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Thompson again makes big-play receptions for UT

10/09/2016, 2:01am EDT
By By BRIAN BUCKEY BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Thompson again makes big-play receptions for UT

YPSILANTI, Mich — University of Toledo junior wide receiver Cody Thompson had another standout game for the Rockets against Eastern Michigan as he showed off his big-play ability once again.

Thompson hauled in a career-high seven catches for 126 yards. He caught a 63-yard pass down the sideline on a key third-quarter play. Thompson came into this week leading the nation with 36.2 yards per reception.

IN PICTURES: Toledo 35, Eastern Michigan 20

GAME STORY: Woodside guides Rockets to road win

“We actually came in at halftime and coach [Jason] Candle gave us some halftime adjustments and said we were going to run that play on the first possession we came out,” Thompson said. “We came out and ran it because the corners were playing off on us and we wanted to get a double move on them. He bit on it and Logan threw a great ball once again.”

Thompson’s seven catches topped his previous best of six catches at UMass on Oct. 24.

The TD catch was an important play in the game after Toledo got off to a slow start and led just 7-3 at halftime. At the time of the catch, Eastern Michigan had cut the lead to 7-6.

“It was definitely a major key,” Thompson said. “We started off slow. It was just like last year when we started off slow. We came back did things a little different than we planned on and coach Candle and our staff got us in the right plays and the momentum kind of carried us in the third quarter.”

HUNT MOVING UP: Kareem Hunt rushed for more than 100 yards for the third straight game this season on his way to a season-high 141 yards and a two-yard touchdown run. With his rushing TD, Hunt moved into a tie for second place in UT school history with 38 touchdowns. Wasean Tait also had 38 career touchdowns.

“It feels good,” Hunt said of his performance. “We are taking it game-by-game. Every game is a playoff from here on out. We can’t lose anymore. We lost one game and didn’t make it to the championship. Everybody is playing hard and it’s a tough division to win in.”

FIRST PICK: Late in the game, DeJuan Rogers intercepted a pass that was tipped by fellow safety Marc Remy. The interception was the first of the season for UT and helped the Rockets put the finishing touches on a road win.

TARGETING: Toledo senior linebacker Jeremi Powell was ejected in the third quarter following a targeting call on a UT punt return. Per NCAA rules, Powell will have to sit out the first half of the Bowling Green game next Saturday.

ROBACK: St. John’s Jesuit graduate Brogan Roback started his first game of the season on Saturday against Toledo. Roback had been backing up transfer Todd Porter. Porter missed the game because of an injury, allowing Roback to see his first full game of action this season.

He finished the game 20-of-38 passing with 255 yards and a touchdown. Roback found Antoine Porter on a five-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, but had a late interception as well.

Contact Brian Buckey at: bbuckey@theblade.com or 419-724-6110.

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