Owens continues hot streak as UT gets by ChanticleersWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the third-straight game this season, Toledo junior quarterback Terrance Owens passed for at least 290 yards as UT defeated Coastal Carolina by a score of 38-28 in the Glass Bowl. Owens completed 27-of-36 attempts for 290 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for an eight-yard score in the third quarter.
Owens’ performance against the Chanticleers (2-2) now gives him nine touchdowns this season with no interceptions. He also has thrown 230 consecutive passes without an interception, the last coming against Western Michigan on Nov. 8 last year.
According to UT head coach Matt Campbell, Owens tweaked an ankle on Toledo’s final offensive series. He was receiving treatment from the team’s training staff after the game and was unavailable for postgame comment.
“I thought T.O. did some good things in the football game,” Campbell said of Owens. “I think we’re going to see there’s some areas in his game where we’ve got to continue to do a great job of putting him in position to be successful.
“But I think at the end of the day, you sit and you look at T.O., you saw him really handle the football game well. You saw him manage it extremely well.”
In the first quarter, Owens went 15 of 18 for 142 yards and a touchdown on a six-yard pass to senior tight end Cordale Scott to give the Rockets a 10-7 lead with 1:46 on the clock. In the second quarter, he found junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy for a 43-yard strike to make it 17-7 with 11:42 remaining in the half.
The speedy Reedy has emerged as Owens’ favorite target so far in 2012. Reedy reeled in a career-high 10 catches for a season-high 122 yards, giving him a team-high 29 receptions on the season.
“Terrance, he just looked at me, he was like, ‘Get open,’” Reedy said. “And that was the play, just to get down the middle of the field.”
Toledo (3-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) needed every bit of Owens in its victory over the visiting FBS-member Chanticleers, too. Coastal Carolina scored the contest’s first points on a one-yard run from running back Jeremy Height and went up 21-17 after a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aramis Hillary to wide receiver DeMario Bennett, Jr. with 13:13 to go in the third quarter.
“First and foremost, my hats go off to Coastal Carolina, their football coaches and their football team,” Campbell said of the Chanticleers, who racked up 432 yards of total offense. “I thought they came in and I thought their kids executed their game plan extremely well. And I thought they played with great effort and really gave themselves a chance to win the football game.”
Owens rushed eight yards to the end zone to give the lead back to UT and make the score 24-21 at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter. The touchdown capped a drive where Owens went 3 for 3 for 38 yards after a 17-yard punt set the Rockets up at the Coastal Carolina 40-yard line. Toledo never relinquished the lead again after that score.
“What he’s been able to do is great,” junior center Zac Kerin, Jr. said. “But you know, as an offense, we always knew that him or Austin [Dantin], whoever we have in there is capable of putting up those numbers. Last year, both quarterbacks were able to do it, and as an offense we’re not surprised when T.O. or Austin put those numbers up.”
Dantin got in on UT’s final offensive series of the game, rushing for 3.5 yards on two carries. It was the first time he saw action under center since Toledo’s season opener at Arizona.
The Rockets will be in action again on Sept. 29 when they head to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on MAC West Division rival Western Michigan (2-2, 0-0 MAC) at 7 p.m.