|Date of game: 10/25/2014
Recap: Toledo vs. Massachusetts
Toledo, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Terry Swanson recorded his second rushing touchdown of the contest with 34 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Toledo Rockets to a 42-35 win over the Massachusetts Minutemen in a Mid- American Conference thriller at the Glass Bowl.
Swanson finished with 97 yards on 18 attempts for Toledo (5-3, 4-0 MAC), while Kareem Hunt racked up 198 yards and a score on 26 rushes. Logan Woodside completed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 225 yards and three touchdowns with a pair of interceptions while under center for the Rockets, who picked up their fourth consecutive victory to remain perfect in MAC play. Corey Jones made five grabs for 67 yards.
UMass (2-7, 2-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped despite a strong performance by Blake Frohnapfel, who threw for 438 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions on 28-of-55 passing efficiency. Jean Sifrin and Jalen Williams made six catches apiece for 185 and 97 yards, respectively. Tajae Sharpe also made an impact in the aerial attack with seven receptions for 75 yards and a score. Jovan Santos-Knox anchored the Minutemen's defense with 12 total stops.
The Minutemen got off to a strong start, as Frohnapfel concluded the opening drive of the contest with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Williams. The visitors maintained a 6-0 lead after Logan Laurent missed the ensuing extra-point attempt. Williams made a spectacular over the shoulder touchdown grab on 3rd- and-17 from the Toledo 35-yard line with 6:32 remaining in the first frame to give UMass a 13-0 lead.
The Rockets put their first points on the board with 2:04 left to play in the first quarter, as Swanson ran 14-yard untouched for a score. After an interception by Woodside set UMass up with a short field moments into the second stanza, Frohnapfel connected with Shakur Nesmith on a 15-yard touchdown pass to extend the visitors' lead to 20-7.
Toledo answered with a 13-play, 94-yard drive which was concluded by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Woodside to Michael Roberts.
The Rockets, who went into the intermission trailing 20-14, took their first lead of the game at the 11:08 mark of the third period, as Jones turned a short catch into a 42-yard touchdown reception by breaking a few tackles and dashing up the left side of the field.
Toledo extended its advantage on the scoreboard to 28-20, with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter, as Hunt broke away for a 36-yard touchdown rush.
UMass struck back just over three minutes into the final frame, as Frohnapfel completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Sharpe. Frohnapfel tied the score with a completion to Mills on the following two-point conversion attempt.
The Rockets answered as they picked up 69 yards on 11 plays to set up a six- yard touchdown toss from Woodside to Dwight Macon.
The Minutemen once again evened the score, as Frohnapfel completed a short pass to Sifrin, who broke a pair of tackles to create some running room and made his way across the goal line on a 76-yard play.
Swanson scored the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left on a 19-yard scamper.
UMass tallied only 52 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Toledo out-gained the Minutemen, 520-497, in total yards of offense.Game Notes