Toledo to battle Central Michigan in key MAC West matchup

October 13, 2017 | Athletics, Events
By Paul Helgren

Toledo will travel to Mount Pleasant to face Central Michigan for another critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) out-battled West division foe Eastern Michigan, 20-15, at the Glass Bowl Oct. 7, but also suffered a big loss in the process. The outcome was not decided until sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson picked off his second pass of the game with less than a minute to play.

Sophomore Art Thompkins led Toledo’s rushing attack with 94 yards on 15 carries as the Rockets beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 20-15, to make it a happy Homecoming.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside completed 23 of 34 passes for 289 yards to lead the Rockets over the Eagles. However, Woodside’s favorite target, senior wide receiver Cody Thompson, was injured early in the game and never returned. It was later confirmed that Thompson suffered a broken leg and will be out for the season.

Woodside ranks first in the MAC in passing yards (327.0) and passing efficiency (163.4).

With Thompson out, his top targets are sophomore Diontae Johnson (28 receptions, 16.4 yards per catch, five TDs) and junior Jon’Vea Johnson (16 receptions, 14.2 yards per catch).

Senior Terry Swanson (355 yards) and sophomore Art Thompkins (337 yards) lead the Toledo rushing attack.

Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a big win at Ohio. The Chippewas forced four turnovers on their way to defeating the defending MAC East champs, 26-23. Senior quarterback Shane Morris completed 25 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Morris, a transfer from Michigan, ranks second in the MAC behind Woodside with 264.2 yards passing per game.

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