The Toledo Rockets (11-2) are the 2017 Mid-American Conference Champions in football after defeating the Akron Zips (7-6) 45-28 in a game that was never that close.
It’s Toledo’s 11th MAC Championship in school history.
Logan Woodside threw for 307 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and completed passes to nine different in his final conference game as quarterback for Toledo.
He got to work early in the game with a 27 yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson with 10:10 left in the first quarter. Johnson added another touchdown in the second quarter and finished the game with 9 catches for 118 yards and those two touchdowns.
Jon’Vea Johnson added 6 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown and Terry Swanson ran for 180 of the Rockets 254 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns.
Toledo came in averaging 506 yards of total offense per game and they exceeded it against Akron with 561 total yards of offense.
The Zips defense forced five turnovers but they couldn’t find success offensively and obviously the horses on the Rockets offense was just too much for 60 minutes.
They went back and forth between Kato Nelson and Thomas Woodson at the quarterback position throughout the game. Nelson finished the game 8 of 18 for 177 yards and two touchdowns while Woodson was 5 of 14 for 35 yards and an interception.
During the broadcast they mentioned that Coach Bowden told the announcers he wanted to get the run game going. Akron ran the ball 33 times for 113 yards. Manny Morgan and Van Edwards Jr. combined for 97 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Kwadarrius Smith, the big playmaker on the Zips offense made the most of it when he got the ball with 3 catches for 114 yards including a 59 yard catch that helped set up Morgan’s touchdown and a 44 yard catch that he took for a touchdown.
Now, both teams are bowl eligible and will find out where they’ll be heading like everyone else on Sunday when the bowl games are announced.
According to the projections, Toledo will head to Mobile, Alabama on December 23 to play Arkansas State in the Dollar General Bowl while Akron will head back to Boise, Idaho to play once again in the Idaho Potato Bowl against Utah State.
It’ll be Toledo’s 17th bowl game in school history and Akron’s third in school history.
Akron’s last bowl game was played coincidentally against Utah State in the 2015 edition of the Potato Bowl which they won 23-21 which was their first bowl win in program history.
Toledo played Appalachian State last year in the Camellia Bowl which they lost 31-28.