University of Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside helped the Rockets to 622 total yards Wednesday in a win vs. Akron. BLADE PHOTO
When the University of Toledo offense is clicking it can be a nightmare for opposing defenses.
With junior quarterback Logan Woodside providing efficiency in the passing game, a talented group of receivers and a dynamic running game led by senior Kareem Hunt, the Rockets can rack up points quickly.
That prolific offense was on display in Wednesday night's 48-17 victory against Akron. The Rockets accumulated 622 yards of total offense, including 290 rushing yards. Hunt rushed for 136 yards and a score and Woodside was 26-of-37 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s deadly,” Hunt said of the offensive balance. “It’s pretty scary, I’m not going to lie. Logan is a great quarterback. Everybody knows that now. Honestly as a defensive coordinator, I don’t know what I would do.”
Just how efficient was the Toledo offense? They scored a touchdown on five consecutive possessions spanning from the final possession of the first half to the end of the game.
“We slowed them down for a couple of series, and then they scored every series from mid-second quarter on,” Akron coach Terry Bowden said.
Woodside has shown he can rack up the passing yards in any given game, demonstrated by his 505-yard performance at BYU earlier in the season. But UT coach Jason Candle and his staff think the offense is at its best when their is a balance between the run game and the pass game.
“That’s who we try to be,” Candle said. “We strive to have that balance of run and pass, and we try to do the same with the distribution of the football to our players.”
The distribution to pass catchers was on full display against Akron as 10 different players caught a pass. Junior receiver Cody Thompson led the way with five catches for 70 yards and senior tight end Michael Roberts caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Woodside’s other touchdowns were to junior running back Terry Swanson and senior receiver Zach Yousey. All four of the UT running backs that entered the game caught two passes.
Toledo’s string of five touchdowns began with an 18-yard pass from Woodside to Roberts as time expired in the first half. Then the Rockets scored on each of their second-half possessions except the final one in which they ran out the clock.
“It was big to get a touchdown going into the half knowing that they were going to get the ball at the beginning of the third quarter,” Candle said. “It gave us some momentum going in, and up until the last one we were able to score a touchdown on all our drives in the second half.”
Bowden said during the week leading up to the game the goal for his team was not to stop Toledo’s offense but slow it down. He knew his offense would have to put points on the board to stay in the game.
Akron was able to keep the Toledo offense in check in the first quarter-and-a-half, but after the Roberts touchdown, there was no slowing down the Rockets the rest of the game and the Zips could not keep up.
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