Obviously a huge win. Big-time players made big-time plays for Toledo. Big-time players made big-time gaffes for BG. Therein lies the difference.
-Is this the biggest win of the Campbell era? You decide. But the only other correct answer is Cincinnati. Without question it’s the biggest road win under Campbell. The Rockets had been in a rut losing close ones on the road (Arizona, Northern Illinois, Missouri, Ball State).
-Terrance Owens should take a bow. Even had he struggled prior to the winning drive, Owens still would have been a hero. A winning-drive in a rivalry game does that. But I thought he was good from the start, making all the short and intermediate throws and moving the offense at will in the first half. Fine effort. He may be ready to turn the corner in an up-and-down senior season.
-Toledo played a clean game aside from BG’s sack-fumble that led to a FG (RT Chase Nelson got beat on an edge rush). No inexcusable penalties. No red zone blunders. Oppositely, BG kept making mistakes. Two penalties turned what should have been a UT field goal into a touchdown. Another penalty turned what could have been a BG touchdown into a field goal. You can’t sacrifice eight points to a good team. BG, despite crawling back from an early 21-0 hole, did not deserve to win this game.
-Speaking of BG, it’s funny what one game can do to a season’s outlook. With a win BG would have been in the driver’s seat to the MAC title game. As is, the Falcons at 5-3 are staring at mediocrity. Upcoming tests against Ohio (home) and Buffalo (road) will determine how people view BG’s season.
-This marked the second week in a row Toledo picked up a win in what most figured to be a toss-up game entering the year. UT, now 5-3 and one win from securing bowl eligibility, has two more toss-ups and both are at home. Buffalo comes to the Glass Bowl on Nov. 12, eight days before Northern Illinois visits. Both of those teams are unbeaten in MAC play.
-David Fluellen, who left the game on the first series with an ankle injury and did not return, should be OK, says Campbell. For the second week in a row Kareem Hunt (114 yards) went over 100 yards with Fluellen on the bench.
-An observation: Left guard Jeff Myers wore Trent Voss’ hand towel from his pants. Voss suffered a season ending injury last week.
-UT hosts Eastern Michigan this week in a game the Rockets are favored in by 28.5 points. EMU, which has yet to record a league win, started freshman QB Brogan Roback in Saturday’s loss to Northern Illinois. Roback, of Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, completed 7 of 17 passes for 109 yards.
-UT linebacker Jaylen Coleman made his long-anticipated debut. He did not record a tackle.