The Toledo Rockets had won four straight games entering their match up with the Buffalo Bulls on Tuesday night and were averaging 43.7 points per game during the winning streak. However, the Rockets understood that their offense would be tested by a Bulls defense that was considered one of the best in the conference. Toledo was up to the challenge, and led by a potent rushing attack, the Rockets ripped the Bulls for an impressive 51-41 home victory.
Toledo’s offensive line came ready to play on Tuesday night. Toledo had scoring drives of 72, 73 and 60 yards on its first three possessions of the first quarter. The Rockets were able to open up massive holes in the Bulls’ interior line in allowing Toledo to open up a 31-0 halftime lead. Freshman running back Kareem Hunt battered the Bulls between the tackles and consistently allowed Toledo to move the football at will against the Bulls’ defense. Hunt carried the ball 31 times for 186 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and one touchdown. As a team, the Rockets rushed for 323 yards on 50 carries and averaged 6.5 yards per rush.
The success of the running game forced Buffalo to move its linebackers and safeties closer to the line of scrimmage which opened up the Toledo play-action passing game. Quarterback Terrance Owens burned the Bulls with two long touchdown passes (59, 56) to wide receiver Bernard Reedy and kept the Bulls off balance by hitting receivers over the middle of the field.
Toledo was able to hold the football for 30:17 minutes in time of possession and physically wore down a solid Buffalo Bulls defensive front. Toledo utilized a game plan that exploited the weaknesses in the Bulls’ defense and forced Buffalo out of its defensive strengths.
The victory was the Rockets’ fifth in a row and moved Toledo to 7-3 on the season .