(Friday, September 11th)
Final Score: Toledo 54, Colorado 38
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Aaron Opelt was the ultimate dual-threat Friday, passing for 319 yards and four touchdowns and adding 109 yards and two scores on the ground, as Toledo crushed Colorado, 54-38, in the highest scoring game ever at the Glass Bowl.
The 428 total yards from scrimmage is a career-high for Opelt, who threw for a career-best 423 yards in last week's loss to Purdue. He completed 15-of-23 throws and amassed his rushing total on only eight carries.
DaJuane Collins added 160 yards rushing and a score on 20 carries for Toledo (1-1). Eric Page had three receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Kenny Stafford also found the end zone once while making four catches for 88 yards.
Cody Hawkins went 30-for-64 passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns but also threw three interceptions for the Buffaloes (0-2), who lost to Colorado State, 23-17, in their first game of the season. Darrell Scott ran 12 times for 85 yards, while Scotty McKnight made 11 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Jason Espinoza recorded eight receptions for 109 yards and a score in the loss.
Toledo got off to a quick start, scoring 30 of the game's first 33 points.
Opelt threw touchdown passes of 8 and 70 yards, respectively, in the first quarter for a 13-0 lead after the opening period.
Aric Goodman made a 32-yard field goal early in the second for Colorado to cut the deficit to 10, but Alex Steigerwald answered with a 50-yard make for the Rockets. Opelt followed with a 27-yard rushing score to account for the 23-3 halftime score.
Stafford made a 26-yard touchdown grab to start the third quarter scoring, and McKnight answered with his four-yard scoring reception for the Buffaloes. After Opelt found Todd Burzine from 23 yards out for a 37-10 lead, Colorado scored two consecutive touchdowns to close out the quarter -- a Hawkins five- yard pass to Espinoza and a four-yard pass to Riar Geer -- to make it 37-24 heading to the fourth.
Toledo quickly shut the door on any Colorado comeback, as Opelt ran right through the middle of the Buffaloes' defense for a 61-yard touchdown for a 20- point lead. Collins added a 23-yard rushing score and Steigerwald hit a 43- yard field goal to put the game out of reach.
Hawkins accounted for the final margin with an 18-yard touchdown pass and a 12-yard scoring run in the last minutes.
09/12 01:55:56 ET