TOLEDO, OH -- Dorian Brown gashed Toledo for 212 rushing yards with one touchdown to lead the Ohio Bobcats past Toledo, 31-26, Thursday at the Glass Bowl. The outcome was significant for both teams.
Toledo (6-2, 3-1 MAC) not only lost just its second game overall, it dropped its first MAC contest, falling behind nationally-ranked (No. 20) Western Michigan in the West.
Ohio, meanwhile, not only . . .
Ohio (6-3, 4-1 MAC) had not beaten Toledo on the road since 1967. However, the Bobcats never trailed and fought off repeated UT challenges.
In something of a MACtion tradition, both teams eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. Toledo accumulated 560 yards, and Ohio managed 512. The latter was relatively balanced, with 269 rushing yards and 243 through the air. Toledo, which had been averaging 208 on the ground, picked up 122 rushing yards against the ‘Cats.
Quarterback Logan Woodside, among the national leaders in passing, completed 32 of 46 attempts for 438 yards with three TDs and the game’s only interception. Both teams lost one fumble.
Junior running back Terry Swanson led UT rushing with 58 yards on 10 carries, while Kareem Hunt was checked to 50 yards on 15 trips. He entered the game averaging 105.7 yards per outing.
Papi White chipped in 54 yards to go with Brown’s big rushing day for Ohio.
“I want to give a shoutout to all my O-line, tight ends, everyone on the offense,” Brown said. “Eleven guys did great. The blocking was great. My job was easy, the holes were wide open.”
Sebastian Smith was the OU leading receiver with four catches for 90 yards and a score. White had three catches (64 yards, 1 TD) and freshman Kyle Belack (2 receptions, 74 yards) also reached the end zone once.
Freshman Quinton Maxwell again got the start for Ohio and had mixed results. He was replaced with Greg Windham at one point but came back in the second half to help hold off the Rockets. Maxwell completed 7 of 16 overall for 159 yards and two TDs. Windham was 4 of 6 for 84 yards and a score.
Maxwell’s pass to Kyle Belack on a 57-yard play opened scoring at 9:17 of the second quarter. Jameson Vest got part of it back with a 29-yard Toledo field goal to make it 7-3.
Windham hit Smith on a 33-yard TD strike for Ohio before Vest again converted a field goal as the half expired.
Toledo quickly drew within one point (14-13) early in the third period when Woodside combined with Jon’Vea Johnson on a 98-yard pass play.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the period as White scored on a 25-yard Maxwell pass at the 6:00 mark and Woodside found Jones for 24 yards and a TD at 3:39. That again pulled UT within a single point, 21-20.
Ohio finally pulled off the game’s only back-to-back scores with 10 straight points. Louie Zervos hit his only field goal of the game (39 yards) just before the end of the period and Brown ripped off a 51-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to put the visitors up 31-20.
Woodside hit Johnson for the second time on the night, this one from 10 yards out, at 3:28. However, a try for two points failed after officials ruled that a receiver stepped out of the end zone before catching a Woodside pass. That left the hosts in need of a touchdown.
Ohio held onto the ball for six plays and pinned UT down at its own 25 with 55 seconds left following a punt. The Rockets managed to reach OU’s 44 before time expired.