University of Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside scrambles for a first down against Ohio University during the first quarter Thursday night. He set the school record for TD passes in a season during the game. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Logan Woodside, the University of Toledo’s junior quarterback, threw three touchdown passes Thursday night to set the all-time Rockets record for touchdown passes in a season.
Through eight games, Woodside has 31 touchdown passes, two more than the 29 TD passes previous record-holder Bruce Gradkowski had in 2003 and again in ’05. Before Thursday, Woodside had thrown at least four touchdown passes in each of his last six games.
Before the game, the Frankfort, Ky., native chooses to focus on his team play over any individual accolades.
“I think I’m playing alright,” Woodside said earlier this week. “I mean we are 6-1. Wins are the only thing that really matters, so as long as we keep winning, I’m happy and I don’t really look at the individual performances.”
Asked after the Central Michigan game, if he has had time to reflect on the numbers he is putting up this season, Woodside took little time to respond.
“Not really, no time for it,” he said. “Coming back Thursday, it’s a quick turnaround, so I don’t have time to think about it before going into the [Ohio game].
DEFENSE: Despite less than stellar performances at Brigham Young and at home against Bowling Green, the Toledo defense still entered Thursday’s game ranked as one of the best in the Mid-American Conference.
At 22.4 points allowed per game, the Rockets ranked second in the conference in scoring defense. Toledo most recently held Central Michigan scoreless in the first half and limited the Chippewas to just 17 points in a 31-17 win.
The defense was looking to build on what was one of its best performances of the season.
“I think that was a better performance than we had the past couple weeks,” senior defensive end John Stepec said after the Central Michigan game. “I think the defense locked in for all 60 minutes of the game and played hard. It was definitely a lot better of a game.”
RECEPTIONS RECORD: Junior receiver Cody Thompson and senior tight end Michael Roberts could both threaten the all-time UT mark for receiving touchdowns in a season.
Through seven games, Thompson and Roberts each had nine touchdowns, tied for fifth-best in the nation.
The school record is held by Lance Moore, who hauled in 14 touchdowns in the 2004 season.
Roberts was one TD short of the school record for TD receptions by a tight end. Don Seymour had nine TD catches in 1973.
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