(Friday, November 18th)
Final Score: Toledo 44, Central Michigan 17
Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) - Terrance Owens threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as he led the Toledo Rockets to a convincing 44-17 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Owens converted 24-of-32 passes for 275 yards and ran for another 63 yards on eight attempts for the Rockets (7-4, 6-1 MAC) as they moved into a tie for first place in the MAC West Division with Northern Illinois. Adonis Thomas finished with a game-high 131 yards and two touchdowns on 21 rushing attempts as well.
The Chippewas (3-9, 2-6) were paced by Ryan Radcliff who converted 20-of-37 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sacked three times and had a pass picked off in the losing cause. Titus Davis caught five balls for 64 yards and two scores.
Toledo opened the night's scoring with a 26-yard TD run by Thomas on the first series in the first quarter.
CMU responded with a three-yard TD pass from Radcliff to Davis later in the frame to lock the score at 7-7.
On the ensuing possession, the Rockets moved the ball 65 yards on 13 plays, eating up more than five minutes on the clock and capping the drive with a one-yard TD run by Thomas.
Less than two minutes into the second quarter Chippewas kicker David Harman closed the gap to 14-10 with a successful 21-yard field goal.
Harman's counterpart, Jeremiah Detmer, booted a couple field goals of his own in the second quarter, the first on a 39-yard effort and the second as the clock ran out from 50 yards away to make the score 20-10 at the break.
The Rockets built on their lead in the second half as Owens tossed TD passes of 39 and 51 yards to James Green and Bernard Reedy, respectively, and in between Ryan Casano hit on a 27-yard field goal which gave the visitors a 37-10 edge with 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Radcliff and Davis hooked up again for the Chippewas midway through the fourth, the pair combining on a 14-yard TD pass play, but the Rockets left no doubt as Owens slipped into the end zone from five yards out to complete the 27-point win.
Averaging close to seven yards per snap, Toledo generated 511 yards of total offense on the night.
11/19 00:06:19 ET