TOLEDO, Ohio — The first week of the college football season is on the books. Toledo and Bowling Green enter their second games at opposite ends of the record column.
On Thursday, the Rockets opened their 2022 campaign with a 37-0 win over Long Island University at home. UT’s offense got off to a slow start, but eventually started to pull away in the 2nd quarter. Sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn looked solid, going 21-28, 216 yards and 2 TDs through the air and adding 64 yards and a rushing touchdown.
The Toledo defense played hard, led by Ohio State transfer Dallas Gant, who ended up with 10 tackles and helped the Rockets kick off their first shutout since 2019.
On Saturday, UMass will enter the Glass Bowl for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
On the other hand, Bowling Green returned home after a 45-17 loss to UCLA in the Rose Bowl.
The Falcons led for most of the 1st half, revived by a blocked punt return TD by Whitmer graduate Pasean Wimberly on the game’s first possession.
Although BG’s offense found the end zone in the 2nd quarter (22-yard TD pass from Matt McDonald to Christian Sims) to push their lead to 17-7, the unit struggled to put anything together. either else. Just 162 total rushing yards and 2 of 16 on 3rd down conversions is what they ended up with.
Despite the disappointing performance, the team told the OMCL on Monday that it expects to give Falcon fans a great home opener on Saturday when they host Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m.