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Rockets’ Whitaker ejected from game

08/31/2014, 12:00am EDT
By By NICHOLAS PIOTROWICZ BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Chaz Whitaker, the University of Toledo's starting free safety, was ejected from Saturday’s game for targeting.

At the nine-minute mark of the second quarter, New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich scrambled on a third-down-and-6 from the Toledo 29-yard line. As Goldrich dove to pick the first down — which he did before the hit — Whitaker lurched at Goldrich and appeared to make helmet-to-helmet contact.

Goldrich appeared dazed, but eventually stood up and did not miss a play.

The officials ruled that Whitaker targeted Goldrich with the hit and called a 15-yard personal-foul penalty. After a review, the ejection was upheld.

Whitaker will not be forced to miss any additional time because of the ejection.

FIRST TIMER: Toledo defensive end Keenan Gibbs, a redshirt junior, recorded the first tackle of his college career at a big moment. With Toledo trailing in the first quarter, Gibbs sacked Goldrich for an 8-yard loss.

New Hampshire later punted on the drive.

Gibbs redshirted his freshman year in 2011, then missed both the past two seasons with injuries.

GOOD CALL: Goldrich has himself to thank for the first touchdown of the season. Facing a third down and 11 from Toledo 35-yard line, New Hampshire played a shotgun set with four wide receivers.

Not seeing what he liked, Goldrich audibled to a screen pass to receiver R.J. Harris, and the play worked beautifully. Right tackle Austin Heter wiped out Harris' defender – the only UT player on the right side of the field – and Harris coasted in for the touchdown.

ELY’S DEBUT: Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely threw the first touchdown of his Rockets career with a 64-yard strike to Corey Jones in the second quarter. The touchdown, Toledo’s first of the year, brought the Rockets within four of New Hampshire.

Contact Nicholas Piotrowicz at: npiotrowicz@theblade.com, 724-6110, or on Twitter @NickPiotrowicz

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