Rockets Knock Out Coastal Carolina, 38-28
TOLEDO - Junior quarterback Terrance Owens continued his sizzling pace, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another to lead Toledo to a 38-28 victory over Coastal Carolina in a non-conference action at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.
Toledo (3-1) had to battle Coastal Carolina (2-2), an FCS team, right to the end of the game. The issue was not settled until the Chanticleers' final possession of the game was stopped on downs on the last play of the game.
Owens completed 27-of-36 passes and continued his streak of passes without an interception. He has now gone 230 passes without a pick, going back to Nov. 8 of last season.
Junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy had another big game, catching a career-high 10 passes for 102 yards. Redshirt freshman Alonzo Russell added seven receptions for 97 yards. Senior tight end Cordale Scott caught the first two touchdown passes of his career. Junior running back David Fluellen left the game with an injury in the third quarter. Sophomore Cassius McDowell filled the gap with 50 yards and one touchdown.
CCU outgained Toledo, 432-402, but the Rockets were aided by a season-high five sacks, four in the second half. Junior Jayrone Elliott led the way with pair of sacks. Senior linebacker Dan Molls and redshirt freshman linebacker Trent Voss led the Rockets with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively.
Coastal Carolina opened the scoring in the first quarter on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard scoring plunge by Jeremy Height. Toledo countered with a 26-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer to cut the lead to 7-3 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. On their next possession, the Rockets made use of a short field to score their first touchdown, a six-yard TD catch by Scott, the first scoring grab of his career.
Toledo extended its lead to 17-7 on Owens connected on a 43-yard bomb to Reedy early in the second quarter. But the Chanticleers would not quit, cutting the lead to 17-14 with 9:06 to play in the first half when Quarterback Aramis Hill hit a wide-open Thomas Pauciello for a 25-yard score to keep CCU within three points at halftime.
Coastal grabbed the lead, 21-17, early in the third quarter when Aramis hit DeMario Bennett in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard score. Toledo regained the lead, 24-21, when Owens called his own number for an eight-yard scoring run with 7:38 to play in the third quarter. The Rockets extended the lead to 31-21 moments later when Reedy returned a punt 39 yards to the CCU 18-yard line, setting up a six-yard TD run by McDowell. CCU again cut the lead to three, 31-28, on a 17-yard TD pass from Hillary to Tyrell Blanks with 8:41 to play. But Toledo scored what turned out to the final points of the game on a seven-yard pass from Owens to Scott with 4:59 to play. Both of Coastal Carolina's final two drives were stopped on downs.
The Rockets will return to conference action next week when they travel to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan in a MAC West battle.