Tulsa falls at Toledo, 54-51, in final seconds

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Logan Woodside tied a school record with six touchdown passes and Jameson Vest’s 33-yard field goal as time expired lifted Toledo to a 54-51 comeback win on Saturday night against Tulsa.

"It was a hard-fought game. I thought both teams had opportunities," said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. "It was one of those games that comes down to the final seconds. I have a lot of respect for coach Candle and his squad.

"I think both offenses ran the football well. Toledo had a few more explosive plays than we did. Two good offenses going at each other with balanced attacks and that makes it difficult to defend."

From the shotgun, Woodside threw his sixth score, a 74-yard bomb just before getting pounded to the turf, to Diontae Johnson to put Toledo out front 51-44 with 8:04 left. Woodside threw a 49-yard strike to Johnson two minutes earlier, and the 2-point conversion tied the game at 44.

Shamari Brooks’ 1-yard dive for Tulsa knotted the game at 51 to end a 14-play, 81-yard drive with 2:47 remaining. Toledo (3-0) drove 58 yards in eight plays to set up Vest’s kick.

Brooks’ 8-yard scoring run with 5:01 before halftime put Tulsa (1-2) ahead 28-7. The 21-point deficit is tied for the third-largest comeback win in Toledo’s history.

Woodside tied Bruce Gradkowski’s 6 TD feat which he accomplished twice. Woodside was 22 for 33 with 458 yards.

Cody Thompson had nine receptions for 178 yards and three scores and Johnson had four catches for 142 yards and two scores. Terry Swanson ran for 139 yards on 19 carries and a score.

Tulsa’s backfield trio of D’Angelo Brewer, Brooks and quarterback Chad President combined to rush for 423 yards and six touchdowns.

"Our team is always running back by committee," said Montgomery. "All those guys ran the football well. I thought our offensive line came off the football and played well."

Brewer carried 38 times for 152 yards; Brooks, 18 for 141; and President - who also threw for 125 yards - had 12 carries for 130 yards.

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