Logan Woodside Leads Toledo Rockets Past the Akron Zips

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns, including three in the first quarter, to lead Toledo to a 48-21 victory over Akron at the Glass Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Woodside, who completed 17-of-24 passes, hit 10 different receivers on the day. Junior Jon'Vea Johnson led the way with five catches and two scores. Senior Terry Swanson led the ground attack with 123 yards on 20 carries.

Toledo's defense held Akron to just 333 yards of total offense, including just 119 in the first half when Toledo held a 24-7 lead. The Zips, who had just 42 yards rushing on 24 attempts, never got any closer as the Rockets scored two more times in the third quarter to take an insurmountable 38-7 lead. Sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson led Toledo with nine tackles. Junior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.

Toledo (6-1, 3-0 MAC) took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards in seven plays, capped by a terrific 24-yard touchdown catch by Jon'Vea Johnson. Johnson leaped and pulled the ball away from an Akron defender in the back of the end zone to give Toledo a 7-0 lead.

The Rockets' next drive was thwarted when Woodside's pass deflected off a receiver's hands and into the arms of Akron's Ulysees Gilbert, who returned the interception 14 yards to the UA 29-yard line. But moments later, Woodside struck again, hitting sophomore Desmond Phillips down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown. It was the first TD reception of Phillips' young career, and increased the margin to 14-0 with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

Toledo's defense got the ball right back on a diving interception by redshirt freshman Justin Clark on the Akron 36-yard line. Three plays later, Woodside hit sophomore Danzel McKinley-Lewis for a 13-yard score.

Akron (4-4, 3-1 MAC) trimmed the lead to 21-7 on the first play of the second quarter, a 25-yard flea-flicker from Thomas Woodson to Kobie Booker. The Rockets answered with a 40-yard field goal by Jameson Vest to make the score 24-7 with 10:23 left in the first half. Akron missed a chance to cut into the lead when Tom O'Leary missed a 40-yard field goal with 58 seconds left. Vest missed a 55-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the half.

Toledo pit the game away in the third quarter when Woodside hit Jon'Vean Johnson and Diontae Johnson for 25- and 11-yard touchdowns, respectively. Akron scored twice in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin. Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour rounded out the scoring for the Rockets with a 15-yard TD run with 1:40 left in the contest.

The Rockets next head to Ball State for a Thursday night game in Muncie on Oct. 26.