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.