TOLEDO at Western Michigan
Sept. 30, 2012
Kalamazoo, MI (Waldo Stadium)
With tonight's win, the Rockets improve to 16-2 in their last 18 league contests.
UT is now 4-1 on the season, marking its best start since 2005. Toledo also began that year winnng four of its first five games and went on to finish 9-3 overall.
Toledo snapped WMU's nine-game win streak in Waldo Stadium. The Broncos had not lost at home since Oct. 30, 2010.
Toledo finished with a commanding edge in total yards (521-405), rushing yards (278-173), passing yards (243-232), turnover margin (+4, 4-0) and time of possession (33:08-26:52).
The Rockets picked off a season-high three passes. Senior S Mark Singer, junior LB Vladimir Emilien and sophomore DB Jordan Haden were credited with interceptions. The Rockets came into tonight's game with four picks in their first four games.
Junior QB Terrance Owens went the distance under center and completed 22-of-33 passes for 243 yards. Owens has not thrown a pick since the second quarter of the Western Michigan game on Nov. 8, 2011, a string of 263 consecutive passes. With tonight's effort, he now has 4,536 career passing yards, 10th-most in school history.
Junior RB David Fluellen carried the ball 21 times for a career-high 213 yards, 13th most in a game in school history, and a collegiate-best three scores. Fluellen averaged a whopping 10.1 yards per carry. He was credited with a six-yard run and a career-long 53-yard scamper in the first and a 22-yard score in the third. Fluellen's previous career high was 102 yards at Wyoming on Sept. 8, 2012. He was the first Rocket to surpass 200 yards since Adonis Thomas ran for 216 yards vs. WMU on Nov. 8, 2011.
Sophomore RB Cassius McDowell made his first collegiate start and carried the ball eight times for 51 yards.
Junior LB Vladimir Emilien also made his first collegiate start and finished with three stops. Emilien was also credited with his first career interception in the third quarter.
Toledo took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards in eight plays, capped off by a six-yard TD run by junior RB David Fluellen. The scoring drive marked the first time the Rockets scored on their opening possession this season.
Senior S Mark Singer picked off first pass of the season and fifth in his UT career in the second quarter. Singer finished tonight's division matchup with four stops.
Redshirt freshman WR Alonzo Russell caught a team-tying best five passes for 87 yards. Russell, who celebrated his 20th birtday this evening, has finished with at least five catches in each of the last three games.
Freshman TE Alex Zmolik had his first collegiate catch in the first quarter, reeling in a two-yard pass.
Sophomore J.D. Detmer booted a career-high three field goals, converting from 20 yards in the first, 28 yards in the second and 23 yards in the fourth. Detmer has now made multiple field goals in three of the first five games and is 9-of-14 on the season.
Sophomore DB Jordan Haden picked off his first collegiate pass and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It the Rockets' first defensive score this season. Hayden's pick-six was also UT's first since Jermaine Robinson returned an INT 37 yards vs. Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl on Dec. 28 in Washington, DC.
Senior LB Dan Molls led the Rockets with 13 tackles, marking the fourth time this season and 15th occasion in his UT career he has totaled double-digit stops.
Junior DE Jayrone Elliott recorded his third sack of the season in fourth quarter.
Senior DL Phil Lewis recovered his first collegiate fumble in the fourth quarter. Lewis was credited with one tackle in the game.
Toledo outscored WMU 17-0 in the first quarter. The Rockets came into tonight's game tallying a total of 20 points in the opening 15 minutes in the first four contests.
Senior DE T.J. Fatinikun left the game with a lower leg/foot injury in the first quarter and did not return. Fatinikun missed the final seven games last season with an elbow injury.
Junior C Zac Kerin suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return.