Post-Game Notes following Toledo's 38-17 win at Central Michigan

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 09/21/2013
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·         Toledo’s victory over Central Michigan was its fourth in a row over the Chippewas and gives the Rockets a 21-18-3 advantage in the all-time series.

·         UT has won its last six Mid-American Conference openers with its last defeat coming to the Chippewas in Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 8, 2007.

·         Toledo scored a season-high 38 points in today’s contest, surpassing its 33 points in last week’s win over Eastern Washington.

·         The Rockets were successful on nine of 12 (75.0 percent) third-down plays, marking their best performance in that category since a 78.6 (11-of-14) performance in a 70-21 victory over Northern Illinois on Oct. 27, 2007.

·         The Rockets’ two interceptions and two fumble recoveries matched their number of takeways entering the contest. UT had one recovery vs. Florida, one interception vs. Missouri and one of each vs. Eastern Washington.

·         Toledo’s 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter marked its first lead after 15 minutes this season. UT entered the contest being outscored by a 31-16 margin in the first quarter.

·         Senior running back David Fluellen gained 197 yards and scored two touchdowns on a season-high 32 carries, marking his third 100-yard rushing effort of the season and 10th of his career. Fluellen moved past Steve Morgan (2,540/1981-84) and DaJuane Collins (2,588/2006-09) on UT’s career yardage list and now has 2,712 yards as a Rocket. Next up for Fluellen is Casey McBeth, who gained 2,719 yards from 1991-94.

·         Senior wide receiver Bernard Reedy caught eight passes for 96 yards. He now ranks fifth on the receiving yardage chart with 2,192 yards after passing Mel Long (2,188/1997-2000) and Don Fair (2,191/1969-71). Steve Odom (2003-06) ranks No. 4 on the list with 2,631 yards.

·         Senior quarterback Terrance Owens entered the game with 9:12 remaining in the second quarter and proceeded to lead UT on a 96-yard touchdown drive to give the Rockets a 21-7 advantage. Owens finished the game completing 13-of-17 passes for 139 yards and one score. Owens’ touchdown pass moved him past Aaron Opelt (2006-09) into third place on Toledo’s career touchdown list with 47 scoring passes.  He needs five more to match Ryan Huzjak’s total of 52 from 1993-96.

·         Freshman quarterback Logan Woodside started his first collegiate game. He completed 3-of-6 pass attempts for 27 yards.

·         Junior linebacker Junior Sylvestre tied for the team lead with 12 tackles, one shy of his career best at Missouri. He also registered his first career sack along with his second and third career fumble recoveries. Sylvestre put UT ahead, 14-7, in the first quarter by forcing a fumble on a sack and then recovering the ball and scampering in for a 22-yard touchdown.

·         Sophomore linebacker Chase Murdock shared the team lead with 12 tackles to equal his career best. He also registered a career-best three tackles-for-losses, forced one fumble and recorded his first career interception.

·         Senior defensive end Jayrone Elliott collected a career-high 11 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss.

·         Junior linebacker Ray Bush picked off the first pass of his collegiate career and also came up with three tackles.

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