NCAA Game Summary - Cincinnati at Toledo|
(Saturday, October 20th)
Final Score: Toledo 29, (21) Cincinnati 23
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Jordan Haden intercepted Munchie Legaux's pass
with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for
the Rockets, as Toledo upset the No. 21 Cincinnati Bearcats, 29-23, at the
Jeremiah Detmer was a perfect 5-for-5 kicking field goals. After Toledo (7-1)
ate up nearly eight minutes of the fourth-quarter clock, Detmer's 25-yard kick
with 42 seconds to play accounted for the final margin, giving the Rockets
their seventh straight victory.
"It was a great win in the Glass Bowl tonight, it was great for our student
body and the city of Toledo," said Toledo coach Matt Campbell. "I thought
Cincinnati played hard and it was a great battle, but I'm really proud of our
senior leadership and our coaches. Hopefully, this win gives us great momentum
as we continue on through the rest of the season."
Terrance Owens completed 13-of-24 passes for 126 yards and ran for another 50
on 14 carries for Toledo. Bernard Reedy paced all receivers with five catches
for 72 yards and David Fluellen added 161 yards on 25 carries for the Rockets.
Legaux struggled to get into a rhythm, completing just 15-of-36 passes for 227
yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He added 66 yards rushing and a
score on nine carries for Cincinnati (5-1).
Ralph Abernathy rushed for 98 yards on just nine carries, while George Winn
ran for 86 yards in the setback.
Leading 16-13 at halftime, Toledo opened the second half with the ball and
added three more to its advantage.
The Rockets rushed their way into Cincinnati territory thanks to a 16-yard
run by Owens and a 17-yard sprint by Fluellen. After taking a sack on first
down, Owens ran two consecutive times to move Toledo to the Bearcats' 23.
Fluellen then took two carries for a total of 21 yards down to the 2-yard
line, but Toledo couldn't pick up another yard and was forced to settle for
Detmer's 20-yard kick.
After an exchange of punts, Cincinnati took its first lead of the game. From
their own 30, Legaux completed passes of 33 yards to Kebrell Thompkins and 12
yards to Chris Moore before throwing a 25-yard strike to Damon Julian for a
touchdown to give the Bearcats a 20-19 lead.
However, their lead was short-lived, as Reedy returned the ensuing kickoff 91
yards for a touchdown to put Toledo back on top 26-20.
"When you give up a kick return for a touchdown, you know you are in trouble,
and Toledo did a great job," said Cincinnati coach Butch Adams. "I have a
tremendous amount of respect for their football program. Bernard Reedy is a
great football player, but it is inexcusable that we gave them seven points."
Trying to catch Cincinnati off guard, Toledo attempted an onside kick but the
Bearcats recovered and started at their own 47. However, Cincinnati squandered
the opportunity and was forced to go three-and-out, punting away with just 50
seconds to play in the third.
The Bearcats capitalized on their next touch after Toledo picked up just one
first down and was forced to punt. From its own 32, Cincinnati crossed
midfield following Legaux's 22-yard completion to Alex Chisum. Abernathy
rushed to the Rockets' 24 on a 6-yard run to set up Tony Miliano for a 41-yard
field goal to make it a three-point game.
However, after punting on its next possession, Cincinnati did not see the ball
again until there was 42 seconds left in the game. Toledo ran off a 15-play,
59-yard drive that led to Detmer's 25-yard game-sealing kick. Owens completed
a 14-yard pass to Reedy and then a 7-yard pass to Alonzo Russell to move to
the Bearcats' 37. Toledo then ran nine rushing plays until Detmer kicked the
field goal to put them up 29-23.
Toledo built an advantage early, scoring the first 13 points of the game.
After forcing Cincinnati three-and-out on its first possession, Toledo took
over at its own 45. On 3rd-and-6, Owens completed a 22-yard pass to Reedy,
which set up a Detmer 43-yard field goal.
The Rockets added seven more shortly thereafter. The Bearcats moved to the
Toledo 40 on a 7-yard run by Winn, but on the next play Legaux's pass
was intercepted by Jermaine Robinson, who returned it 75 yards for a score.
"We practiced disguising coverages all week and we knew we could confuse him
(Munchie Legeaux) with some of our shifts and calls," said Robinson. "Once I
had the ball in my hands, I just tried to make a play and fortunately it
The Bearcats picked up 40 yards on their next touch, but once again their
drive stalled and were forced to punt away. Toledo took over on its own 13 and
after Owens ran nine yards to pick up a first down, he completed a 34-yard
strike to Reedy. Owens rushed for 15 more yards to move Toledo to the
Bearcats' 29 and set Detmer up for 42-yard field goal.
On the ensuing possession, Cincinnati's offense finally got on the board
following a 52-yard run by Abernathy to the Rockets' 3-yard line. Two plays
later, Legaux rushed into the end zone to make it a one-score game.
Cincinnati pulled within three after forcing a turnover on the Rockets' next
touch. Toledo's Cassius McDowell ran for 13 yards on 3rd-and-2 but he fumbled
on the play and Brandon Mills of Cincinnati recovered. Legaux rushed for 25
yards on second down to move the Bearcats to the opponent 23, but he threw
three straight incompletions. Miliano salvaged the drive with a 40-yard field
Toledo got the three points back just over three minutes later. On
the first play of the drive, David Fluellen broke off a 44-yard run into
Cincinnati territory before Owens completed a 14-yard pass to Russell, putting
the Rockets on the Bearcats' 26. Detmer booted at 47-yard field goal following
an Owens sack to give Toledo a 16-10 lead.
The Bearcats reduced the advantage to three after Legaux found Travis Kelce
for a 46-yard completion. The play set Cincinnati up on the Toledo 23,
but they only picked up three more yards and Miliano's kick from 37 yards out
made it 16-13 at halftime.
Toledo has won three straight in the series ... The Bearcats have totaled
over 425 yards of offense in each of its first six games ... Kelce led
Cincinnati with three catches for 64 yards.
10/21 00:17:53 ET