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Western Michigan at Toledo, Wild TV Shootout
Four MAC Records Broken in Marathon Game
TOLEDO-- It turned into a one wild and rare record breaking Tuesday evening college football game. Explanations and game narratives are hard to describe for a game that took almost five hours to play. Of course there was the customary halftime festivities included the dreaded TV timeouts. Both teams played hurray up, with no-huddle offenses.
Twenty University of Toledo seniors played their last game at the Glass Bowl on campus and will have memories for a lifetime. It was Senior Night and Toledo squeaked by Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference game, 66-63. It was all done in four regulation quarters to boot. The game had all the usual scoring components, running scores, passing scores and the kick.
In fact, it was a field goal by freshman Jeremiah Detmer who nailed a 39-yarder with 1:51 left to go, that turned out to be the difference maker. There were even more fireworks after that with an onside kick and a Western TD.
Senior running-back Adonis Thomas had a night to remember with his last home game for Toledo. He gained a career-high 216 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground and had five catches for 77 yards and another touchdown. Toledo relief QB Terrance Owens completed 22-of-27 passes for a career-best 318 yards and three scores. In fact it was the accurate short passes of the sophomore that kept the Rockets moving the chains.
Besides Thomas, the other parts of the Rocket running trio, Morgan Williams and David Fluellen each tallied a touchdown, marking the second time they have done that this year.
A week earlier Toledo lost to Northern Illinois 63-60. Longtime national sports broadcaster Michael Reghi said it best with a smile, “There is just a rumor of defense on the field.” Veteran NFL super-stats man Tom Bochenek added, “This score was like a basketball game but nobody left.”
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The University of Toledo football sports information staff of Paul Helgren worked as hard as the players on the field to keep up with the stats. Toledo had 804 total offensive yards. The two teams combined for a MAC record 1,439 yards of offense, a MAC record for touchdowns with 18 and set a Glass Bowl record with 123 points.
Toledo All-America junior Eric Page caught 10 passes for 68 yards, giving him 3,155 career receiving yards, breaking the school record held by Stephen Williams (3,102 yards from 2006-09). (Page caught five TD’s against Northern Illinois last week to tie MAC record with Marshal’s Randy Moss, 1997.)
Early in the fourth quarter Western Michigan tied the score at 49-49 on a one-yard run by Alex Carder. On the other side of the ball, Western Michigan’s junior QB Alex Carder completed 38-of-59 yards for a career-high 548 yards and seven touchdowns. Bronco WR Jordan White caught 16 passes for a career-best 238 yards and three scores, and also became WMU’s all-time leader in receiving yards.
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman has two more games to tighten the Rockets up. Toledo had six turnovers and WMU four. It was noted that senior cornerback Desmond Marrow has been with the program for six seasons. “I’m very proud of this senior class,” said Beckman.
Most of the crowd stayed until the very end and it was a great house for a school night contest. The Rocket Radio Network trio of voices, Mark Beier, Andy Boyd and Jim Heller went horse as they were on the air from the 6:00 p.m. pre-game show through the post rundown which finished at 12:34 a.m. It was a six and ½ hour radio-palooza. Longtime flagship station WSPD (1370 AM) ran out of commercial spots as the broadcast went so long. The game was also televised on ESPNU.
The UT Rockets Marching Band went beyond the normal call of service. They even stayed after the marathon game and serenaded the supporters that persevered. Those that hurried and got to Arnies, a popular 12 th man Rocket landmark watering hole were in luck. They kept the kitchen and grill opened and took orders until 1:00 a.m.
The University of Toledo 2011 seniors playing their last football home game.
David Alvey, PK (Maumee, OH), Terrell Anderson, LB (Pittsburgh, PA), Ryan Casano, PK (Dripping Springs, TX), Bill Claus, P/PK (Perrysburg, OH), Jerome Jones, TE (Youngstown, OH), Johnathan Lamb, DT (Southfield, MI), Phillipkeith Manley, OL (Hamilton, OH), Desmond Marrow, CB (Youngstown, OH), Colin McHugh, LS (Lakewood, OH), John Morookian, OL (Providence, RI), Diauntae Morrow, SS (Cleveland, OH), Danny Noble, TE (Elyria, OH), Taikwon Paige, CB (Aiken, SC), Malcolm Riley, DL (Fort Wayne, IN), Johnie Roberts, DL (Hattiesburg, MS), Kenny Stafford, WR (Columbus, OH), Adonis Thomas, RB (Newark, NJ), Mike VanDerMeulen, (Marshall, MI), Anthony Washington, DB (Fairborn, OH) and Morgan Williams, RB (Canton, OH).
By: Raymond Rolak