Sept. 14, 2013
Toledo, OH (Glass Bowl)
With tonight’s victory, the Rockets improve to 6-1 at home under head coach Matt Campbell.
Toledo finished with a sizable 530-377 edge in total offense and a 36:50-23:10 advantage in time of possession. The Rockets came into tonight’s home opener averaging 296.0 yards of total offense and 23:47 in time of possession.
Senior RB David Fluellen carried the ball 21 times for a season-high 143 yards and two touchdowns, topping the century for a second consecutive week and ninth time in his career. Fluellen was credited with a 44-yard TD run and a 12-yard scamper in the first quarter, signifying his fifth career game with multiple TDs. With tonight’s effort, Fluellen moved into eighth place in school history in career rushing yards (2,515).
Senior QB Terrance Owens completed his first two passes on the evening before suffering a left knee injury in the first quarter. Owens did not return to the game.
Freshman QB Logan Woodside replaced the injured Owens and completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and one TD in his collegiate debut. Woodside connected with senior WR Bernard Reedy on an 81-yard TD catch and run in the third quarter.
Senior WR Bernard Reedy caught a team-tying best five passes for a season-best 112 yards, including a career-long 81-yard TD reception in the third quarter. His previous best effort was 66 yards vs. Central Michigan on Oct. 6, 2012. With tonight’s effort, Reedy moved into seventh place in UT annals in career pass reception yardage (2,098) and ninth in catches (151).
Senior DE Jayrone Elliott tallied a sack in the first period and finished with five tackles. Elliott has now recorded a sack in each of the first three games this season.
Junior LB Ray Bush made first career start and totaled one stop.
Sophomore TE Alex Zmolik was also credited with his first career start and reeled in two passes for 27 yards.
Junior LB Junior Sylvestre tied for the team lead with seven tackles. Sylvestre was also credited with his first career interception and a forced fumble in the second quarter.
Senior SS Ross Madison finished with four tackles and recovered a fumble in the second period.
Junior RB Cassius McDowell ran the ball 10 times for a collegiate-best 89 yards, surpassing his previous best effort of 64 yards at Arizona on Sept. 1, 2012.
Redshirt freshman RB Damion Jones-Moore rumbled in from four yards out in the fourth quarter to score his first collegiate touchdown. Jones-Moore carried the ball six times for 29 yards.
Senior P Vince Penza dropped four punts inside the 20-yard line. Penza averaged 35.3 yards on seven punts.
Sophomore DE Allen Covington tipped a pass which led to an interception in the second period. Covington finished the game with one stop.
Junior PK Jeremiah Detmer booted a 23-yard field goal in second period, signifying his 23rd consecutive conversion to tie a school record previously held by Alex Steigerwald in 2007-08. Detmer's streak was snapped later in the game when he missed a 35-yarder at the end of the first half. He was also credited with a 36-yard field goal in the fourth stanza, and has made a field goal in each of the first three contests this fall.
Freshman DE John Stepec made his collegiate debut and totaled one tackle.
Toledo's captains for tonight’s home opener are senior WR Bernard Reedy, senior QB Terrance Owens, senior DE Christian Smith, senior SS Ross Madison and senior OL Zac Kerin.