Tulsa falls to Toledo on last-second field goal
TOLEDO, OHIO — Coming off a win over Louisiana in its home opener, Tulsa got off to a fast start at Toledo.
But it was Toledo with the big finish.
Toledo's Jameson Vest kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rockets a 54-51 win Saturday.
After a big pass play gave Toledo a fourthquarter lead, Tulsa moved 79 yards in 13 plays and tied the game on a Shamari Brooks 2-yard run with 2:47 to go.
But the Rockets moved 59 yards to set up the game-winning points.
Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside found Diontae Johnson wide open down the right sideline for a 74-yard touchdown — Woodside's sixth of the game — to give his team a 51-44 lead with 8:01 left in the game.
A series earlier, Woodside found Johnson wide open down the left sideline for a 49-yard touchdown, then he hit Jordan Fisher with a two-point conversion, tying the game at 44-44 with 10:18 left.
Woodside has threw for 458 yards, while Tulsa had three players — D'Angelo Brewer, Shamari Brooks and Chad President— with more than 130 yards rushing.
Tulsa had rebuilt an eight-point, 44-36 lead when quarterback President scored on a 39-yard run with 12:07 left in the game.
The Hurricane scored on a 1-yard run from Brewer with 56 seconds left in the third quarter to retake a 37-34 lead, but Toledo's Josh Teachey returned the blocked point after 100 yards to narrow the score to 37-36.
The Hurricane lead 28-14 at halftime, but were outscored 20-3 early on in the third quarter as Toledo took a 34-31 lead.
Toledo's Terry Swanson scored on a 49-yard run on the first play of the second half to cut the margin to 28-21, then after a 25-yard Redford Jones field goal, Woodside hit Cody Thompson for an 81-yard touchdown pass to cut the TU lead to 31-28 with 8:55 left in the third quarter.
Toledo took its first lead of the game with 3:13 left in the third quarter on a 15-yard Woodside to Thompson connection.
TU scored on its first two series, getting an 8-yard TD run by President on the first and a 63-yard run by Union's Brooks on the second.
Toledo scored on a 60-yard pass from Woodside to Danzel McKinleyLewis on its second offensive play of the game.
Tulsa increased its lead to 21-7 with 3:17 left in the first quarter after Craig Suits returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Hurricane lead increased to 28-7 on Brooks' second TD run, this time 8 yards.
Toledo cut the margin to 14 right before halftime, moving 95 yards and scoring on a 26-yard pass from Woodside to Thompson.