Eastern Michigan at TOLEDO
Nov. 2, 2013
Toledo, OH (Glass Bowl)
With tonight’s triumph, the Rockets improve to 9-1 at home under head coach Matt Campbell.
UT claimed its seventh consecutive victory over Eastern Michigan, signifying its longest win streak in the series. The Rockets won six straight contests against the Eagles on two occasions from 1979-84 and most recently 2000-05.
The Rockets have now scored at least 50 points in three straight games against Eastern Michigan and are averaging 49.0 ppg during their seven-game win streak in the series.
Toledo finished with a season-high 729 yards of total offense (334 yards rushing, 395 yards passing), the third-highest total in school history. The record is 812 yards against Northern Illinois on Oct. 27, 2007.
UT posted a season-best 34 first downs (20 rushing, 14 passing), the fifth-best total in school history. The record is 37 vs. Western Michigan on Nov. 8, 2011.
The Rockets had a season-best four players rush for at least 50 yards and score four touchdowns. UT averaged a staggering 6.3 yards per carry. Freshman RB Kareem Hunt led the charge on the ground with 20 carries for a season-best 168 yards and two scores.
Senior QB Terrance Owens completed 18-of-24 passes for a season-best 375 yards and a season-tying best three touchdowns. Owens’ 375 yards is the second most in his collegiate career, surpassed only by 401 yards also against EMU on Oct. 13, 2012. It was Owens’ sixth-career contest with at least 300 yards passing. In three career games against EMU, Owens is 52-of-70 for 922 yards with eight TDs. With tonight’s effort, Owens moves into second place in school history in career passing yardage (7,582).
Freshman RB Kareem Hunt carried the ball 20 times for a season-high 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first collegiate start in place of injured senior David Fluellen. Hunt was credited with a two-yard TD plunge and a 39-yard TD scamper in the second quarter. He has now topped the century mark in three consecutive contests. Hunt has rushed the ball 56 times for 409 yards and five TDs in the last three games, averaging 7.3 yards per carry.
Junior WR Justin Olack tied his career high with four catches for a collegiate best 110 yards, including an 80-yard TD reception in the third quarter. Olack also had four catches against Akron on Nov. 20, 2012, while his previous best effort was 66 yards vs. Ball State on Nov. 6, 2012. He came into tonight’s game with seven catches for 50 yards on the season.
Senior WR Bernard Reedy had three receptions for 84 yards. Reedy has now caught a pass in 35 consecutive games. With tonight’s effort, Reedy moves into sole possession of sixth place in school history with 185 career catches.
Junior CB Cheatham Norrils was credited with his first interception of the season in the first quarter.
Redshirt freshman RB Damion Jones-Moore rushed the ball seven times for a season-best 67 yards, including a 30-yard TD scamper in the first quarter. Jones-Moore is now third on the team with four rushing TDs on the season.
Senior DE Christian Smith made his first start of the season and totaled four tackles, tied for the second-highest total on the team.
Sophomore CB Chris Dukes appeared as a starter for the first time since the season opener at Florida (Aug. 31) and finished with one stop.
Junior PK Jeremiah Detmer booted a pair of field goal to post his fifth multi field-goal effort this season. Detmer was credited with a 20-yard field goal in both the second and third quarters and has now converted eight consecutive field goals in 2013.
Junior PK Clay Simpkins saw his first collegiate action and kicked the extra point following Toledo’s seventh and final touchdown.
Redshirt freshman RB Marc Remy scored his first collegiate touchdown on a nine-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Remy carried the ball 10 times for 58 yards.
The Rockets scored 38 points in the first half, the most points in a half since they also scored 38 against Western Michigan in the second half on Nov. 8, 2011.
Toledo received a seven-yard TD catch by sophomore TE Alex Zmolik from senior QB Terrance on its opening drive. The Rockets have now tallied points on their opening possession in seven of nine 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).
Toledo was a stellar 7-of-10 on third-down conversions. The Rockets came into tonight’s game seventh in the MAC, converting 38.6 percent (39-of-101).
The Rockets totaled 21 points in the first period, signifying their second most productive quarter in 2013. UT posted a season-best 24 points in the third period vs. Western Michigan on Oct. 5.
UT finished with 3.0 quarterback sacks and has totaled 13.0 in the last three contests. Junior LB Junior Sylvestre, sophomore Allen Covington and freshman DT Marquise Moore were each credited with 1.0 sack in tonight’s victory. Sylvestre has 4.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss in the last two contests.
Toledo held Eastern Michigan scoreless in the opening period, marking the second consecutive contest and third overall this season the Midnight Blue & Gold did not allow its opposition to tally points in the opening 15 minutes. The Rockets also held Bowling Green (Oct. 26) and Western Michigan (Oct. 5) scoreless in the first quarter.
Senior RB David Fluellen, senior SS Ross Madison and sophomore DL Orion Jones sat out tonight’s division matchup due to injury.
Senior OL Zach Kerins, senior QB Terrance Owens, senior WR Bernard Reedy and senior DE Christian Smith served as tonight’s team captains.