PROVO, Utah — In a wild game that featured 1,287 yards of offense, eight lead changes, four ties, two record-setting individual performances, an epic two-point conversion, and a last second field goal, the University of Toledo football team fell 55-53 to Brigham Young University on Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Despite a school-record 505 yards passing and five touchdowns from UT quarterback Logan Woodside, the Rockets (3-1) lost after BYU (2-3) kicker Rhett Almond kicked a 19-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
"For the most part I thought he was outstanding," UT coach Jason Candle said of Woodside. "He did a great job of leading our team and coming from behind a bunch tonight. He kept his composure and played like a quarterback should. I'm really proud of his effort. He's doing a good job. That's four really good games in a row for him."
IN PICTURES: Brigham Young 55, Toledo 53
NOTEBOOK: UT tries to keep BYU off quarterback
UT took a late lead when Woodside picked up a bad-snap and somehow found senior tight end Michael Roberts for a two-point conversion, giving Toledo a 53-52 lead with 1:11 left in the game.
"They snapped the ball when we weren’t ready for it, and I just picked it up and tried to make a play," Woodside said. "I saw Mike (Roberts) and I just tried to get it to him."
After the game Candle said he had no hesitation going for two in that situation.
"We got it," he said.
The conversion was set up by a seven-yard rushing score from senior running back Kareem Hunt with 1:11 left in the game. Hunt finished the game with 27 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown
The late UT lead didn't last as BYU drove down the field on an eight-play 79-yard drive capped by Almond's field goal.
"They made one more play than we did tonight and deserved to win the football game," Candle said.
Senior running back Jamaal Williams set a BYU single-game rushing record with 274 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries.
"That's not Toledo defense," Candle said. "We need to stop the run and do a good job limiting that."
The Rockets erased an early 21-7 deficit, but were unable to overcome a record-setting night by Williams on the ground.
On the first play of the game, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill threw a deep pass to Jonah Trinnaman for a 75-yard touchdown. Hill finished with 248 yards passing and a touchdown.
UT junior running back Terry Swanson scored on an eight-yard touchdown run to answer and cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive, making the score 7-7 with 12:23 left in the first quarter.
Williams rushed for a one-yard touchdown to give BYU a 14-7 lead with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
Dayan Lake intercepted a Logan Woodside pass near midfield and returned it to the Toledo 12-yard line, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Williams to make the score 21-7 BYU with 0:47 left in the first quarter.
Toledo again answered quickly as Woodside found Jon'Vea Johnson on a 79-yard touchdown strike to make the score 21-14 BYU with 0:31 left in the quarter. Johnson finished the game with nine catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
Woodside found a wide-open Corey Jones on a 26-yard touchdown pass as Toledo came back and tied the game at 21-21 with 7:45 left in the second quarter.
Jameson Vest had a 40-yard field goal attempt that would have given Toledo the lead late in the half, but it was blocked by BYU.
Toledo opened the second half scoring on a 12-yard pass from Woodside to Johnson in the corner of the end zone.
BYU quickly countered with a touchdown on a 48-yard run by Williams, his third touchdown of the night, which tied the game at 28-28.
UT regained the lead on a 28-yard field goal by Vest, giving the Rockets a 31-28 edge.
That lead didn't last long as Williams scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 62-yard run and BYU took a 35-31 lead with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
Woodside found Johnson for his third touchdown catch of the night, this time a 15-yarder, giving Toledo the 38-35 lead with 0:58 left in the third quarter.
BYU's Squally Canada opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run, giving the Cougars a 42-38 lead with 13:20 left in the game.
UT answered with a 78-yard touchdown pass from Logan Woodside to Cody Thompson, giving Toledo a 45-42 lead with 10:41 left in the game.
BYU kicker Rhett Almond tied the game at 45-45 with 5:21 remaining after a 32-yard field goal.
Woodside then threw a key interception that was returned to the 21-yard line of Toledo. Williams scored soon after on a 14-yard run to give BYU the 52-45 lead with 3:00 left.
"We're certainly not a finished product," Candle said. "It's game four, coming off a bye week, and we have a long way to go to get to where we want to be. I think our effort was outstanding for 60 minutes of football to just continue to fight and continue to go. That's one thing about our guys is they're not going to back down from anything and they flourish in that type of environment. It was fun to have a team across the sideline that did the same. It was an exciting game and they deserved to win the game."
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The BYU defense swarms over Toldeo running Kareem Hunt. SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
BYU defenders take down Toledo running back Kareem Hunt. DAILY HERALD (UTAH)/ISAAC HALE