Rockets Welcome Home Three Injured Players by Stomping Miami, 49-28

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 10/22/2011
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The Rockets celebrate their 49-28 Homecoming win over Miami.

Toledo, OH - Talk about a homecoming!

On a game in which three injured Rockets returned to the lineup, Toledo smashed Miami, 49-28, in its annual Homecoming game at the Glass Bowl Saturday night. With the victory, Toledo (5-3, 4-0 MAC) holds on to sole possession of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

Back in the lineup for Toledo were senior RB Adonis Thomas, junior LB Dan Molls and junior safety Jermaine Robinson. Thomas broke free for a 67-yard rush on his first carry since breaking his arm vs. Syracuse on Sept. 24. Molls was in the lineup for the first time since the season opener on Sept. 1 and had five tackles. Robinson, who missed one game with a broken arm, finished with three tackles and two pass breakups.

Regardless of the lineup, Toledo looked in peak form. The Rockets held a 35-7 lead at one point in the first half, led 35-14 at intermission, and coasted from there.

The running game was especially sharp. Toledo outgained Miami on the ground, 269-14.

Senior Morgan Williams led the rushing attack with 84 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Thomas with 80 yards and one score and sophomore David Fluellen with 66 yards and a TD.

The defense shut down Miami's running game and forced three turnovers before allowing two meaningless touchdowns late in the game. Senior cornerback Desmond Marrow led UT with six tackles and tied his career high with two interceptions.

Toledo scored touchdowns in its first three possessions in the first quarter, with each of UT's three running backs taking a turn carrying the work load. The first drive consisted of three carries by Fluellen, the last a seven-yard blast into the end zone. The second drive took a little longer, eight plays, with Williams carrying the ball five times, including a two-yard TD run. Thomas scored a on a three-yarder just moments after breaking off a season-high 67-yarder.

The Rockets made it 28-0 in the second quarter when sophomore lineman Jayrone Elliott sacked Miami QB Zac Dysert and junior LB Robert Bell picked up the loose ball and rambled 55 yards into the end zone.

The RedHawks got on the board moments later when Dysert capped an 80-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring strike to Justin Semmes to cut the lead to 28-7. Toledo made it 35-7 on a one-yard run by Williams that capped a 52-yard, seven-play drive with 5:44 to play in the half. Miami scored moments later thanks to a 71-yard run by Nick Harwell that set up a one-yard TD plunge by Erik Finklea.

The Rockets are off next before hosting Northern Illinois (5-3, 3-1 MAC) in a MAC West Division showdown on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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