posted 551 yards of total offense (228 passing, 323 rushing), the second-highest total in 2013. The Rockets had a season-best 729 yards vs. Eastern Michigan on Nov. 2. Toledo is averaging a staggering 640.0 yards of offense over the last two contests.
The Rockets finished with 51 points and have now scored at least 50 in back-to-back contests. They tallied a season-high 55 points vs. Eastern Michigan on Nov. 2. Buffalo came into tonight’s game second in the MAC in scoring defense, giving up only 20.7 ppg.
UT held UB scoreless in the first half, marking the final time the Midnight Blue & Gold did not yield points in a half since Temple in the final 30 minutes on Oct. 1, 2011. The last time Toledo carried a shutout into the third quarter happened at Purdue on Sept. 25, 2010.
Toledo posted an astounding five scoring drives of less than one minute (four TDs and one field goal) in length.
Senior RB David Fluellen sat out a second straight game with a lower leg injury. Fluellen came into tonight’s game second in the MAC averaging 133.4 rushing yards per game.
Freshman Kareem Hunt carried the ball a season-high 31 times for a season-best 186 yards, including a 15-yard TD run in the second period. Hunt has now topped the century in four straight contests, totaling 595 yards (148.8 ypg) on 87 carries (6.8 ypc) with six TDS.
Senior WR Bernard Reedy reeled in three passes for a season-high 149 yards, the second-highest total in his career, and two touchdowns. He was credited with a 59-yard TD catch in the first quarter and a 56-yard TD reception in the third. Reedy also topped the century mark for a second time this season and ninth time in his career. With tonight’s effort, Reedy is now tied for third in school history with 21 career TD catches. The St. Petersburg, FL native has also caught a pass in 36 consecutive games, the fourth-best total in UT annals.
Sophomore LB Chase Murdock posted a collegiate-best 16 tackles, finishing with double-digit stops for a fourth time this season. The Barrington, IL native was also credited with his fourth sack of the year in the first quarter and a fumble recovery in the third, as well as two pass breakups. Murdock’s previous career high was 15 stops vs. Navy on Oct. 19.
Redshirt freshman RB Damion Jones-Moore made the most of his only carry in the game, rumbling for a season-best 53-yard TD scamper in the first quarter.
Junior PK Jeremiah Detmer booted a season-tying best three field goals to post his sixth multi-effort of the season. Detmer was credited with a 32-yarder in the second quarter and a 42-yarder and 22-yarder both in the fourth. He has now converted 11 consecutive field goals and is 17-of-18 (.944) on the year. With tonight’s effort, Detmer moves into fifth place in school history with 53 career field goals attempted and tied for fifth in field goals made in a season with 17.
Senior QB Terrance Owens completed 11-of-20 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. In his last three games, Owens is 44-of-67 (65.7 percent) for 733 yards and eight TDs with no interceptions.
Redshirt freshman DL Treyvon Hester tallied his 3.5th sack of the year in the second quarter and finished with four tackles.
Senior DE Jayrone Elliott was credited with a forced fumble in the third period, his fourth fumble forced in the last six games. Elliott finished with five tackles, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
Senior DE Christian Smith tied his career high with seven stops, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and posted his second sack of the year in the fourth quarter. Smith also had seven tackles vs. Air Force in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28, 2011.
Senior SS Ross Madison, senior FB/TE Zac Rosenbauer and sophomore DL Orion Jones each returned to the playing rotation after missing the previous two contests due to injury.
Junior RB Ricky Pringle ran the ball four times for 51 yards, including a 44-yard TD run in the fourth period. Pringle is a native of Buffalo and attended Canisius High School, which is located only 10 minutes from UB’s campus.
Senior P Vince Penza landed three of his four punts inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line. Penza averaged 36.0 yards on the evening, including a long of 40 yards.
Toledo received a 59-yard TD catch by senior WR Bernard Reedy from senior QB Terrance Owens on its opening drive. The Rockets have now tallied points on their opening possession in eight of 10 contests in 2013 (field goal at Missouri, TD vs. Eastern Washington, TD vs. Central Michigan, TD vs. Western Michigan, field goal vs. Navy, TD at Bowling Green, TD vs. Eastern Michigan, TD vs. Buffalo).
For a second-consecutive game, the Rockets totaled 21 points in the first period. UT also posted 21 points against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 2 and a season-best 24 points vs. Western Michigan in the third period on Oct. 5.
Toledo held a 21-0 edge after the first quarter and has now outscored its last three opponents, 49-0, in the opening 15 minutes.
The Rockets defense totaled 7.0 tackles-for-loss, signifying their fifth game this season with at least 7.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. UT posted a season-best 12.0 TFLs at Bowling Green on Oct. 26.
Senior S Ross Madison, senior OL Zach Kerin, senior QB Terrance Owens, senior WR Bernard Reedy and senior DE Christian Smith served as tonight’s team captains.
With the win, UT improves to 29-36 overall on national TV, including 3-8 on ESPNU.