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Rockets rushing game gets going

09/04/2017, 11:00am EDT

UT hopes to have balanced offensive attack vs. Nevada

Toledo's Terry Swanson (2) dives into the end zone to score during the third quarter Thursday against Elon University at the Glass Bowl. The Rockets won their season opener, 47-13. Blade/Katie Rausch

University of Toledo football coach Jason Candle has said he wants his offense to be balanced. Even with senior quarterback Logan Woodside running the offense with a talented group of receivers, Candle and his staff recognize the importance of establishing a run game.

Against Elon, Toledo ran the ball 41 times for 239 yards and passed the ball 34 times for 314 yards. Being that the game was a blowout for most of the second half, it lent itself to more rushing attempts for the Rockets.

At 5.8 yards per carry, Toledo found success with a mix of three running backs. Senior starter Terry Swanson scored two touchdowns, but only rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries. Shakif Seymour carried 11 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and Art Thompkins added 15 runs for 99 yards.

It was a good way to start off the season for the running game and that should be expected to continue when Toledo heads out west on Saturday to face Nevada.

Contact Brian Buckey at bbuckey@theblade.com419-724-6110 or on Twitter @BrianBuckey.

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