Final Score: Ohio 31, Toledo 26
You knew it was over when: Toledo (6-2, 3-1) turned the ball over on downs via a 10-second run off in Ohio (6-3, 3-1) territory with just under 50 seconds left in the game.
Browns sparks ground game: Junior running back Dorian Brown led the Bobcat offense on Thursday night, rushing for a season high 212 yards on 29 attempts. With Ohio leading 24-20 in the fourth quarter, Brown broke off his biggest run of the night, a 51-yard touchdown to give the green and white an 11-point edge. The Pittsburgh, PA native has ran for 416 yards over the last three games.
QB duo combines for triple crown: Nearly 70 percent of Ohio’s plays were runs, but the quarterback tandem of Quinton Maxwell and Greg Windham made the most of their 22 pass attempts. Maxwell started Ohio’s scoring with a 57-yard scoring strike to Kyle Belack.
Once Toledo cut the Ohio’s lead to one point early in the second half, Maxwell hit Papi White on a 25-yard score to push the Bobcats’ lead to 21-13. Maxwell completed seven of 16 passes for 159 yards. It was Maxwell’s second multi-touchdown outing of the season, first since a Sept. 24th victory over Gardner-Webb.
Windham, who didn’t play in last week’s win over Kent State, added four completions on six passes for 84 yards and a 33-yard touchdown toss to Sebastian Smith in the second quarter.
MAC’s leading passer comes up short: Toledo starting quarterback Logan Woodside, a junior from Frankfurt, KY, was lighting up the stat sheet coming into this matchup with the Bobcats. Woodside continued to produce in the loss, throwing for 438 yards and three touchdowns. After managing just two fields drives in the first half, Woodside threw three touchdowns in the final two periods, including a season-long 98-yard touchdown to Jon’Vea Johnson with 11:37 left in the third.
After hitting Johnson for a second touchdown with 3:28 left in the game to make it 31-26, Woodside and company took over needing 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Woodside completed three passes to move into Bobcat territory, but the Rockets failed on fourth down, sealing a win for Ohio.
Despite the loss, Woodside set a Toledo school record with 31 touchdown passes.
History: The victory was Ohio’s first over Toledo since 1988, snapping a 12-game winning streak for the Rockets. It was also Ohio’s first road win over Toledo since 1967.
Bowl eligibility: The big road win made Ohio bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season.
Added bonus: On top of the win over Toledo, the Bobcats got some help in its quest to win the MAC East. Buffalo defeated Akron, 41-20, on Thursday night, giving Ohio a one-game lead over the Zips for the top spot in the division.
What’s next?: The Bobcats return home to host the Buffalo Bulls (2-6, 1-3) at Peden Stadium next Thursday (Nov. 3rd). Ohio lost last year’s battle with Buffalo, 41-17.
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