Terrance Owens leads the Rockets into the Falcons nest Saturday in hopes of keeping the Battle of I-75 trophy in Toledo. - Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Toledo at Bowling Green: The Battle of I-75

The Falcons and Rockets play for some big MAC stakes on Saturday. BGSU is in a dogfight with Buffalo and Ohio in the East, while Toledo cannot afford another loss in the West. The result of this game will go a long way in determining who will play in Detroit in just over one month. Follow along here for all the in-game updates and news.

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Toledo Beats BGSU in Exciting "Battle of I-75"

The Rockets earned their fourth win in a row against Bowling Green in a game that will be long remembered in this series. The win allows Toledo to keep pace with Ball State and NIU in the West, while the Falcons now must play catch-up with Buffalo in the East.

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FINAL: Toledo Beats Bowling Green 28-25

Holy Toledo!

The Toledo Rockets mounted an epic late fourth quarter drive to take a 28-25 lead with under two minutes to go, and held on to knock off the Bowling Green Falcons on the road.

Toledo jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the second quarter, only to find itself giving up 25 unanswered points and trailing the Falcons by four with under six minutes to go. Terrance Owens mounted a 70-yard drive, getting the Rockets in the redzone, before a series of penalties forced a 3rd and 25 from about the 30. A long scramble by Owens set up a 4th down touchdown pass to Alonzo Russell to regain the lead for Toledo with 1:22 left in the game.

Matt Johnson and the Falcons tried to move the ball down the field, but a key drop and some incomplete passes sealed the victory for the Rockets, keeping the Battle of I-75 Trophy in Toledo for another year and Johnson walked off the field with his head hanging.

Owens was huge, going 15 of 23 with 130 yards and three scores in the game. It was his first multi-touchdown performance of the season. His grit and leadership helped showed, especially on that final drive.

Kareem Hunt added 114 yards and a score on the ground for the Rockets, filling in for injured starter David Fluellenwho left in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Johnson had 208 yards but was held without a passing touchdown, as his lone score came on a run. Travis Greene led Bowling Green in rushing with 96 yards and two scores.

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3Q: Falcons get Momentum, but Toledo Leads 24-10

Bowling Green has stepped up out of the locker room, but Toledo continues to lead after the 3rd quarter 24-10.

The Falcons offense has been sparked through the air, as Matt Johnson has connected with Heath Jackson on 6 passes for 63 yards. The Falcons also got the first turnover of the game, after Gabe Martin and Josh Hendershot got to Terrance Owens just as he was about to pass, and DJ Lynch picked up the loose ball to give the Falcons very good field position.

Bowling Green very nearly had cut the lead to 7 after Matt Johnson ran in a touchdown from 2 yards out. But not only was he drilled at the goal line by Ethan Kagy (what looked to be helmet-to-helmet contact that left Johnson woozy), but the touchdown was wiped from the board on review. To make matters worse, a 4th an inches became 4th and 5 after a false start penalty by Dominic Flewallen, and instead of punching it in, they settled for the Tyler Tate 23 yard field goal.

Momentum is in Bowling Green's corner for the last 15 minutes.

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Halftime: Toledo leads BG 21-7

The Bowling Green Falcons scored before the first half expired, but not before the Toledo Rockets put two more en route to a 21-7 lead at the break.

The Rockets have been known for taking bad penalties at bad times, but the Falcons were guilty of two brutal penalties midway through the quarter. The Falcons had stopped the Rockets first drive of the quarter to set up a 35 yard field goal. Jeremiah Detmer's kick was true, which would have been the first field goal the Falcons had given up all season... but a defender hit Detmer late, and the refs awarded a roughing the kicker penalty to give the Rockets another chance on first and goal. The Falcons again stopped Toledo on a 3rd and Goal from the 13, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Cameron Truss gave the Rockets another set of downs, and Owens would hit Alonzo Russell for a TD pass. Toledo would build on that lead with another TD pass, this time Owens would hit Bernard Reedy from 9 yards out.

Bowling Green finally got on the board before the half expired on a 12 play, 81 yard drive. Travis Green broke off a 21 yard run to get the Falcons into the Red Zone, and Matt Johnson capped it off on a 1 yard TD run on 3rd down.

On the stat sheet, Toledo leads in total yards 212 to 156, but the Falcons have the better passing game so far, 84 to 58. Kareem Hunt already has 75 yards on 11 carries for the Rockets, while Johnson is the leading rusher for the Falcons, 37 yards on 7 carries.

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1Q: Toledo leads BG 7-0

Both teams are keeping the ball on the ground as a quick-moving first quarter comes to a close, with the Toledo Rockets leading the Bowling Green Falcons 7-0 after the first.

David Fluellen had 3 carries for 61 yards in Toledo's first drive, but then limped off the field. Trainers say it's his left ankle, and his return is questionable. Kareem Hunt has taken over, and ran in the lone touchdown of the game so far on a 1 yard carry.

As for the Falcons, Matt Johnson is 2-5 for 40 yards passing, but on the ground, they've only managed 18 yards, most of that on a 12 yard sprint by Jones in the first quarter, where he nearly fumbled the ball after diving head first.

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David Fluellen Leaves Game In First Quarter

David Fluellen suffered a back injury last week vs Navy, but got the start today at Bowling Green. But the senior running back may have agitated something:

No news yet as to if he'll return.
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RB David Fluellen in for Toledo

The Toledo Rockets lost a lot of players to injury in the Navy game, but it looks like David Fluellen isn't one of them.

The running back who left last week's game with a back injury is dressed and is listed as the starting RB for the Rockets today against BG.

We're just a few minutes into the game, no score.

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Battle of I-75: Great Rivalry Or Greatest Rivalry

The Bowling Green Falcons welcome Toledo into Doyt Perry for the Battle of I-75. Is this the best rivalry in the MAC?

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BG-UT Rivalry Game Carries Huge MAC Implications

The Falcons and Rockets play for some big MAC stakes on Saturday. BGSU is in a dogfight with Buffalo and Ohio in the East, while Toledo cannot afford another loss in the West. The result of this game will go a long way in determining who will play in Detroit in just over one month.

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Knee Injury Ends Season for BGSU WR Chris Gallon

This is unwelcome news as Bowling Green begins the most important part of their schedule and with their arch-rival coming to town on Saturday. Perception can outpace reality, though, so how harmful will the loss actually be?

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Toledo RB David Fluellen Questionable For Saturday

Fluellen Left Navy game in 4th quarter with a back injury, and has been ruled questionable for Saturday's rivalry game vs. Bowling Green.

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