Despite the loss of two stars, the Toledo Rockets gave No. 18 Utah State all it could handle before losing, 41-15, at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, ID on Saturday.
Senior linebacker Dan Molls, the nation’s leading tackler, was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the game’s opening kickoff. A short while later, junior running back David Fluellen reinjured his sore left ankle and never returned.
Despite those losses, Toledo was in the game well into the fourth quarter, trailing just 13-9 before a 63-yard touchdown run by USU’s Kerwynn Williams put the game on ice just under the seven-minute mark. Williams then followed with two more scoring runs of five and 25 yards to finish the game with 18 carries for 235 yards.
In the end, the Rockets just couldn’t stay with the Aggies and handed it over in the fourth quarter. Though this was a disappointing loss, it ends a season where Toledo performed well; highlighted by the win over Cincinnati in the middle of the season. A huge thank you goes out to all the seniors for their contributions to rebuilding the program over their tenure at UT. They leave the program in much better shape than they arrived and that warrants acknowledgement.