Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside (11) throws against the University of Maine during their football game at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, Saturday. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Quarterback Logan Woodside had big plays working all night and the University of Toledo football team defeated Maine 45-3 on Saturday night at the Glass Bowl.
The Rockets delivered a victory in first-year coach Jason Candle’s first home game as the head man.
Woodside turned in his second impressive performance of the season for UT, passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
IN PICTURES: Toledo 45, Maine 3
NOTEBOOK: UT’s Roberts having fun scoring TDs
He recorded deep touchdown passes of 85, 64, and 89 yards and added a 21-yard TD as well.
“They gave a lot of man-to-man coverage,” Woodside said. “I just tried to take advantage of those one-on-one matchups and we have great receivers that made a bunch of big plays for us.”
Woodside hit four different receivers on his touchdown passes, finding Corey Jones for 85 yards, Cody Thompson for 64 yards, Jon’Vea Johnson for 89 yards, and Michael Roberts for 21 yards.
Senior Kareem Hunt rushed 15 times for 66 yards and Art Thompkins added 61 yards rushing and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Toledo defense limited Maine all game long as the Black Bears managed just 235 yards of total offense, including just 65 passing yards.
“That was a very good team that we just played,” junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley said. “We didn’t want to take them lightly at all because we just knew their potential and what they could hurt us with. We just had go out there and continue to do what we do and play Toledo football.”
After holding Arkansas State to 266 yards of total offense in the first game, Candle said he continues to be impressed by the defensive effort of the team.
“Three points,” Candle said. “It was big-time defense. It’s a spirited group that is well-coached and it’s challenged. There is a lot of pride on that defense and a lot of seniors that have played a lot of football for us and the younger guys are starting to make plays.”
Maine marched down the field on the first drive of the game, but stalled deep in Toledo territory. Patrick Leonard connected on a 29-yard field goal to give Maine a 3-0 lead with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Toledo opened its scoring on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Logan Woodside to Corey Jones. Jones broke free over the middle and outran the defense to the end zone for the longest catch of the senior’s career.
“It was good, there was nice energy in the Glass Bowl,” Jones said. “I’m just happy that I have a great quarterback like Logan and I’m honored.”
The catch by Jones came on a third down and proved to be a big play to get Toledo’s momentum going after Maine had a long scoring drive.
“Corey had a big one in the first quarter that got us going,” Candle said. “That was a big energy boost for us and that was a big charge. The first drive that Maine had that was a couple third down conversions and just when you think you are getting off the field, they kind of grinded it out. To come back and hit that big one on third down kind of got us going and got the crowd into it. It was a big spark.”
A punt by Maine in the second quarter was touched by UT’s Kadar Hollman and recovered by the Black Bears at the Rockets’ 35 yard line. Maine, however, went for it on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs.
The Rockets responded on their next drive as Jameson Vest kicked a 31-yard field goal to cap off a 14-play, 55-yard drive, giving UT a 10-3 lead with 5:33 left in the second quarter.
Woodside found Cody Thompson on a 64-yard touchdown pass to give Toledo a 17-3 edge with 3:29 left in the second quarter.
“Just to get out there and just trust those guys, for them to make plays, I just try to put it in their hands,” Woodside said.
In the third quarter, Woodside threw his third touchdown of the night, finding senior tight end Michael Roberts on a 21-yard score.
After a three-and-out by Maine, Thompson blocked a Maine punt and Ronnie Jones returned it for a touchdown. It was Toledo’s first punt block return for a touchdown since 2001 against Western Michigan. That made the score 31-3 UT with 4:21 left in the third quarter.
Woodside then threw a deep pass to Johnson down the sideline for an 89-yard TD, making the score 38-3 with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
Art Thompkins plunged into the end zone on a two-yard run to cap off the scoring for the Rockets.
Toledo will turn around to host Fresno State next Saturday at the Glass Bowl.
“This football team, this a group of guys that just love football,” Candle said. “You see that in practice. There is never a day that goes by that we have to force guys to practice and practice hard. When you have that, that is certainly more than half the battle. We knew we were going to get 60 minutes of football from them and I think that’s a credit to our guys and our coaches for getting our team ready to go.”
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Wide receiver Corey Jones races toward the end zone on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Logan Woodside in UT’s home opener. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON