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Rockets tame Broncos, 37-10, win MAC West title

Senior quarterback Logan Woodsidethrew for 300 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo cruised to a 37-10 victory over Western Michigan at the Glass Bowl Friday afternoon.

The victory clinched the Mid-American Conference West Division title for Toledo. The Rockets (10-2, 7-1 MAC) advance to the MAC Championship Game vs. East Division winner Akron (7-5, 6-2 MAC) at Detroit’s Ford Field Saturday, Dec. 2. Kickoff will be at noon, and the game will be televised by ESPN. It will be Toledo’s first appearance in the MAC Championship Game since 2004.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for more than 300 yards in the regular season finale and became the first Rocket to throw for more than 10,000 yards. He has 10,083 yards in his four years at Toledo.

Woodside and senior running back Terry Swanson both reached personal milestones. Swanson, who rushed for 94 yards and scored two touchdowns, moved into fifth place on UT’s career rushing list with 3,377 yards, passing David Fluellen (3,336 from 2010 to 2013). Woodside became the first Rocket ever to throw for more than 10,000 yards. He has 10,083 yards in his four years as a Rocket.

Toledo opened the scoring on its third drive of the game with a 33-yard field goal by Jameson Vest with 2:12 left in the first quarter. Later in the second quarter, Swanson made it 10-0 with a 13-yard TD run.

Western took advantage of a Woodside interception to set up its first score of the game, a 24-yard field goal by Josh Grant to cut the score to 10-3 with 7:02 to play in the half. But Toledo answered with a nine-play, 61-yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard run by redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour, giving Toledo a 17-3 lead with 3:20 left in the half.

Woodside kept it rolling in the second half, hitting Danzel McKinley-Lewis with a 20-yard TD strike on UT’s first possession of the third quarter. Western cut the lead to 24-10 on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Reece Goddard to Tyron Arnett with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

Woodside then added another TD pass, a 13-yarder to Diontae Johnson with 17 seconds left in the third quarter to give Toledo a comfortable 31-10 lead. Vest tacked on six more points with a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter.

Toledo will begin preparing for the Mid-American Conference Football Championship Game next Saturday. Tickets for the games may be ordered online at utrockets.com.