'Dogs Escape Toledo 55-54 in 2OT

(AP Photo/J.D. Pooley)

Tom Brandstater threw for 231 yards and accounted for five touchdowns – including a career high four touchdown passes – as Fresno State held on in double overtime to defeat Toledo, 55-54. Both teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense...


Nico Herron knocked down Aaron Opelt's 2-point conversion pass and No. 25 Fresno State held on to beat Toledo 55-54 in two overtimes on Saturday night.

Fresno State coach Pat Hill called the victory the biggest win in his 143 games as coach. The 55 points scored was the most points since September 10, 2005 when the Bulldogs defeated Weber State 55-17.

Bulldog quarterback Tom Brandstater had a very efficient day as he was 22-for-28 with four touchdowns. Fresno State had 420 yards of total offense with 189 yards coming on the ground.

Ryan Mathews had 87 yards on 18 carries while Anthony Harding had 86 yards on nine carries and a 31 yard touchdown run. Seyi Ajirotutu had 80 yards receiving on four receptions while Marlon Moore had 79 yards on five receptions including a 38-yard touchdown reception from Brandstater.

Toledo coach Tom Amstutz decided to go for the win after the Rockets scored on Opelt's 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Allen on fourth down. Opelt was pressured on the final play and forced the ball into coverage.

In the first overtime, the Rockets needed just two plays to jump in front 48-41. Receiver Nick Moore caught a lateral and then threw a strike to a leaping Stephen Williams at the 1. Opelt then dove over for a 1-yard for a touchdown.

Tom Brandstater answered with his fourth touchdown pass, a 6-yard throw to Isaac Kinter that tied it at 48-48.

The Bulldogs got the ball first in the second overtime and took just three plays to go in front 55-48. Anthony Harding's run took the ball to the 2 and Brandstater then dove in on a 1-yard sneak.

Toledo's Alex Steigerwald sent it into overtime with a 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.

Fresno State started the game sluggish, but scored the first four times it had the ball in the second half and appeared to take control after going ahead 41-31 with 10 minutes left in the game.


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