MONTGOMERY, AL – Senior Kareem Hunt rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns to become Toledo's all-time leading rusher, but it wasn't enough as Toledo fell to Appalachian State, 31-28, Saturday in the 2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.
App State scored on a 39-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter to give the Mountaineers a 31-28 lead. Toledo had its chance to tie the score, but Jameson Vest's 30-yard field-goal attempt with 1:48 remaining was wide right.
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The contest was a close battle throughout the night, with neither team leading by more than seven points. The score was tied at 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The Mountaineers struck first, moving 72 yards on 10 plays on their first drive for the touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Taylor Lamb to Deltron Hopkins.
Toledo tied the score, 7-7, on a 15-yard scoring strike from Woodside to tight end Michael Roberts. The big play on that drive was a 58-yard bomb from Woodside to Corey Jones that set UT up at the App State 17-yard line.
The teams traded three punts each before App State scored on a 13-yard run by Marcus Cox to give the Mountaineers a 14-7 lead with 6:03 to play in the second quarter. Toledo then struck back when Hunt bolted 26 yards into the end zone to tie the score at 14-14.
App State regained the lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Taylor Lamb on a fourth-and-one play with 8:04 to play in the third quarter. Later in the period, Toledo tied the score once again, 21-21, on a four-yard touchdown pass from Woodside to Cody Thompson. However, the Mountaineers responded immediately as Darrynton Evans returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
Toledo evened the score at 28-28 with a one-yard run by Hunt. That score was set up by Woodside's 58-yard pass to Thompson across the middle of the field to the four-yard line.
App State had a chance to take the lead with a 38-yard field goal attempt. Instead, the Mountaineers attempted a fake. The pass attempt fell incomplete giving the Rockets the ball on their own 21-yard line. However, UT was unable to move the ball and punted. The Mountaineers took over near mid-field and regained the lead with a 39-yard field goal by Michael Rubino.
Toledo had a chance to win or tie on its final possession. Jones got UT in good field position with a 31-yard kickoff return to the UT 43-yard line. Toledo moved the ball to the ASU eight-yard line but the drive stalled, setting up Vest's missed field-goal attempt.
(Courtesy of UT Athletics)