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(Tuesday, November 20)
Final Score: Toledo 35, Akron 23
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Austin Dantin threw for 327 yards and five touchdowns as the Toledo Rockets closed out the 2012 regular season with a 35-23 victory over the Akron Zips in Mid-American Conference action at the Glass Bowl.
Dantin completed 29-of-35 passes, tossed one interception and was sacked three times as the Rockets (8-4, 6-2 MAC) snapped a two-game slide. Alonzo Russell reeled in a game-high nine passes for 139 yards and two scores, while David Pasquale turned his seven receptions into 110 yards and a TD as well.
The Zips (1-11, 0-8), who entered the game tied for the fourth-longest losing streak in the nation at eight in a row, were led by quarterback Kyle Pohl who converted 28-of-42 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns, but he too was sacked three times and had a pass picked off in the setback.
Akron actually opened the game's scoring with a 31-yard field goal by Robert Stein less than two minutes into the opening period. The visitors added to the lead later in the first when Jawon Chisholm crossed the goal line from four yards out, capping a 14-play, 81-yard drive.
The Rockets wasted little time in responding as Dantin tossed touchdown passes of 23 yards and 55 yards to Russell and Pasquale, respectively, in a span of less than seven minutes in the second quarter.
Later in the stanza Dantin hooked up with Russell on a 39-yard scoring strike as well, but prior to that Pohl combined with Keith Sconiers on a 30-yard TD pass play for the Zips, making the score 21-17 at the break in favor of the hosts.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Dantin again went to work, this time tossing a two-yard TD to Alex Zmolik and then finding Justin Olack with a three-yard TD pass to push their lead to 35-17.
At the 3:30 mark of the fourth, Akron completed one last scoring drive as Pohl hit Jerrod Dillard with a three-yard TD pass, but by then it was too late for the Zips.
Toledo picked up the double-digit win despite being flagged for 10 penalties, for a loss of 115 yards.
11/21 00:17:15 ET
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