(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Toledo 42, Central Michigan 31
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Terrance Owens threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns as the Toledo Rockets posted a solid 42-31 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas in a Mid-American Conference bout at the Glass Bowl.
Owens completed 24-of-32 passes for the Rockets (8-4, 7-1 MAC) as they won their second straight and the fifth in the last six outings. Eric Page stepped up his play with 12 catches for 127 yards and two TDs and also returned a pair of kickoffs for scores, not to mention throwing a TD pass in the meeting.
The Chippewas (3-9, 2-6) were paced by Ryan Radcliff who converted 28-of-39 passes for 322 yards, but was sacked once and had a pass picked off in the setback. Running back Zurlon Tipton carried the ball nine times for 24 yards and two TDs.
On the first possession of the afternoon Owens needed just three plays to move the ball 79 yards as he hooked up with Kenny Stafford for a 75-yard TD strike to give the home team an early 7-0 edge.
CMU countered when Carl Volny hit the end zone on a one-yard run less than five minutes later.
Page then took the ensuing kickoff almost the length of the field, credited with a 99-yard TD return, to push the lead back to seven for the Rockets. In the second quarter it was Page again for Toledo as he reeled in touchdown passes of nine and 25 yards from Owens to make the score 28-7.
Before the first half could come to an end the Chippewas took a bite out of the Toledo lead when Tipton crossed the goal line from a yard out, but still the visitors trailed by two touchdowns at the break, 28-14.
Central Michigan kicker David Harman capped a nine-play, 35-yard drive in the third with a 33-yard field goal, but once again the Chippewas kicked off to Page and once again he streaked 95 yards the other way to counter for the Rockets and give them a commanding 35-17 edge.
Early in the fourth the Chippewas lodged a key play of their own when Lorenzo White recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a TD, but less than three minutes later Toledo responded with a 28-yard TD pass from Page to Owens to change it up just a bit.
Trailing by 18 points, CMU refused to back down and advanced the ball 58 yards on eight plays, ending with a two-yard TD run by Tipton to make the score 42-31 with 7:23 remaining to play.
11/26 19:13:26 ET