NCAA Game Summary - Western Michigan at Toledo|
(Tuesday, November 8th)
Final Score: Toledo 66, Western Michigan 63
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Terrance Owens threw for 318 yards and three
touchdowns, as the Toledo Rockets bested the Western Michigan Broncos, 66-63,
in a back-and-forth shootout from the Glass Bowl.
Adonis Thomas ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, while Morgan Williams
added a pair of rushing scores for the Rockets (6-4, 5-1 MAC), who were coming
off of a 63-60 loss to Northern Illinois.
Alex Carder completed 38-of-59 passes for 548 yards and seven touchdowns --
three to Jordan White -- for the Broncos (5-5, 3-3).
White caught 16 passes for 238 yards.
Toledo, which got touchdown receptions from Jerome Jones, Bernard Reedy and
Williams, compiled a Mid-American Conference season-high 804 yards of total
Carder hit Robert Arnheim for an eight-yard touchdown on the Rockets' opening
drive of the second half, but Western Michigan answered with an 80-yard
touchdown drive, capped by Thomas' one-yard scoring plunge for a 35-35 tie.
Toledo then appeared to grab a decisive advantage, countering a pair of
Western Michigan punts with David Fluellen's two-yard scoring run and Reedy's
42-yard touchdown grab for a 49-35 lead.
But the Broncos rallied once again, as White broke a pair of tackles en route
to a 60-yard touchdown reception and Carder's one-yard sneak on 2nd-and-
goal tied the game with 13:22 remaining.
Williams' three-yard touchdown plunge put the Rockets on top on their next
The teams then traded turnovers before a Broncos punt.
Thomas capitalized on the defensive stand with a 42-yard touchdown run for a
63-49 Toledo lead with 5:21 remaining.
On their next drive, the Broncos made it a 63-56 game on Chleb Ravenell's
eight-yard touchdown grab.
Western Michigan then held Toledo out of the end zone, but Jeremiah Detmer's
39-yard field goal put the Rockets on top, 66-56, with 1:51 left.
Carder marched the Broncos down the field with haste, hitting Eric Monette for
a 34-yard completion before finding White for a nine-yard score with 1:01
The ensuing onsides kick sailed out of bounds, however, and the Rockets were
able to run out the clock.
Surprisingly, both teams punted on their first possession of this back-and-
Western Michigan's punt was fumbled by the Rockets' Eric Page, and Carder
capitalized with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Clark Mussman for a 7-0 lead.
The Broncos grabbed on 14-0 lead on their next drive, as White caught a pass
in the flat, stiff-armed a defender and bulled his way into the end zone for
an 11-yard touchdown.
The Rockets, though, reeled off 21 unanswered points to grab the lead.
Owens hit Jones for a 23-yard touchdown on the team's next drive, then
capitalized on a Western Michigan fumble with a 40-yard scoring strike to
The Broncos fumbled again on the their next drive and Dan Molls returned the
loose ball 24 yards for a touchdown and a 21-14 Toledo lead after one quarter.
Toledo turned the ball over early in the second, as Page fumbled, but the
woes continued for Western Michigan, as Carder fumbled on the goal line to
squander a scoring opportunity.
The Rockets, though, gave the ball back three plays later, as Owens was
intercepted by Doug Wiggins, whose 20-yard touchdown return tied the game at
Austin Dantin was intercepted by Demetrius Pettway on Toledo's next possession
and Carder hit Josh Schaffer for a 64-yard touchdown strike several plays
Williams responded, though, finding the end zone with a 24-yard run to make it
a 28-28 game at the half.
11/09 01:20:44 ET