YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Eastern Michigan University and the University of Toledo turned on the offensive fireworks here Saturday, Oct. 13, on a cold and rainy day in Rynearson Stadium. By the time the last play was run the visiting Rockets had posted a 52-47 Mid-American Conference West Division football victory.
Trailing by a 52-40 score, the Eagles cut the deficit to five, 52-47, with 1:57 left on a 7-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Bronson Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Catholic Central).
Eastern stopped the Rockets on their next possession and the Eagles had one last offensive series to notch the win, but the game ended on a long desperation pass by Tyler Benz (Park Ridge, Ill.-Maine Township South) that was knocked down by the Toledo defense as time expired. Toledo entered the West Division battle with a perfect 3-0 league record and a 5-1 overall mark and now improve to 6-1 and 4-0.
The loss drops EMU to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.
The two teams combined for a whopping eight touchdowns in the third quarter alone, four by each team. Eastern rolled up 624 total offensive yards in the game while Toledo posted 655 total offensive yards.
The loss spoiled one of the all-time great offensive games by EMU as a team, as well as sophomore tailback Hill.
Hill, getting his first starting nod of the season, turned in the best rushing performance in the nation this year with 283 yards gained on 28 rushes to go along with an EMU record-tying four touchdown runs. His rushing effort is the second-best in school history, trailing only Larry Radcliff's 291 rushing yards, Oct. 16, 1971, at home against Eastern Kentucky. Hill's four touchdowns is the 13th time that an EMU player has scored four touchdowns in a game.